Broken-In Luxury feat. Philip Crangi

February 8th, 2012

Back by popular request after last Summer’s “How to Wear Man Jewelry” post, my favorite jewelry designer Phil Crangi shows us what he’s been rocking this “winter”.

What I love about Philip’s renowned personal style is his ability to wear his clothes with personality. He understands the importance of investing in quality items, but that doesn’t mean they have to look pristine. He is proof that well-made clothing is built to be resilient and looks better over time with a little worn-in character.

Perhaps it comes from his philosophy on jewelry design, as he comments here about his new capsule collection for Giles & Brother:

“What we always try to do at Giles & Brother is to create that iconic piece you have been searching for your whole life and haven’t yet found.  This capsule is no different in that we concentrated on creating that one, seemingly elusive, perfect and masculine piece of jewelry that one wears forever.”

Here, he gives us 5 examples of how to pull it off.

    1. Workwear 9-5 

    “This is a bit of a workwear look for me.  As a matter of fact I wear this to work almost every day.”

    “The toughness of this hex nut cuff goes well with this outfit. It’s a really wearable piece”

    I’m not a big fan of mens bracelets, mainly because they’ve become a craze and it’s gone too far. I see guys wearing dozens of different wrist wraps in multiple colors and fabrics…it’s too much.

    Philip does it right. He keeps it simple, with the focus on one awesome piece (that happens to be a perfect match for his wicked vintage Barbour).

    • Blue cashmere cardigan by Inhabit
    • Grey jeans by Helmut Lang
    • Cape Cod watch by Hermes
    • Black waxed canvas jacket by Barbour
    • Blue & Green check flannel shirt by JCrew
    • Yellow and black check wool scarf by Comme des GARÇONS
    • Brown leather boots by Doc Marten
    • Leather hex nut cuff by Giles & Brother

    2. Devil’s in the Details

    “This professorial look is achieved with both the classic signet ring and lizard loafers.”

    “The vintage Saville Row tweed blazer, like the gold hook bracelet, have a kind of worn in luxury that compliment each other well.”

    Brown/green jacket, brown/green shades.

    Vintage tweed, worn in cords, washed scarf.

    Ostrich skin watchband, lizard skin loafers.

    The little touches that bring his outfits together are subtle and tasteful.

    The outfit gets better the more you learn about it and see the details.

    • Brown tweed jacket (vintage)
    • Grey corduroys by RRL
    • Brown plastic sunglasses by Barton Perreira
    • Signet ring (vintage)
    • Blue linen and silk sweater by Dries Van Notten
    • Brown leather penny loafers by Churches
    • Blue linen scarf by Inhabit
    • 14k gold hook with leather lashing by Giles & Brother

    3. Past Meets Present

    “I’ve been feeling kind of nostalgic.  There is something about an ’80s proportion, not exactly “Buffalo” but with a nod to that kind of look.”

    “This vintage coat was such a great find.  It feels so modern but it is from the ’50s.

    These understated Giles & Brother pieces add clean modern lines to an otherwise vintage look.”

    So much artistic personality in this look – from the graphic print, to the bandana scarf, to the white socks.

    • Green lace-up shoes by Churches
    • Mohair coat Vintage
    • Red Sweatshirt by Keith Haring by Patricia Field
    • Brown belt by Hermes
    • Visor bracelet by Giles & Brother
    • Black hook with leather lashing by Giles & Brother
    • Navy bandana neckerchief
    • Raw denim jeans by APC

    4. Seaman Inspired 

    “This is a favorite “winter in new york” outfit. Maybe it’s the blond beard but I tend to default to the seafarer look.”

    “The hex nut cuff and the id bracelet in black compliment the mood.”

    I love how Philips looks are often drawn from a specific inspiration – workwear, professorial, vintage, seafarer, etc.

    It’s a common trait among designers I think.

    5. Tough Guy Elegance


    Masculine jewelry isn’t reserved for casual occasions.

    With a suited look, though, the touches should be even more minimal and subtle.

    “Cognac diamonds set in dark steel rings give this dress up look the right edge – one of the few cases where men look good in diamonds”

    Even his suited look is full of personality – the play on dark colors/fabrics, the flare on the pants, the minimal collar pin, the perforated slip-ons, the chunky tortoise shades, the badass belt…


    • Grey Wool suit by Sabitino
    • Black perforated shoes by Prada
    • Black tie by Jill Sander
    • Black belt by Louis Vuitton
    • Tortoise sunglasses by Tom Ford

    Thanks, as always, for reading – and thanks again to Philip for participating!

