Braces

While there were several precursors, braces (or suspenders) were a ubiquitous men’s accessory during the 19th and 20th centuries. They were made popular by their function but were made available by Albert Thurston. In 1820, Albert set up shop in Londons’s Haymarket neighborhood selling fine accessories to men about town. He had a small shop for decades but became increasingly popular after the Great Exhibition of 1851. His braces have been worn by presidents, kings, princes and prime ministers and the company still operates today.

Notably, Albert Thurston made the moiré braces Daniel Craig wore as James Bond in Casino Royale. Additionally, they also make a wide variety of styles with an innumerable amount of fabrics and customizations. We contacted Albert Thurston last year to make us a comfortable and adjustable elasticated option in three core colors. For $65, we offer navy, white and our best selling classic black braces. All are made in England with goatskin leather accents and braided attachers. All of our trousers can be finished with braces buttons by request.

We think they make a rakish addition to any closet, with the black and white options being most appropriate when wearing formalwear.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Albert Thurston braces.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Albert Thurston braces.

An 1870s catalog page from Albert Thurston

An 1870s catalog page from Albert Thurston