Whether you call them a keyring, a keychain, a key cover or a key holder, they’re all a must for the modern day man. Technology has come so far in recent decades, yet one thing that remains the same is the humble key. For your home, your office, your car, the beach house, your letter box and your parents house, keys, and a lot of them are unavoidable, even in this day and age.
The plentitude of keys most men carry everyday, needs to be carried on something and that something is a keyring. Like most accessories, keyrings are the unsung heroes of your everyday life, imagine having to look after six different keys without one. My worst nightmare. Clearly, a keyring is an extremely important accessory and hence, worthwhile investing in. As with any other accessory, keyrings are a great opportunity to express yourself as they tell others about who you are, your lifestyle and quite possibly, your bank balance.
Sounds daunting doesn’t it? There is so much riding on this small device, but fear not, we have found the best keyring brands for you to protect your life’s greatest possessions in.
Bellroy describes their products as ‘Considered carry goods to enhance your everyday’. This perfectly describes their ‘key covers’ that neatly and elegantly allow you to carry anywhere from 1 – 8 keys. Their minimalistic design folds up your keys in a small leather pouch with a magnet to keep them tidy.
The famous, Tuscan leather tanners, Il Bisonte are famous for their ever cool and lasting duffel bags and their key rings are more than up to scratch for this reputation. Il Bisonte uses a process called ‘vegetable tanning’ to transform a cowhide into a beautiful, yet tough material that will stand the test of time and look good doing it.
Proudly made in Italy, from some of the finest materials, Serapian creates beautiful leather and woven goods that are built to last. Their sophisticated black and chrome key rings are timeless and are bound to look cool even in decades to come.
More famous for their chairs, Vitra employed Hella Jongerius to design a key ring. The final product depicts the windows of the Vitra House in Rhein, Germany. Created from premium leather and featuring the design elements of an architectural icon, this keychain is definitely one to consider.
Alexander McQueen and their iconic skull design make for a great key ring, with an edge. Made from brass and available in various colours, their skull key ring will help you stand out from the crowd in a not so subtle way. You could even attach it to your luggage to ward of anyone who may consider it theirs.
1017 ALYX 9SM
1017-ALYX-9SM is a forward thinking label that encompasses utilitarianism and rugged design cues. Their keychain is no different, featuring nylon webbing and the brands iconic ‘rollercoaster’ buckle which looks great. It should perform as good as it looks having been made in Italy to a clinically high standard.
Ambush hopes to create unique jewellery and their ‘Padlock’ key ring most defiantly fits the bill. Not only will you be able to keep all your keys in one place, but you’ll be able to sleep easy, know they can’t fall off or be stolen thanks to it being a padlock. If you like the look but aren’t willing to spend $345, head to your local hardware store and pick up a padlock from there.
Rick Owens offers a selection of keychains that are very luxurious, without making a song and dance about it. Made from a selection of high quality materials, their pieces are a good way to fly under the radar whilst still maintaining a luxurious aesthetic and feel.
To add a hefty touch of luxury to your key ring, look no further than Givenchy. Featuring their iconic ‘4G’ design as well as their name and made from a selection of nylon, leather and silver hardware this key ring will handle anything you can throw at it and will look great doing so.
In recent years, Maritime Ali has been making waves in the jewellery scene in their attempts to bring back the heavy chains of 2000’s hip-hop. The Brooklyn based firm is refreshing in the key ring game with a selection of pieces that please the eye.
Famous from the Kingsman film series, the brand is actually a collaboration between Mr Porter and the Film. They endeavour to make clothing and accessories for the modern man. The Kingsman key rings are yet another collaboration but with Deakin and Francis Leather, a traditional British brand that specialise in leather accessories.