If clothes are cakes, then jewellery has to be the icing. And that’s not just a rubric for girls, it’s for men, too.
Since the last decade, watches and bracelets have become the coolest combo. “This has become a lot more popular in recent years. Men have been replacing ‘chaparritas’ (wrist bracelets) with beads and are pairing them with a watch on one hand and a stack of bracelets on the other,” André Whittaker of Edge Accessories, a local jewellery company, explained.
Whittaker, a skilled jewellery designer, makes beaded, leather and stone bracelets by hand. He fully endorses the trend, adding that men are adding even more stylistic touches, with semi-precious or wooden ‘stone’ bracelets instead of beads.
Be conscious of your attire
When stacking watches and bracelets, colour blocking and matching are left to your personal preference but don’t forget to keep your dress code in mind. For Whittaker, you can never go wrong pairing black with shades of grey. Some people will choose complementary colours, while others will opt for contrasting colours that allow either trinket to pop.
Like Whittaker, Al-Jerone Bryson has noticed and admired the trend. He is the owner of Wrist Craft JA and provides watches, stainless steel bracelets, and other accessories. Al-Jerone adds a special touch to his pieces. He inscribes special messages to add a sentimental touch.
“I’ve seen the trend too. My business was recently established and so far I have sold over a thousand bracelets,” he said, noting that these bracelets are not only paired with watches. They can stand alone.
Shot on location at the Knutsford Court Hotel
Model: André Samuels
Watches and metal bracelets were provided Wrist Craft JA, @wristcraftja.
Beaded bracelets were provided by: Edge Accessories, @edgeaccessories.
Story by Rocheda Bartley
Photos by Kenyon Hemans