After Parker was born, I went on a sort of jewelry diet. This was a weird occurrence considering I always valued jewelry in the 'more is more is more' factor and could be found wearing gold chains (literally chains from a hardware store) around my neck. Once P came along, it was harder to wear chunky necklaces, since she’d pull at them or they’d snag while I was holding her, or even wear bracelets since they would make loud noises while I was cradling a sleeping baby. While my need for the large statement jewelry may have changed, my desire for jewelry that makes a statement, has not.
Enter the Giles & Brother line, which was founded by brother-sister duo Philip and Courtney “Giles” Crangi and currently resides right here in New York. Their line is timeless and truly embodies that authentic craftsman aura.
My general style includes a lot of studs and metal and I love a classy skull and crossbones print, (see: Alexander McQueen)….. think slightly edgy but not biker chic extreme. The Giles & Brother line was introduced to me by a friend when we visited the GQ x Northern Grade Pop-Up earlier this year…. also known as that time Jenna Lyons, in the flesh, waved at my child….. and I’ve been following them since. Something about the mix of the metal, the spike action and monogramming just rung so true to my style. Some cuffs come with crystals for bit more of a feminine touch. They have a wide selection of other options, like leather wrap bracelets and more dainty rings and necklaces, not to mention the nut and bolt styles that come in earrings and this amazing simple, yet bold, necklace. My immediate love for them came from the railroad spike cuff, but they have a truly beautiful variety of unique and conversation starting pieces. Now, I haven’t gone fully over to the simple jewelry life….. the minute I saw the oversized railroad spike… I thought, ‘Now we’re talking’!