Key Exchange: 12 sturdy and stylish leather key chains

leather key chains

You may not drive a Maserati or dwell in digs that are worthy of an article in Architectural Digest but that doesn’t excuse you from carrying the keys to your car and castle on a chain with an unnaturally Technicolored rabbit’s foot or a cheap Made-in-China plastic charm that was acquired in the souvenir section of a far-off truck stop during an infamous Spring Break road trip all those years ago.

An inexpensive and easy way to add just a tiny touch of class to your overall style game – and show some well earned respect to your beloved wheels and home – is to upgrade the fob that holds the keys to them. Sure, doing so may be paying attention to minutiae but as the old saying goes, God is in the details.

Here are a dozen manly, sturdy leather key chain options that are available for sale now. Several of them are handcrafted and each of them is bound to impress the next time you start the ignition or open your door on your next overnight date…

The Perfect Keychain in Signature Leather with Solid Brass D-Ring by Ball and Buck, $38


The Perfect Keychain in Signature Leather with Solid Brass Lobster Hook by Ball and Buck, $42


BB#1 Repp Key Fob by Brooks Brothers, $48


French Calfskin Key Fob by Brooks Brothers, $98


Harris Tweed Key Fob by Brooks Brothers, $19


Oliver Fob by Frye, $38


Battle Cry Key Fob (with “Bravery, Loyalty, and Cheerful Indifference to All Difficulty” inscription) No. 216 by Ghurka, $75


Tab Key Fob in Tumbled Chestnut Leather by Ghurka, $125


Leather and Brass Key Chain (available in seven different colors) by Maximum Henry, $42


Antique Douglas Key Hook by Moore & Giles, $30


Key Fob (available in five different colors and monogramming available) by Moore & Giles, $25 


Leather Valet Key Chain (monogramming available) by Things Remembered, $32