When it comes to style, the smallest details can often be the difference between a good outfit and a godly outfit. That’s why knowing how to accessorise (and having the tools to do so) is what really separates the boys from the men.
The bracelet is perhaps the ultimate example of this. On the surface, it’s nothing more than a mere loop of metal or fabric. But when the right one is chosen, it has the power to elevate, refine and give purpose to even the simplest of ensembles.
Wearing a bracelet is the easy part. What really takes some work is alighting on the right style and brand for you. In order to steer you in the right direction, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite men’s bracelet brands and the reasons why they’re the best at what they do.
Since its inception in 2009, Miansai (featured image, top) has established itself as one of the leading names in affordable, stylish jewellery.
The brand’s Italian leather and marine-grade rope bracelets have long been its bread and butter, but there’s an ever-expanding selection of precious metal options for those who prefer their wrist wear a little glitzier.
Designs are subtle and understated. In other words, if you’re a fan of the Mr T aesthetic (which we sincerely hope you aren’t), Miansai probably isn’t the brand for you. If, however, you like your jewellery tasteful and reasonably priced then look no further.
Born of a son from a family with a history in design and jewellery – conjuring sketches, handcrafting metal pieces, following through the silver making process, to the final polishing – the attention to detail and experience of Azuro Republic is clear. The brand is constantly searching the world for unique and valuable minerals, and piecing this heady cocktail together through 18 manufacturing methods to eventually reveal beaded bracelets with a unique history and value.
There is a tireless dedication to fine craftsmanship in the pursuit of excellence, but with a mix of classic tradition and modern creativity. The result is exquisite designs, suited for any true gentleman.
We are particularly interested in the brands new personalised bracelet customiser, where you can build your own bracelet with Azuro Republic’s customisation tool. There are endless design possibilities – choose between a variety of bracelet styles from the classic beaded with string or elastic to multiple leather designs.
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Founded in London by Robert Tateossian in 1990, Tateossian aims to arm its customers with a unique way to express their personality and style.
Notably, Tateossian’s designs often incorporate unconventional materials – bits of meteorite, fossils and copper nuggets, for example – alongside diamonds, gold, silver and gemstones. As a result, the brand’s jewellery is often unusual, eye-catching and characterful.
Bracelet options range from modest yet stylish cable, rope and leather designs, right the way through to precious metals and diamonds. The overarching theme, though, is quality and individuality – core values which have seen it become one of England’s most recognised jewellery brands.
Parisian metals brand La Gramme’s minimalist take on the classic cuff bracelet has seen it gain international attention over the last few years.
Each object is named according to its weight in grams and while the collection includes rings, necklaces and earrings, it’s the bracelets for which Le Gramme is best known.
There are both cable and band (or “ribbon”, as the brand calls it) styles available, all featuring the same trademark simplicity and precision design. All bracelets are handmade in France and can even be engraved to add a personal touch.
Parisian stalwart A.P.C. is well known for its trademark brand of chic minimalism and European cool. Turns out this winning formula extends to the label’s range of jewellery too.
There are no gimmicks, no exorbitantly-priced materials – just simple metal bracelets. Brass is the most commonly used material, finished in either gold or silver.
Designs vary but are united by their shared understated styling and solid construction. Nothing less than you’d expect from one of the coolest labels on the face of the earth.
Hailing from Japan, Mikia is a jewellery brand inspired by the journeys we all take and the people and places we meet along the way.
Founder and designer Aki Mitsubayashi spends a lot of time travelling and uses this as inspiration for her jewellery.
Each piece is handmade in Japan and every material used has its own story. The resulting bracelets are intriguing, unique and stylish, making them ideal for those looking for something a little different.
Chamula is the result of designer Yuki Matsuda’s travels through rural Mexico. The label specialises in footwear and accessories, with each item meticulously handcrafted by Native American artisans.
The brand’s bracelets are woven from horsehair and feature traditional Native American patterns. There are both cuff styles and braided styles to choose from, each made using the same traditional techniques.
Colourful and unique, Chamula’s authentic bracelets are ideal for bringing a pop of colour to a simple outfit. Plus, with prices ranging from £25 to £85, it’s a jewellery option that will fall comfortably within most budgets.
Born and made in Los Angeles, M.Cohen’s bold and eclectic jewellery boasts a committed following of A-list fans.
The American label’s designs are based around the principle of layering and are designed to be worn together. Pieces can be purchased either as standalone items or in stacks which consist of several styles together.
Prices range from around £200 for a single bracelet to several thousand for more intricate, stacked designs.
Since 1974, Peyote Bird has been making handcrafted, artisan jewellery inspired by the American Southwest. In that time, it has become known for its employment of local artists, its heritage silversmith techniques and its use of turquoise throughout the range.
The family-owned, Santa Fe-based brand fuses old and new in its unique designs. Bracelets are often quirky, colourful and give nods to their artists’ American and Native roots.
London-based Alex Orso offers a tightly curated selection of meticulously designed and refined men’s bracelets.
The label’s entire ethos centres around the idea that style is in the finer details. It’s something that’s clearly reflected in the beautifully restrained and discreet designs.
All of Alex Orso’s minimalist cuffs are cast from sterling silver and plated in either 22kt gold, rhodium or ruthenium. Pared-back and stylish, they make a good option for those looking for something subtle that will look good with everything.