I am new to Pinterest, so I was exploring to see what all the fuss was about. It’s pretty interesting. Basically, it’s a way to bookmark cool stuff you find on the web into collections. While I was browsing, I came across a bracelet, which appealed to my love for things both preppy and nautical. When I clicked through the link, I found a gem of a company, Kiel James Patrick. Based in Rhode Island, Kiel James Patrick handcrafts accessories, primarily bracelets, reminiscent of my college years, when nautical-inspired accessories and classic plaids and tartans were king. Kiel James Patrick takes these classics and puts a contemporary twist on them, making a classic-cool addition to your wardrobe. It’s no wonder that Tommy Hilfiger used them in his “Meet the Hilfigers” campaign.
It was hard to choose from all the fabulous offerings, but I selected the Leather Turk’s Head Knot Bracelet. This one is called, “Mariner and Cape Poge Bay.” When I received my package, I could tell that KJP cares about the products they make. My bracelet arrived in a lovely navy blue box, hand-tied with a nautical knot (a bowline knot?).
When you open the box, your bracelet is wrapped in tissue with a nostalgic map design, which is repeated on the box interior. Love the wooden tag with madras pattern on the reverse side! When you make such a great product with such care, you don’t skimp on the packaging.
KJP’s line is genuinely American. As KJP says on the website, “From the buttons to each individual stitch, KJP products are 100% USA Made.” KJP’s line at the present is limited to bracelets, neckware, belts, earrings and headbands. I’m looking forward to this fall when KJP teams up with another great American company, Frank Clegg Leatherworks of Fall River, Massachusetts, to release a collection of leather and fabric products.
Once you browse the website, you’ll want to order one, or two, or… If you can’t help yourself, you can save some money. At checkout, you have the option to share the word on this great company via Twitter and Facebook, and save up to 20%!
I love mine, and you’ll see me wearing it in the courtroom if you look closely. I’ve got my eye on a one of the bracelets in the new Triton Collection. Enough said. Time to shop!