11
Oct

Thoughts on man bracelets? Ok for work or no? Where to get them that don't cost a ton?

- Asked by Anonymous

Personally, I’m not really a fan and generally don’t know how appropriate they would be in my workplace (then again, I do stuff like go sockless and wear coral-red chinos from time to time, so make of that what you will).

As for your workplace, tough to say without more details. At a law firm or banking institution, wearing one might fall outside of the more conservative atmosphere. Anywhere else though, perhaps it’d be fine if kept “toned down” and you weren’t wearing six inches of them up your arms.

For a dissenting opinion, dieworkwear thinks bracelets can be worn conservatively. He also has a roundup of where to buy some leather bracelets.

Still, I think his list is definitely on the expensive end of the spectrum. A cheaper, but decent-looking alternative would be these Horween shell cordovan woven bracelets from Hellbrand Leatherworks for $55.

A quick search on Etsy also turns up Joe V. Leather and Born in Brooklyn. There’s also Corter and Hollows Leather.

For bead bracelets, I’ve previously mentioned BrryBnds and HomerJ.

ADDING: dieworkwear mentioned in the comments that you should also check out Put This On’s “bracelets” tag for more options he’s found, too.

04
Oct
25
Aug

David Lane Design

One of the great things about the rise of Internet-based commerce is that you no longer have to go to a department store to buy mass-produced, overly-branded products and deal with a limited selection. Sure, maybe things are cheaper — and it’s fine to be OK with that — but maybe you have an idea in your head about what you want exactly done for an item and the odds of any store stocking such a rare concept is quite slim.

That’s why I love finding small-business operations for things like leather accessories. You can talk directly to the guy (or gal) making your item and see if they’re open to making unique designs or using a certain type of leather or thread.

David Lane Design is one of those places — a one-man shop who started doing custom leather watch straps completely by hand. I hate to use hyperbole, especially after only seeing photos online, but take a look at these watch straps and tell me they’re not beautiful.

Everything is completely customizable: lug width, strap width, strap length, stitching, stitch color, leather used, etc. As you can guess, this kind of customization does come at a high cost, but if you’re the type who can buy a Rolex, then why not spring for an equally impressive strap, too?

Beyond watch straps, other custom leather items are available — including bracelets, a guitar strap cut from a Swedish Gustav K ammunition pouch and now wallets. The wallets range from $77 to $117, depending on the features you want on it. Here’s what David told me in an email about his new wallet design:

I have spent the last 5 years dismantling ammunition pouches and various pieces of military equipment, to construct watch straps for my customers. I have used the design features of these historical pieces to construct a wallet that features the same degree of craftsmanship and purpose driven design. I wanted to create a wallet that performs to the same level and ruggedness as the ammo pouches, yet still simple, aesthetically clean, and functional. I have put my personal wallet through 6 months of research and design, before landing on a final product.

Attached are all examples of the designs I have been working on. They are all completely customizable from the type of hardware and stitch color, to custom initials and edge dye.

The wallet above is David’s personal one he’s used for the past six months. If you’re interested in a wallet, then you can pre-order now by emailing David, who plans to start shipping in November. Each wallet will ship in a burlap sack, a custom crate and a written history of his work.

David also told me that in the future he plans to add other wallet designs, iPhone cases and key chains. I’ll be keeping an eye on his site for the future.

25
Aug

NYT on mewelry

Honestly though, this is probably the only piece of mens jewelry I would ever wear.

06
Aug
nickelcobalt:

barrybonds:

BNDS Bracelets
Available in two styles: slim and large. Four colors in the slim (front to back): light brown, blood red, mahogany, and black. Slims are super lightweight because heavy bracelets are a pain. Two colors in the large: light brown and polished brown. 
Name your own price didn’t work all that well and a bunch of people just ended up asking me for a price, so I’m setting a price this time around.
$11 each$12 each for Canadian buyers. 
Price includes Paypal fees and shipping cost. Int’l buyers just send me a message.Send payment via Paypal to BRRYBNDS@gmail.com with style, color, and size (small or large, or you can take your wrist circumference and I’ll figure your size).  



finna cop

I don’t wear bracelets, but for those of you who do, then this seems rather reasonable and it goes toward a blogger, so that’s cool.

nickelcobalt:

barrybonds:

BNDS Bracelets

Available in two styles: slim and large. Four colors in the slim (front to back): light brown, blood red, mahogany, and black. Slims are super lightweight because heavy bracelets are a pain. Two colors in the large: light brown and polished brown. 

Name your own price didn’t work all that well and a bunch of people just ended up asking me for a price, so I’m setting a price this time around.

$11 each
$12 each for Canadian buyers. 

Price includes Paypal fees and shipping cost. Int’l buyers just send me a message.
Send payment via Paypal to BRRYBNDS@gmail.com with style, color, and size (small or large, or you can take your wrist circumference and I’ll figure your size). 
 

finna cop

I don’t wear bracelets, but for those of you who do, then this seems rather reasonable and it goes toward a blogger, so that’s cool.

27
Jun

MTM handmade bead bracelets — I prefer to only place a watch on my wrist, however, I know others dig the look of bracelets. If you’ve been looking for beaded bracelets, but perhaps have either skinnier or larger wrists and were kind of timid buying bracelets online before because of this, then StyleForum user HomerJ offers what might be a good solution for you: made-to-measure bracelets.

For $15 you can send in your wrist measurement and get a custom-made bracelet from beads of glass, horn, wood, stones, marble and even jade ($25). Though not my personal style, I will say that they look pretty sharp and he’s gotten quite a bit of positive feedback on SF.

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

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