The Lapel Chain has a very interesting history as an accessory.
Lapel Chains were worn by Gentleman to hold their pocket watches. Men originally carried their pocket watches in their waistcoat pockets with a chain attached to the button hole. In the mid-19th Century as the trend for men wearing waistcoats came to an end they simply carried their pocket watches in the breast pocket of their blazer or jacket with a chain attached to the lapel button hole – this is how Lapel Chain was born. The Lapel Chain was a common accessory of British Military Officers in the Great War.
In today’s world pocket watches are rarity so where the watch would have been attached on the Lapel Chain now sits a charm, which simply weighs the chain down in the wearer’s breast pocket. The charm at the other end of the chain sits in the lapel button hole.
We launched the TYLER & TYLER Lapel Chain Collection to a great reception in beautiful Florence at Pitti Uomo in June 2019 – the biggest International Menswear Show.
The charms on each TYLER & TYLER Lapel Chain are die-struck, hand-enamelled and hand-finished.
To view our Lapel Chain collection click on the link below