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By William Henry July 15, 2019
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By Ed Roberts

Boots and Denim. Seeing that William Henry design for the first time changed my entire outlook on men wearing bracelets. More specifically, me wearing a bracelet. I’m not afraid of style that breaks tradition, but traditions run deep here in my neck of the woods.

For years the standard uniform was a polo, khakis, sunglasses, croakie, and a dive watch. Fellas break that tradition during the Brewgaloo Beer Festival where it’s acceptable to wear the plastic wristband provided at the ID checking station. This wristband gives you access to the best craft beers brewed here in the Old North State.

Times are changing. Or maybe I’m just getting older and a bit more daring after losing 75 pounds. Either way, there was something about 10,000-year-old fossilized woolly mammoth tooth, blue sodalite, and carved silver that just looked damn cool to me. It was me, so I bought it.

My William Henry collection now includes numerous bracelets, necklaces, money clips and a stunning pen called the Chablis 1210. This gorgeous pen features a beautifully rendered barrel of real acorn caps set in black resin, accented with stainless steel Mokume Gane, and a golden-colored citrine. This pen reminds me of my hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, known as the city of oaks. The pieces I own look great at the office, at home, and especially on vacation.

I never grow tired of visiting Jim and Matt at Ealdwine in downtown Raleigh or James at Fink’s Jewelers in Midtown to peruse their newest William Henry designs on display. Each new piece I add to my collection, like my Ember bracelet, tells the story of the man I have become and epitomizes how I feel in my 50s: bold, well-built, and sexy. My wife, Vernessa Jewel, agrees.

Ed Roberts
Global Brand and Creative Strategist
Raleigh, North Carolina

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