How to Wear Man Jewelry feat. Philip Crangi

July 14th, 2011

Pulling off man jewelry can be tricky and daunting at times. Which pieces to pair together, how much is too much, how to keep it all looking masculine, etc.

Who better to show us the ropes than my favorite jewelry designer, and one of our style inspirations here at Articles of, Philip Crangi.

Philip is not only one of the most noted industry leaders and trendsetters in jewelry design, he’s also a friendly, down-to-earth guy with badass personal style. Between his fine jewelry collection Philip Crangi which combines age-old techniques with a unique palette of gold, wrought iron and steel, and his edgier diffusion collection Giles & Brother (a collaboration with his sister Giles), Phil has managed to find the perfect balance between fineness and ruggedness in order to put out some of the most wearable pieces in the men’s jewelry game.

Here, we caught up with Philip in New York’s meatpacking district so he could give us a taste of what he does best.

    1. Let the Jewelry Shine


    “Here I’m keeping it simple with just enough personal jewelry to make this basic look mine“.

    Let the jewelry speak for itself. A simple, well-fit neutral look is a great canvas to showcase some statement pieces. You don’t need other elements competing for attention (i.e. other accessories, bold colors, etc).

    Although hand-crafted with fine jewelry techniques that Philip studied at the renowned Rhode Island School of Design, the majority of Phil’s pieces have a toughness and manliness to them – an embedded dagger in one neckless, and an anchor in the other, for example.

    • “Arceau” watch by Hermes
    • Plastic shades by Bottega Veneta
    • Black leather lace-ups by Yves Saint Laurent
    • Slate trousers vintage
    • White s/s henley by Louis Vuitton
    • 14k gold necklace both by Philip Crangi
    • Stainless steel necklace by Philip Crangi

    2. The Importance of Scale


    “The cuff is a lot fancier in this look – it’s from my fine jewelry collection, but its scale keeps it chic and casual. Scale is one of the most important things to consider with men’s jewelry. It’s better to have several smaller pieces – one big chunky thing rarely looks masculine and always looks dated”

    A man of true style shows his taste level in everything he does. Take a look at the decor in Phil’s amazingly chic home.

    Side note: the man also understands the importance of a good pair of shades. These were only the few pairs that were on his kitchen table when we arrived…

    • Brass railroad spike ring by Giles & Brother
    • Iron and gold anchor necklace by Philip Crangi
    • Double belt by Comme des garcon
    • Brown leather sandals by Baleciaga
    • White chinos by RRL
    • Blue stripes short sleeve shirt by American Apparel
    • Stainless steel and 14k gold cuff by Philip Crangi
    • “Cape Cod” watch by Hermes

    3. Amp Up Your Basics


    Another example of keeping it simple and adding personal touches with jewelry.

    “I’m feeling pretty classic this summer with just one or two perfect pieces of jewelry – my favorite watch, a simple leather cuff (a new classic from my Giles and Brother collection) and my gold rail road spike ring”

    Philip also wears his watches to the inside of his wrist, since they seem to twist halfway around on him naturally anyway. It’s a great unique touch and also a good way to protect the watch face from banging around.

    Few things work better than rugged man jewelry and cool skin art…

    • Brass railroad spike ring by Giles & Brother
    • Brown suede shoes by Yves Saint Laurent
    • Shades by Cutler and Gross
    • “Cape Cod” watch by Hermes
    • Blue trousers by Acne
    • White oxford by Brooks Brothers Black Fleece
    • White striped rope belt by Giles & Brother
    • Black leather “visor” cuff bracelet by Giles & Brother

    4. Transformative Effect


    “Here’s a good example of layering to get volume, plus i’m wearing all my fave’s together – a good summer look”

    This look proves the power that the right jewelry can have. The pieces here completely change the look and feel of this tank + shorts + sneaker outfit. Genius.

    • Green patterned tank top by Dries Van Notten
    • Timepiece by Swatch
    • Red/white high tops by Gola
    • Navy cotton shorts by Kolor
    • Wayfarer sunglasses by Ray-Ban

    Thanks for reading and special thanks to Philip for participating!

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Brent Eysler. 

    • twinkles1984

      Very handsome inspiration. I would like to add Deific Jewelry as a personal favorite of mine. They have bold pieces that are intricately and exquisitely handcrafted that express a mixture of boldness, style and elegance.

    • Aansy Stone

      SEXY!! I must say, cause that’s the first that pop up in my mind as i saw this guy. Not too much but the very simple and little accessories are looking really fantastic on this Gentleman.
      love the “Arceau” watch by Hermes and the necklace too and also a big thumb up for the photographer too :)

      ~Aansy Stone

    • Smith Alen

      Nice style and fashion jewelry. I didn’t know that can the jewelry also available for the men, now I realized by this post. Moreover I like the style of dressing, designs of body tattoos and as well as shoes. Though the shoes are simple in looking but these seem very comfortable and light weighted also.

