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GREY & SILVER: Man of Steel Accessories

With blue appearing to dominate the fast approaching Spring skies, grey clouds seem to have influenced men’s accessories in a major way.

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What is it about grey shoes? Make that, a grey French wool shoe with contrasting laces. With great texture and matching soles, the ‘Brasser’ is made for misadventure.  Dressed-up or dressed down, it’s a perfect choice.

TIFFANY & CO.

The Metropolis Ring from Tiffany & Co. definitely strikes a modern chord in sterling silver.  Inspired by the deco architecture of buildings around New York City, this takes the silver and grey, and gives it an edge.

BAUME & MERCIER

With its refined design and timeless appeal, The Hampton Collection was inspired by a piece from the 1940’s.  It blends a distinctive rectangular vintage case shape with architectural lines, and is made of stainless steel.

COACH

The New Crosby Business Tote with it’s Italian pebbled grey leather exterior is trimmed with premium bridle leather. The interior is lined with ticking stripe fabric. Heritage details like riveted strap anchors and custom silver hardware, add refinement and durability, with a cross body strap.

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