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford.  


      Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of men’s bracelets and I hope the craze never dies. Guys should keep it simple though.

    • Jewellery SG

      the bracelet is so cool

    • Peter Siddle

      wow nice outfit. really cool.

    • Aimée

      In awe.

    • Addis

      After 5 minutes on your site, everyone looks the same or way to contrived. Bros, just be you…that’s the best style ever.

    • Trung

      what are those prada shoes in the last one. They are no were to be found

    • Andy

      Any idea what style the barbour jacket is? Looks great.

      • cam

        @andy – its the Bedale

    • Anonymous

      Any idea what style the Barbour jacket is? Looks great.

    • charlie

      lol “sea captain swag” haha this dude is awesome.

    • P.C. Progeny

      This is a really helpful way to try new looks. Thanks!

    • Mountain Dandy

      Phillip Crangi is one of my favorites.

    • JB

      Where did he get the hook bracelets? I like them both both there’s no mention as to where to get them.


      • JB

        Nevermind. I’m an idiot. :)

    • Daniel

      That hex nut bracelet is awesome.
      Dan, I’ve collected a number of masculine bracelets from around the world that I think Philip Crangi would enjoy seeing. Feel free to share my e-mail address with him if he’d like to see pictures or examine them in person – I live in NYC.

    • Anonymous

      he makes it look so easy to pull off fashionable brands

    • Rei Fernandez


      The “Sea Captain Swag” photos are so bad ass. Big fan of that entire look. Great post as usual!


    • mcl

      I’m intrigued by the cuffing in the 3rd look. The cuff appears to be much slimmer than the leg of the jean: Does anyone know how this look was achieved?

      • cam

        @mcl – go to Wikipedia and type in “tight-rolled pants” or “pegged pants”

      • Kevin Isola

        So funny to see it back and so prevalent. Just fold the cuff over itself on the inside of the leg and then roll as desired.

    • BillK

      Love this guy. Love this site! Keep it coming

    • Sdalsbo

      I believe that A mans shoes and a hat or fedora make the look.
      Everything else is secondary.

      • Sdalsbo

        Specifically a nice vintage fedora,and a well made pair of leather soled welted shoes are two items that finish off any mans wardrobe.

    • ian

      He is one good looking man with great style.

    • Chasin

      I too would like to know where the ring is from. Mr. Crangi has amazing style.

    • Benjamin

      This guy rocks the hell out of everything he wears–killer beard too.

    • Ben

      I love your posts mixed with other featured guests. It shows a nice range of different personal styles.

      love the artistic expression in this man of taste. now cruising his selection of jewelry online. very nice

    • John

      He kills it. I personally wouldn’t wear a lot of these pieces together, but he pulls it off with effortless style. Well done!

    • Every Man’s Closet

      Hm. I like his overall style, but the post didn’t really show how to wear man jewelry. Subtle earring and one leather bracelet, no matter what the outfit. Got it. Oh, and throw in a ring on a “crazy” day.

      • SB

        A much needed lesson in subtlety for the internets #menswear culture.

        Thanks for reading.

    • JR

      diggin the beard. wish i could grow one that manly

    • Brown

      This guy looks like Poseidon/Zeus. Great style Mr.Crangi

    • Levi

      Not my kind of look, but this guy has undeniable style.

      Something I thought was cool that wasn’t mentioned was his flathead-screw earring. Really dig that gold hook/leather bracelet as well.

    • cam

      love the suit and i’m glad to see the mention regarding too many bracelets on men. thanks for the post dan!

      • Heloisa

        I’d love to add so much of Crangi’s pieces to my wbdrroae. Alex; how skinny is the woman’s version? As a guy with pretty skinny wrists I’d hate for it to be dwarf by a huge man-sized spike FIT IS KING!

    • Johnny Hammersticks

      This dude is the CHIEF.

    • Joe

      Missed where the ring in the last set is from–not mentioned at the bottom.

    • TO

      Echo the great vintage barbour comment, the professor look hits outa the park, great 50’s coat and tasteful jewelery all around…well done again Mr. Crangi! Good call to feature him again.