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…

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…

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. 

  • 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!