    • Peter Siddle

      Wow this is really nice and great post.

    • Toto

      The sandals on the second page are awesome

    • Sharon @ Brilliance

      Nice article. He has a quite quirky sense of style.

    • Siddle Pit

      Thanks so much Paige! :)

    • Anonymous

      It was excellent and very informative. As a first time visitor to your blog I am very impressed. I found a lot of informative stuff in your article. Thanks for posting.

    • Braddock

      this site is so informal and exciting to read…I’ve been getting into fashion and been trying to find the know how to expand my wardrobe since I’ve been getting bored with my same’ole attire…it’s on lol

      • Bijuterii

        Great site indeed! Superb pictures!

    • Christian Burch

      I love Phillip Crangi. SO COOL.

    • rachel

      Very stylish man…nice jewelry and accessories are using by Philip. He does always introduce a unique collection of men jewelry. I think use some beads in jewelry for giving more elegant look.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve always loved this man.
      A true style icon.

    • anon

      sick photography!

      • Brent

        Thank You Anon!

        Phil was great to work with!

    • SK

      still waiting on that video, Dan!

    • Vinny

      Off topic but where can i get those YSL shoes??? i cant seem to find them anywhere online…

    • anonymouse

      those ysl shoes! any additional info on the shoes in looks #1 and #3? can’t really get a good look at em.

    • DH

      Early nomination for menswear blog post of the year most likely to change perceptions of what constitutes dressing well. Showing these different looks within the context of the usual posts is a great idea, very relevant.

      Definitely up there also for menswear blog post most likely to inspire readers to get a tattoo. This guy does it very well.

    • kayvaan

      the masculinity of the tats kind of offset the jewelry.

    • Brett


    • Mountain Dandy

      …and, seriously, the yellow couch with the striped rug is awesome.

    • Mountain Dandy

      I’ve never been a fan of man jewelry, but lately I’ve been sporting a leather band in homage to the final scene of The Breakfast Club…along with my watch and a simple string bracelet. The guy in this photos makes me want to try a little bit more…and be a little more mysterious.

    • cam


      are u still dropping ur line in 5 days?

      • SB

        Small hiccup. Might be more like 10 days…Nevertheless, very soon!

        I’ll be making an announcement when it goes live. Keep in mind, its a very short run, and it will be first come, first serve.

        More soon,

    • VB

      I always thought of this guy as a younger version of Nick Wooster.

      • Brent

        Funny you say that VB, Take a look at the Home Page.

    • Kerry Graham

      Just in time! I was thinking of looking for some jewelry this weekend and this gives me some great ideas.
      Love Philip’s work. Very cool pieces.

    • Robert Marshall

      Great post!!!!

    • tyler

      would be awesome to see more photos from this shoot!

    • Vadims

      This new photographer takes SB to the next level!

      • Brent

        Thanks bud!

    • 8ighty6ix


      • Tim

        I hate how my facial hair grows too man. I want a manly beard someday too!

    • Chris

      I can’t count the number of times I’ve shown Crangi to a hair stylist and asked for that cut, only to be given a military high ‘n tight.

      Also coincidentally I bought that AA shirt last weekend.

      • Arron

        Some hair stylists are just weird. It is a high and tight just with a faux on top. If u lived in so cal I could easily cut that haircut. Sad some people out there can’t do something so simple

        • Paul

          Arron, where in Socal are you? Im in Fullerton and im lookin for a good stylist. Have a good one now but im always lookin for somethin better

          • steven

            yes, where in so cal are you located. if you can do this cut, that would be awesome! my stylists now, for some reason cannot do it.

    • Anonymous

      Love Phil’s look and vibe.

    • dish

      Philip Crangi is such a stylish BAMF. Some of his outfits cost more than what I have in my bank account, and yet he looks rugged as hell, and not in the least bit delicate or precious.

    • Tim

      But why does he turn his watch inside-out? I know there are people out there who do that, but it drives me crazy.

      • dre

        Wearing a watch isnt always for showing off the face. I personally keep my watch facing me too because its easier to read (im typically reading documents for my job), and like Dan said, it keeps it from getting banged up. When you invested a couple g’s on a timeless piece, I rather not risk it getting eaten up during the typical workday (as many of my previous watches have).
        Excellent style Phil. Dan, your posts are getting more and more innovative. Awesome work by you and your crew.

        • cc

          Yea I stole this from the trad and do it for the same reason. I hope it doesn’t catch on, personally. I dress pretty plainly and this is the closest thing I have to flashy.

    • Steve

      Was looking for something like this. Crangi is a perfect inspiration for me as well. thanks a lot Dan. Always killing it.

    • Raza

      crangi is one of my style inspirations as well!

      great read, thank you!