Whether you call it 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 ancient relic that remains very much needed is the humble key. You need keys for everything from your home or office to your car, and maybe even a beach house. They open your letterbox and you’ve likely got a spare one to your parents’ house.
The multitude of keys most men carry every day need to be secured in place 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. We dread to think.
Clearly, a keyring is an extremely important accessory and hence, worthwhile investing in. As with any other men’s 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 piece of equipment, but fear not, we have found the best keyring brands for you to protect your life’s greatest possessions.
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.
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.
Since 1994, Master-Piece have been producing travel pieces and everyday accessories with a timeless appeal. The Japanese designed goods are stylish yet functional and are expertly made in Japan to the highest standards.
Alexander McQueen and his iconic skull design make for a great key ring, with an edge. Made from brass and available in various colours, the 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 this Lighter key ring most definitely fits the bill. Not only will you be able to keep all your keys in one place, but you'll be able to be the guy who lights the cigarette of a smoking damsel in distress. Or, you know, a couple of candles when you get back to your place.
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.
A name that needs no introduction, the Parisian design house offers up some seriously good looking key rings. Combining silver hardwares and supple leathers, any of the Saint Laurent keychains will offer a timeless and clean cut look.
The luxury brand founded by Virgil Abloh, Off-White is one of the hottest labels around, known especially for its collaborations with all manner of big-name brands. The brand's keyring range comprises its four arrows logo alongside more lanyard-style options.
If you have ever used the word 'Rugged' or 'Outdoors enthusiast' to describe yourself, then HAY's selection of keyrings are the ones for you. With models that include simple yet secure snap hook designs, your keys will be held in place in style.
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.
Since 1966, Bottega Venetta has been producing artisanal leather goods in Vicenza, Italy. Their keychains feature their signature intrecciato weave which is a classic and timeless design that is known for its durability and elegance.
You can always rely on British designer Vivienne Westwood to produce quirky products unlike any other on the market. That's true of the brand's keyring selection, which includes hearts, planets and even penises.
Smythson of Bond Street is a traditional British brand that produces leather the simply the highest standards. Their designs, whilst often minimalist mix high quality leathers and metals to ensure the products last and fantastic.
Originally an activewear manufacturer, Satisfy offers an athletic look and feel with all of their products. Their style draws on both French and Japanese styles which nicely pairs style and practicality.
If it's a high-quality full-grain leather keychain you're after then look no further than the example provided by leather goods expert Harber London. Combining a titanium keyring with a handcrafted loop of leather that can hook onto a belt, it's the little bit of luxury your keys deserve. Plus, it can be customised with your initials.
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.
Maison Margiela takes a unique and creative look at the world of fashion. Their designs are often a far cry from normal which gives them a distinct edgy look. Their key fobs are sleek and functional, enabling you to clip three keys to anything you please.
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.
Tod's are famous for their classic driving shoes. The shoes are available in a selection of opulent and understated colours and materials. Tod's key rings, much like the shoes, pair dark leathers with contrasting colours for some excitement.
Paul Smith is a man with an eclectic design taste that harks away from traditional British menswear. His keychains feature his signature coloured stripes and feature other designs including a zebra and a dinosaur.
The clinical German leather brand Mont Blanc has created a timeless keyring that combines their immaculate leather and metal working skills. The brand uses their abilities to create gorgeous pens and bags to create a minimalist keyring that features beautiful details.