Never underestimate the transformative power of accessories: the simple addition of a few carefully chosen items can take your look from bland to beguiling in a matter of seconds. With that in mind, we've rounded up a selection of our favourite men's accessory brands, with a focus on smaller scale independents that may not have crossed your radar. We're covering all bases – from belts to bags, eyewear to wristwear. When it comes to men's accessories, these are the names to know.
Monofore is a London-based watch brand that was founded in 2019. Fusing classic looks with a contemporary edge, Monofore creates perfectly pared-back timepieces that exude understated elegance. Its signature design features a curved dial and subtly-domed glass that eliminates shadows and creates space, with an invisible crown and stitch-free leather strap. Not a single detail has been overlooked: from the embedded crown that creates an unbroken line to polished stainless steel indexes that contrast with the matt finish of the dial to create texture and highlights. The lightweight construction means ease-of-wear: you'll barely notice it on your wrist.
Tusenö is a Scandi label that's making waves in the watch world. It was founded in 2015, when watch aficionados Alexander Bendz and Johan Holsner launched a KickStarter campaign that resulted in Sweden's most funded watch in crowdfunding history. In the years since, Tusenö has gone from strength to strength, attracting a cult following with its Swedish-designed, Swiss-made timepieces that fuse classic design with sophisticated mecha-quartz (aka hybrid) movements.
British eyewear label Oscar Deen was founded by long-time friends Oscar Phillips and Sheriff-Deen Showobi, who set out to "create a brand that represents London’s best values as we see them – openness, a sense of adventure and a healthy lick of cheek." Every Oscar Deen design begins with a pair of vintage frames that are reworked and modernised to transform an old gem into a contemporary classic. Frames are made from hand-finished Mazzucchelli acetate and lenses are made from lightweight CR-39 plastic and coated for proper UV protection.
Since its inception in 2014, Barcelona-based label Meller has made a name for itself as one of Europe's most forward-thinking eyewear brands. The label's design approach references Barcelona's exuberant, colourful street fashions while paying homage to classic silhouettes and timepiece design. And sustainability is a key part of the Meller philosophy. The accent is on the highest quality materials with clear and transparent production paths. Meller's pioneering "I Used To Be A Bottle” sunglasses collection is front and central to the company's commitment to sustainability: with 60% of the frame of each piece being made from recycled plastic bottles.
Campbell Cole is the brainchild of designers Ian and Felicity Campbell Cole, whose considered and thoughtful approach to design bleeds into everything that they create – from cardholders and coin pouches to key rings and camera straps. With a commitment to craftsmanship at its heart, the label is renowned for its masterful use of Italian vegetable tanned leather, which is designed to soften beautifully with wear and develop a unique patina over time.
Steele & Borough was founded by two veterans in the luxury accessories industry, Catherine Nilson and Niklas Bandobranski, who combine the best in luxury design with the affordability of fast fashion. Driven by a vision to merge classic cuts with contemporary materials, Steele & Borough creates bags and accessories with an idea of what classic style can be in the 21st century. Plus, by hand-selecting the finest vegan leather, Steele & Borough bags are designed to stand the test of time and partner a modern man’s day-to-day life activities.
Copenhagen-based label Mismo has become a leading name in the world of men’s bags and luggage courtesy of its straightforward, functional and durable designs that showcase only what is necessary. Every bag is made from the finest materials, such as premium metal hardware, full-grain leather and hardwearing waterproof canvas. Mismo's range of briefcases, holdalls and backpacks feature outstanding attention to detail that is meticulously harmonised with versatility and durability to strike the perfect balance between form and function.
With an ‘every last detail matters’ attitude, Dalgado has become renowned as one of Europe's top independent men's accessory brands for its selection of simple yet meticulously made leather goods. The German label produces the likes of watches, gloves, sneakers and even socks, but it's its bestselling belts that we can't get enough of. Choose from styles in hand-woven suede, braided wool felt or classic leather, all of which are ethically and environmentally-friendly handcrafted by expert German and Italian artisans, guaranteed to stand the test of time.
Aurélien is a Dutch footwear, clothing and accessories label with a philosophy of 'Smart Luxury' at its core. This translates to high-quality items that are made affordable by streamlining operations, modernising marketing efforts, working more efficiently and being in control of the entire supply chain. We love Aurélien's entire offering, but we particularly can't get enough of its belts, which are timeless and made-to-last. Choose from waxed cotton, Softey suede (which comes exclusively from French calfs and is treated in one of the most renowned tanneries in Italy) and supple grained leather. Available in a range of versatile hues.
Our edit of the best men's accessory brands wouldn't be complete without a nod to the top-notch labels that are making hats cool again. Enter Stiksen: a Swedish brand that believes in the power of the cap as a versatile every-occasion accessory. With a focus on excellent quality over loud logos and obnoxious branding, Stiksen creates minimalist caps that can be worn anywhere from the office to the great outdoors. All of its caps are made using eco-friendly fabrics like 100% organic GOTS-certified cotton, or recycled wool, so you can feel good about your purchase.
Depuis Toujours – French for 'since always' – was founded in Brooklyn, NY in 2019 as "an ode to forever". The brand is inspired by all things nostalgic – as such, timeless design is at its heart. Depuis Toujours specialises in unisex headwear, aiming to elevate the humble baseball cap to the status of an essential accessory that can transcend trends and seasons.
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