• Turk’s Head Sailor Bracelets


    by Moses Y. Bension

    Kiel James Patrick was born and raised in Rhode Island and so are his bracelets. When Unabashedly Prep last ran into him back in January, he was in Palm Beach hung over and trying not to show it in a photo for Town & Country. Before that, he and F.E. Castleberry and friends took J. McLaughlin’s new sailboat out for a spin in Newport. So Kiel’s been busy.

    He’s also been redesigning his Turk’s head knot bracelets, and the new spring line is available in an all-new array of preppy colors. The colors, like the “Narragansett Lifeguard Chairs” shade of red and “Collin Banister Wharf” in nautical white and navy with a touch of fiery sunset orange, are named after Kiel’s memories of, as he put it, “life experiences, people I’ve met, books I’ve read, adventures I’ve ventured.”

    Kiel James Patrick Turk's Head Sailor Bracelets, $40

    The hand-braided twisted cotton bracelets are still crafted from the same locally sourced custom-made nautical cord as they have been since their inception in 2009. A new detail this time around is the solid brass anchor enclosure instead of the usual button fastener of seasons past. The anchors on the Ocean State’s flag and license plates were his inspiration: “Newport’s nautical Old New England charm offered me an array of décor and style I simply admired.”

    He’s also stuck to a marketing strategy of word-of-mouth and social networking power, and it’s worked. Kiel James Patrick is expanding; they just moved their studio into a new factory in Pawtucket. He’ll pop in every so often to pull a needle and thread through a bracelet in progress, and it’s entirely possible the bracelet you order is one he sewed himself. It’s all part of his dedication to the local community. He’s even been known after a few drinks at the watering hole to take the bracelet off his wrist and bequeath it to a lucky patron.

    Check out kieljamespatrick.com for the complete collection of bracelets, belts, and ties.

    Mar 13, 2012 | Permalink (17) Total Comments

    Carlos left a comment on 3/30/2012 at 1:11 PM:

    I purchased a couple of them two weeks ago and e-mailed a suggestion and a complaint. A message form his customer service was sent to me, and two days later at 1am Mr.Patrick himself e-mailed me expressing his thanks for supporting his company.
    E-mailing your customers and tackling their concerns at 1am is a going above and beyond.
    Many thanks Mr. Patrick.

    Sophie left a comment on 3/20/2012 at 12:45 PM:

    Not a huge fan, but my son wanted one. They are well made. What I was most impressed by though was the packaging which was thoughtfully designed and attractive - helps make the item a super gift.

    Alfred left a comment on 3/16/2012 at 6:41 PM:

    Rugby also sold very similar ones last year, made by Scosha:

    WMM left a comment on 3/16/2012 at 1:20 PM:

    @G and MC —Miansai anchor closings.

    Barbara left a comment on 3/15/2012 at 7:24 PM:

    They are perfect.

    G. McCarthy left a comment on 3/14/2012 at 2:45 PM:

    I haven’t seen a Miansai bracelet with an anchor fastener… That’s news to me.

    MC left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 7:35 PM:

    Good to see this business doing so well and keeping it American. Keep up the good work KJP.

    cam left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 7:16 PM:

    @wj - you may want to check who authored the article ;)

    Kiel James Patrick left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 5:00 PM:

    I appreciate the appreciation.  Fred, thanks for the fantastic photography, this picture is excellent. 

    @WWM—Does Miansai use an Anchor?  I have only seen hooks.  I’ve only discovered Miansai recently this year.  Regardless we’ve been making our Anchor bracelets since Summer ‘10. Here’s Hannah and Vickers sporting the original 8 knot Triton bracelets fastened with Marine novelty Anchors back in Summer ‘10.

    Patsy, you are correct these are not the turks head knot. While I love the simplicity and novelty of the original Turks Head I looked to offer a solution to taking it on and off.

    In any case…back to work for me.  We’re looking to expand beyond bracelets this next year and have a ton of machinery to move into our new factory.  If any craftsmen, tailors, or seamstresses read this and need work please get in touch!


    wj left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 2:07 PM:

    Why the third person? Are you a professional athlete now?

    Patsy left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 1:40 PM:

    These are lovely! But they are not turk’s heads - turk’s heads are closed loop braids.

    WMM left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 1:12 PM:

    You positive that his anchor inspiration isn’t from a terribly-coincedental fastener from the Miansai bracelet lines?

    khordkutta left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 12:47 PM:

    Gentleman, purchase one for your lady friend/wife, if its not your style,believe me she will appreciate it, mine did.

    Amanda C. Bee left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 9:57 AM:

    His bracelets and Vicker’s headbands are so well made, excellent gift giving options.



    Rake left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 9:31 AM:

    While the bracelets are not for me, you have to admire KJP’s entrepreneurship. Well done!

    NJGlenn left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 9:24 AM:

    Thanks FEC-I’ve been considereing one of the new Turk’s Head Bracelets but was wondering if the anchor is uncomfortable or obtrusive.  Now I know you guys are BFF’s but what do you think?

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 9:09 AM:

    I probably wouldn’t wear such a bracelet (mine are more surfing oriented), but I do admire his dedication to local commerce. Are you local? KJP certainly is!