Aoúd Jewelry Spring/Summer 2013 Japan Collection

Aoúd Jewelry | Japan Collection

We first were turned to Italian jewelry design label Aoúd last year and we’ve been loyal fans ever since. With such a solid first collection, we’d think it would be quite difficult to beat the second time around but they’ve done it with these pieces designed for the Japanese market. Japan is where all the Western subcultures are experienced in a very deep way, almost fetishist and so there’s much to appreciate there from the second collection of aoúd. The line features pieces made of silver and brass and produced entirely in Italy and brings us back to the atmospheres of the chopper culture.

The sacred symbols of the first collection are strong again and when combined with modern rosary beads and wallet chains, they create the connection to an imaginary scenario of the ’60s.There is where gang of bikers were beautifully described by Hunter S. Thompson in his report of the Hell’s Angels ’67 and by the photographer Bill Ray in an article for the American magazine Life ’65. Each piece holds deep meaning and inspiration and we’re quite impressed by the evolution and versatility aoúd is showing with their latest collection. The collection is sold in select stores internationally including Excelsior in Milan and Strasburgo in Japan.

PROJECT NY | Bernard James Jewelry

Bernard James at Project NY Fall/Winter 12

Unless you live under a rock (or don’t read Por Homme), you know that jewelry has made a resurgence in menswear. Bernard James is an up and coming jeweler from New York that’s riding this trend and merging culture with fashion. The collection — comprised of bracelets, rings, tie bars, and necklaces — is inspired by the people of the Omo River Valley and the notion of sustainability. All of the pieces are handcrafted in Brooklyn by James and are made using the finest quality natural materials: sterling silver, leather, and stone beads.

Profound Aesthetic Olive Wood Bracelet

Profound Aesthetic Olive Wood Bracelet

The warmer it gets, the more we’re inclined to ditch our watches and put something a bit more lightweight and casual on our wrists. We’ve covered Profound Aesthetic’s wrist wear offerings in the past and they’ve just tipped us off to a new colorway being added to the brand’s well-recieved “Wood” Collection. They’ve dropped a new bracelet, this time opting for olive wooden beads and a black quartz stone. The piece always features an anchor finished in oxidized silver that is a welcomed touch.

Introducing | Profound Aesthetic ‘Wood Collection’ Wristwear

Introducing | Profound Aesthetic 'Wood Collection' Wristwear

Though we’ve always felt a man’s wrist should be reserved only for a watch, here are a few wrist pieces from the folks at Profound Aesthetic that we’d actually consider wearing. This doesn’t happen often. These beaded bracelets are hand made with the utmost care and feature natural stone accents alongside the wooden beads. They have this distressed look to them that really standouts. The piece comes in four finishes — black, natural, red and brown. For the summer, these can be a perfect substitute for your watch when you’re lounging or walking in the sand.

Look for the entire ‘Wood Collection’ to hit Profound Aesthetic‘s webstore in the coming days.