These days, more men are enlivening their wardrobes – and making personal statements in the process – by adding a bracelet, ring, or necklace to their ensembles. For retailers, such pieces are also a must-sell, especially during Holiday season, as they take up minimal shelf/counter space and make ideal gift or impulse purchases. Here are three brands that MR recommends adding to your inventory.
JEN STOCKLike many creative entrepreneurs, Jen Stock started making jewelry because she couldn’t find what she was looking for in stores. “I would design pieces in my head, very inspired by my grandmother who always wore unique tribal and ethnic jewelry rather than gold and diamonds,” she recalls. When she didn’t find what she wanted, she started making it herself. Her first trunk show was at Henri Bendel on September 12, 2001. Although the entire city was on shut-down, one of her pieces was a NYC charm bracelet that ultimately sold out and reordered multiple times.
These days, her (mostly unisex) collection is decidedly spiritual and influenced by her degree in cultural anthropology, her own yoga practice, and a 14-year friendship with hip-hop and fashion mogul Russell Simmons, who wears the jewelry himself and sells it in his West Hollywood yoga studio. Materials range from hand-carved beads to semi-precious stones to macramé, medallions and rose gold. Suggested retails start at around $100 and range to $2,000. We love the hard-carved Buddhas, the OM rings, the strands of raw rubies. and beaded bracelets to layer in multiples.
As fabulous as each piece is on its own, it’s the layering potential that appeals to avid collectors. “Everything works with everything because the aesthetic is consistent,” she explains. – KAG
OFFICINA BERNARDIFounded by brothers Carlo and Francesco Bernardi in 2007, cutting-edge jewelry maker Officina Bernardi is the embodiment of European style and sophistication for the modern man (and woman).
The design, production and distribution process exclusively takes place in Italy, embodying its culture and tradition with every piece from tag necklaces to sculptural rings, bracelets and cufflinks. Officina Bernardi primarily uses sterling silver and 18k gold to create these beautiful items, which appeal to the fashion-forward man. (Prices retail from $190 to $390).
“While my brother and I have been in the manufacturing and distribution industry since 1987, we had this ongoing idea of starting our own business,” says co-founder Carlo Bernardi. “Once, we did so, we chose the most precious and natural materials to craft our pieces. With its pure and authentic design, Officina Bernardi is designed to be timeless and culturally inspired.”
Still, the Bernardi brothers have no intention of resting on their laurels. “The brand is constantly evolving,” says Carlo. “We are always looking for inspirations and designs for our new collections, bringing together an artistic tradition with our technological know-how.” – BSL
REGIME NYEstablished just three years ago by New York-based jewelry and accessories designer Ariel Neman, Regime NY offers a unique line of unisex jewelry — all made in New York.
With signature pieces ranging from rustic brass bracelets, to gold Roman coins draped along chains, this collection, which retails from $88 to $348, adds a bold statement to anyone’s wardrobe. And, these statement-making pieces haven’t gone unnoticed. Regime has established an array of A-List clientele in the entertainment and fashion worlds, including: Jamie Foxx, Fetty Wap, Johnny Depp, Nick Jonas, Wiz Khalifa, and many more.
“My goal is to set forth the notion that jewelry is as important as clothes, which represent creative expression and individuality for both men and women,” says Neman. “Allowing individuals to set themselves apart from others, and break away from a collective system society puts us in. Signifying the art of power and emotion that I put forth in each of my designs. Wanting individuals to feel a self of authority and confidence in order for them to go out and conquer their goals when wearing Regime NY.” – SG