In the world of men’s style, few subjects are as divisive as jewellery. Some shy away from it altogether. Others, meanwhile, boldly bring on the bling. One of these men is Daniel Torjman, who makes cotton T-shirts, bone-handled knives and, yes, men’s jewellery for the Toronto-based fashion line he recently launched, 18 Waits. We caught up with Torjman for some tips.
“Unless you are in a rock band,” Torjman says, “avoid big leather bands, stud bracelets or cuffs.” Instead, go thin, and if you’re opting for multiples, make sure the materials are complementary. “A thin silver chain bracelet meshes well with a watch with a leather band,” he says. And ditch the hemp, he says, “unless you’re at Burning Man. Or a Phish show.”
Get: The simple metalwork of Scosha.
Length matters, says Torjman, who disapproves of both chokers and belly button-length danglers. Necklaces with pendants should hit the middle of your chest; those without can be shorter, landing at the base of your neck. Comfort is essential, but please, no Caribbean beach purchases. “That seashell necklace suited you fine when you were sipping daiquiris on the beach,” he says, “but it doesn’t translate to city style.”
Get: Torjman’s unisex but hypermasculine looks at 18 Waits.
The wrong ring can very easily send the wrong message. “Dragons and native Indian headdress rings may look interesting,” Torjman says, but stick with thin, simple, monotone rings – and approach multiples with caution – lest you channel the “I-played-guitar-in-a-Sabbath-cover-band-in-college look.”
Get: Teno is simple; Driftwood is bold.
Image courtesy of 18 Waits.