Bracelets for men that complement any outfit
There was a time, not very long ago, when the Western world looked dubiously on a man wearing a bracelet. At best, it was a style reserved for dads displaying the summer camp craft projects of their precious progeny or for kind people using their wrists to lend a hand in raising awareness of a disease.
At worst, bracelets on men suggested that the wearer was a bookie, a procurer, a shifty playboy, or a trying-too-hard countercultural peacock. Exceptions could be granted, in certain contexts, to 1950s youngsters pairing ID bracelets with letter sweaters, to Euros matching Cartier ‘Love’ bracelets with private jets, and to aficionados of Navajo jewellery actively vacationing in
Things have changed. Approval of carpal decoration took off in 2012 when, according to
the shopping site Mr Porter, “the sale of men’s accessories skyrocketed, spearheaded by what was then a new trend for
men’s bracelets”. Haute bohemians in the pop-cultural community have led the charge: Kanye West, Channing Tatum, David Beckham - you cannot swing a mesh chain without hitting a star who does not favour the style. Most, moreover, find ways to wear them that are more varied, more interesting, and less overdone than the gaudy pirate mode favoured by Johnny Depp. The rules used to state that you should never contrast the beach cool of a bead bracelet with the formality of a business suit. But even those have begun to erode.
But though these bracelets are everywhere, it’s not necessarily easy to find one that’s right for you. Bear in mind, though, when shopping for bead bracelets, the cruel truth that many makers can employ quality materials, yet not consis- tently deploy the best design taste. A case in point is David Yurman. When the brand keeps it simple, stupid, as with this black onyx number, it’s beautiful. When it goes gaudy, as with a skull bracelet with black diamonds, it’s just stupid.
If fine leather bracelets are your thing, seek out Hermes on the ultra-fly high-end and Wood and Faulk for a simple wrist wrap at a price point that belies the quality of its hardware. Though tending toward the rock star or motorcycle gang member looks, leather cuffs are now eminently respectable in all relatively unstuffy circumstances.
If you luck upon a Studebaker Metals, (and luck seems an appropriate value), give the faint occult nature of these charms. The company operates its workshop in Pittsburgh. Studebaker offers unisex cuff bracelets in four sizes, ranging from small (6”) to XL (7.5”).
While some high-end makers of leather bracelets offer sizing, it is rare to find a metal cuffs in such a variety.
In brass, pure copper, and sterling silver, a majority of Studebaker’s off-the-shelf cuffs cost less than US$100; their 18carat gold cuffs, which start at US$3,200, are custom-sized. They are among the companies reporting that copper has caught up with brass in popularity as a metal, and that polished metals are now keeping pace with those that sport a patina.
Clockwise from top left: Wrap bracelet by Isaia; Love bracelet in yellow gold by Cartier; the double woven bracelet with Gancino hook closure by Ferragamo; Foundry cuff in sterling silver by Craighill