I believe accessories are the ultimate complement to any attire: be it on the more casual or formal side of things, there are always small details that can elevate your image to new levels. Jewelry in particular, has experienced a rampage growth in popularity during recent years, with more and more men sporting bracelets, strings, and such. As experience has shown, the trick to pulling it off is avoid going overboard and try to keep things simple and well balanced.
A while back I got in touch with Madlords, a french retailer/ art gallery specialized in men’s luxury accessories. A haven for menswear aficionados, the project run by Serge and Caroline Muller brings together a carefully curated selection of artisans, providing an ever-evolving pool of creative talents. Embodying the very essence of luxury, each item is crafted in very limited series and using only the most precious and rare materials, with a strong emphasis on authenticity. Combining their unique skills and keen eye for discovering talents, Serge and Caroline manage to deliver an unseen selection of jewelry, eyewear, scarves and leather goods, easily incorporated into a variety of styles. Whether you’re looking for discretion or to stand out amidst the crowd, chances are you’ll come across it by browsing their alternatives.
Viola Milano Bracelets
If you’ve been anywhere near a menswear site or blog recently, the odds that you’ve missed Viola Milano’s mewelry are like a million to one. In a time when accessories are finally being given their rightful credit in men’s fashion, it’s easy for most guys to go overboard and sport bracelets up to their elbows and if not all, most of them are from the Milanese label. And guess what? There’s a pretty good reason why…
I could go hypocritical and say that I’m not into them just to be different, but the truth is these bracelets are just too good not to care. Although I tend to take the minimalistic approach to jewelry and keep it simple with just a couple of bracelets, the variety, quality, beauty and functionality offered by Viola are hard to match. One of the things I value most is the practical aspect: if I have to spend 20 minutes trying to fasten a bracelet, there are two possible scenarios - either I quit during the process or afterwards, I don’t take it off for a long time.
Viola overcomes this issue by using elastic strings which makes them easy to remove or switch, while adapting perfectly to your wrist. Plus, the semiprecious stones in different sizes and shades allow for unlimited combinations to match your every outfit, so your only issue will be choosing which ones to get…
Mister AW12 Jewelry Collection
There’s a common misconception that shorts have no place in the world of dapperness, that showing a bit of leg immediately throws a well put together look to the ground. If there’s one thing that Italians have shown us as of lately, is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Granted, shorts aren’t appropriate for every occasion, say work for instance, but they’re a great alternative for these relaxed Summer months when having a drink after work becomes a routine. Make no mistake, when paired properly, shorts can elevate an attire to a whole new level while portraying that special seasonal feel. Just remember to leave the socks at home, put on a pair of suede loafers/boat shoes and top them with a shirt/blazer combo. Accessories earn you extra points…
Details: double breasted cardigan by Purificacion Garcia, white dress shirt by Paul Smith, chino shorts by H&M, fringed crepe sole boat shoes by Buttero, tortoise shades by Linda Farrow Luxe, vintage pocket square, rope bracelet by Add-On, leather bracelets by H&M, watch by Rolex (GMT Master II)
Model and styling: Miguel Vieira