A compelling history gives ordinary objects great power -- the Blarney Stone can bestow the gift of gab, while a simple watch can lead a man to risk mob assassination, provided it spent two years up Christopher Walken's ass. For men's accessories with an impressively gritty past, check out cuffs from Mauricio Forero
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Forero hits the salvage yards for all manner of mid-century metal, then cuts, pounds and rivets the stuff into no-nonsense wrapping for your wrists -- an exercise Forero thought was plenty masculine, 'til he learned a fellow salvager was creating The Ultimate Grizzly Suit. Each piece is custom stamped and enameled, and contain bits of stuff like industrial machinery, appliances, metal cables, or leather from baseball gloves discarded during eras when balls traveled up to 55mph. The "Bogart", "Fois" and "Manija" combine metal and cowhide via rivets and stitching, while the "Relica" goes all-aluminum, with rivets around a thin base; covering its frame entirely, the hyper-simple "Anguila" uses layers of distressed leather, like wearing George Hamilton, but without those beautiful, gleaming chompers
Next for Forero, a line of super-thick, Mad Max-ish black leather cuffs made from pigskin and a recycled aluminum buckle -- assuming you're the ordinary object, actually having the balls to wear these things is all the compelling history you need.