A few months back I was searching around my local stores for Trollbeads, and I came across a shop advertising that they had the brand, but when I got to the store, they told me they had switched out their Trollbeads collection for Story. I had heard about Story, but this was my first encounter with their bracelets in person. I was quite intrigued and looked over the available pieces; the sales lady informed me that they were putting in a large order and they’ll let me know when it arrived. Well, a couple months later and I was tired of waiting (patience is not my virtue!), so I found a different jeweler who had just begun carrying Story.
Story by Kranz & Ziegler is an up and coming brand in Denmark known for their leather bracelets and rocker style, and was only introduced last fall 2011 in the U.S. The bracelets are made from regular leather, lambskin, snakeskin, and semi-precious gemstones. There is a surprisingly amount of variety given that they specialize in leather bracelets: braided leather, suede braided leather, double-strand leather, multi-strand leather; and single, double, and the more common triple wrap bracelets. I’ve compiled a few of the different styles here, of course the bracelets also come in a multitude of colors, but for an easier comparison, I picked all black versions.
I was dead set on getting the black snakeskin leather, but after handling the bracelets for a while I decided to go for the simpler black lambskin as my introduction into this brand. The lambskin is incredibly soft and what I am told about these bracelets is that they have a nylon core, which prevents them from stretching. These also have an easy to release magnetic clasp, but closing this bracelet with one hand takes some practice. With the thick triple wrap of this style and durability, this is hitting just the right spot for when I want a rocker, edgy, sexy look.
And what fun would this bracelet be without some charms? Story also has a variety of charms and beads, but of course, they’re named a little differently. What I would normally think of as a charm is called a “button” in Storyland, dangles are “charms,” and rounding out the collection are “spacers” which are narrower buttons or what are very similar to Pandora spacers. Almost all buttons, charms, and spacers come in 3 metal types: rhodium plated, 18K yellow gold plated, and silver. Since the charms are only plated, it makes the price of all 3 types to virtually the same. The best thing about these charms and what sets this brand apart from Pandora’s leather bracelets, is that the buttons and charms sit tight on the strands and don’t move! Which means that they are sometimes difficult to get onto the bracelet, but with careful rotation, I was able to get even the stubbornest button onto the bracelet. I picked the rhodium plated and silver charms – Pandora lovers will recognize the rhodium plating as the oxidized finish. Each charm is more expensive than Pandora or Trollbeads, but with this style of bracelet, you also don’t need to add as many. I love how I can actually type with this bracelet on, I’m always afraid to chip or ding my other bracelets so the leather really lets me type as if I didn’t have anything on at all.
I’m quite pleased with my new discovery, and this brand is definitely one to watch! While they’re not in wide distribution, you can probably find it at a store near you. Here are some great examples of what this brand offers: