While I was looking at the up and coming trends for Fall 2013, I noticed the theme of leather in men’s jewelry, as well as men’s fashion. It was particularly prominent in the bracelet category. There were several designers that have taken the “earthiness” of great leather and paired it with metals, producing a mixed media style that has appeal to lovers of both kinds of material. What makes a bracelet special, and different than the Tag Heuer watches’ and other fancy watches’ bands, is this allowance for mixing styles without the possibility of clashing with a face.
For example, Dolce & Gabbana have a leather and twine I.D.-type bracelet that features smooth black leather on the front and a silver D&G logo bar that also functions as the deployment clasp, which is found in fine watches. The backside of the bracelet is texturized by woven brown twine and has black leather cross stitching over it to hold it in place. Dolce & Gabbana also have a belt style bracelet made of rich brown leather that is perforated all the way around and uses their D&G logo in a “belt buckle-style” closure.
If you the kind of guy who is attracted to a more industrial look, then you may be interested in the braided black leather bracelet with the curved links of gold and stainless steel that have decorative pins for movement. They add another dimension to the design with the center crystal and inset leather.
Emporio Armani’s version of a man’s bracelet for Fall 2013 is more metal with a touch of leather. It takes a classic silver beveled link chain which holds a face-plate with the texture of woven black leather. Engraving the Emporio Armani logo on the box clasp is a nice touch.
One look that I was not quite as fond of for a man’s leather bracelet was by Lanvin. They created a wider wrapped leather bracelet that reminded me of the restraints that were sometimes used in institutions. The woven leather one was a little less institutional looking, but I just didn’t care for the overall look. With the exception of this one, and of the above bracelets would nicely compliment a leather or metal wristwatch – something like a Mens Omega Seamaster watch.