Bracelets for men that com­ple­ment any out­fit

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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

Taos.

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

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