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Cuff Love

blog_cuff_love_01.jpgWith his latest Giles & Brother collection, Philip Crangi is putting his own spin on fashion’s minimalist trend. The designs, he insists, aren’t “minimal, but rather super-maximal with as few parts as possible.” The tightly edited offerings represent a step away from the more-is-more aesthetic that has dominated costume jewelry for the past several seasons, focusing instead on highly polished metals and leathers with a handcrafted touch. Crangi, who began his career as a goldsmith, turned for inspiration to familiar objects like horse bits, and then set out to reduce each design to its essence. The results include gold-finished cuffs, leather wrap bracelets, and a Seventies-style necklace made from three linked pieces of brass. “Jewelry doesn’t need to be precious or fine in substance to be great,” the designer says. “It just needs to be highly artistic” (gilesandbrother.com; from $60 to $285).