to hand, a beaded bracelet with rhodium-plated
clasp, $195. Next, a combination lock triple 7,
was a time, not so long ago, when the only acceptable
accessory on a powerful man’s wrist was a watch.
have times changed. Bracelets — we’re talking beads,
leather, sterling silver — are turning up on men’s
wrists. And, get ready for this: They’re being
DOES IT COME FROM?
ancient Egyptian and Roman times, men wore golden cuffs
— often one, but never more than two — as a way to
draw attention to their elite status.
the time we reached the Middle Ages, fashion dictated
that men of stature wear long sleeves. (Only peasants
exposed their arms.) So no arm candy was needed.
1868, Swiss watchmaker Patek Phillipe made the first
wristwatch, for Hungarian Countess Koscowitz.
Wristwatches remained women-only accessories until the
early 20th century, when soldiers started to wear them;
it was easier than fumbling with a pocket watch.
the 1920s, watches were considered the well-heeled man’s
most fashionable accessory. Otherwise, however, wrists
were naked. In the 1950s, ID bracelets became a fad. And
during the 1970s, hippie dudes tied macramé friendship
bracelets around their wrists.
a peculiar thing happened: In May 2004, Lance Armstrong’s
cancer support nonprofit, Livestrong, introduced a
banana-yellow wristband as a fund-raising vehicle. The
stretchy accessory became ubiquitous on men’s and
women’s wrists, and occasionally a pop of yellow could
be spotted under a dress shirt and cuff links.
years ago, Steven Izen’s mindful Lokai bracelet —
containing beads infused with water from the highest
point on earth, Mount Everest, and mud from its lowest
point, the Dead Sea — was regularly spotted on male
the help of Etsy, thrift shops, and some uber-impressed
women, bracelets are becoming must-have men’s
IS WEARING THEM?
David Beckham, Kanye West, Puff Daddy. In Philadelphia,
former DNC host committee chairman and now Cozen O’Connor
strategist Kevin Washo and Drexel University president
YOU WEAR ONE?
and thank you. Of course, there are a few rules: Always
wear it on the watch-free hand. Two bracelets are
optimal. Don’t stack more than three.