Wear This Right Now: Nautical Nonsense

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Instagram. The final frontier. A vast universe of users and unlimited hashtags — #fashion #syle #blogger #hashtagNoOneWantsToSee500HashtagsAllOverYourPost. However, amongst the rabble and endless string of selfies, eventually you come across an account that makes you rethink what you’re doing with your life — cue @kjp — aka Kiel James Patrick.

When the guys at WTJ saw the accessory brand’s Instagram account, we seriously considered subletting our apartments, quitting our jobs and moving up the coast to Rhode Island where we would have clambakes on the beach every summer and warm ourselves in front of roaring fires in log cabin-looking mansions in the winter. But since we can’t do that, we decided the next best thing to do was to invest in some of their eye-catching armwear.

 

Instagram @kjp

Instagram @kjp

 

Designer Kiel James Patrick started his line of nautical-inspired bracelets with his fiancé, Sarah Vickers, in 2008. Though the brand gives the feel of high-society dandies and preppy days out on the yacht, neither Patrick nor Vickers went to an Ivy League university — in fact, Patrick didn’t even attend college. Though neither one graduated with a business degree from Harvard or Yale, it hasn’t stopped the pair from gaining a country-wide fan base through smart and downright envious social media snaps.

When the brand first launched, it was limited to a single line of dyed rope bracelets, but today, the lineup has branched out into multiple collections including wristwear, button-downs, neckwear and other accessories. Recently, KJP has collaborated with Brooks Brothers to promote their american-made brand in stores and online.

Courtesy of Kiel James Patrick

Courtesy of Kiel James Patrick

The bracelets come in rope, leather, metal and silk mediums and can be worn on their own as a statement piece or join the crowd in your ever-growing arm party. Go for the Cape Horn gold cuff to add a bit of bling or get wrapped up in the Black Pearl from the Lanyard Hitch Collection. And don’t think that KJP only has its eyes set on the guys — the brand also carries accessories catering to women. (We suggest the Audrey Hepburn pearl bracelet if you want to score some major points with your gal.)

Whether you’re a novice sailor or die-hard navy aficionado, Kiel James Patrick has a piece for all hands on deck. (See what we did there?) Check out some of our favorite picks below and then head over to kieljamespatrick.com to hook, line and sink one of your own.

Courtesy of Kiel James Patrick

Courtesy of Kiel James Patrick

Instagram @kjp

Instagram @kjp

Courtesy of Kiel James Patrick

Courtesy of Kiel James Patrick

Instagram @kjp

Instagram @kjp

Courtesy of Kiel James Patrick

Courtesy of Kiel James Patrick

— John Soper

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