8 of the Best: EDC Brands

Men invariably need a lot of accessories on a day to day basis – be it wallets, keychains, phone cases, watches and much more besides – but finding a purveyors of awesomeness in this arena isn’t always straightforward. But let us take the legwork out of it for you by compiling our list of 8 of the Best EDC Brands out there right now.

Check out our picks below:

Machine Era Co

Virginia based Machine Era Co are one of our favourite brands here at Coolector HQ – not just EDC brands but all type of brands. This is testament to the quality of the wares that they produced (which are all crafted in their own workshop) and for any man after a robust, versatile wallet or the sort of pen that boasts unparalleled quality, Machine Era Co will always be our first port of call.


Australian brand Bellroy and awesome EDC go hand in hand with one another and their predominately leather based goods really strike a chord with our style sensibilities here at Coolector HQ. Particularly adept at crafted the sort of sleek, minimalist and well made goods that today’s contemporary man will demand, Bellroy have a mighty impressive line up of wallets, phone cases, bags and key-holders to choose from and you’re sure to find something that effortlessly fits into your own EDC line up.

Field Notes Brand

Chicago based stationery pedlars, Field Notes Brand, are definitely where you should be heading when you’ve got a spot for a notebook in your EDC line up. They’ve regularly got limited edition offerings to be snapped up, such as the campfire notebooks for outdoor adventures above, and for those of you who take your note taking and journaling seriously, Field Notes Brand might just be your new best friends.


If wooden wares are more your cup of tea, Portland based EDC brand Grovemade will be right up your street with their impeccable selection of wooden goods which includes watches, penknives, key chains, wallets and much more beside. We’re big fans of the aesthetics and minimalist vibe exuded by these cracking products from Grovemade and for those looking for an understated EDC, this is a good place to start.

Loyal Stricklin

Leather is a cornerstone material for most EDC brands but few can hold a candle to the guys at Loyal Stricklin from a quality point of view and there really is a tangible excellence to their wallets, notepad covers, leather bags and other assorted EDC accessories that sets them apart from the competition in what is a highly competitive market. Loyal Striklin operate out of  Opelika, AL, and donate 20% of their profits to worthy causes around the world so if you grab an awesome piece of EDC from this brand, you’re also helping your fellow man so its a real win, win.

Hard Graft

Originating in the UK, Hard Graft are one of the first accessories brands that we wrote about on The Coolector years ago and they have definitely gone from strength to strength in that time and have gone on to dominate international markets based upon the quality of the EDC pieces that they produce. Wallets, keychains, bags, phone cases, dopp bags – you name it, you’ll find it with Hard Graft and the minute you lay eyes on the attention to detail and quality materials that have gone into the crafting of their various products, you’ll see why they are one of our favourite EDC brands at Coolector HQ.


Though autumn and winter might not be the best time for sunglasses, they are still an integral part of most men’s EDC line up and for those who want to really stand out from the crowd, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so if you opt for a pair of sunglasses from American brand, Shwood. This first class eyewear brand regularly release limited edition sunglasses in conjunction with other brands or using unusual, striking materials so it’s definitely one to keep an eye on if you’re ever in the market for a new pair of sunglasses.

James Brand Knives

If adventure is in your blood and you spend a good proportion of your time in the great outdoors then chances are you’ll be wanting a trusty pocket knife as a mainstay of your EDC line up and they just don’t come any trustier than those from James Brand. Making knives for people who live adventurously, James Brand use premium materials, a minimalist design aesthetic, and clear attention to the details to deliver some of the coolest looking and top performing pocket knives on the market. Essential adventure EDC.

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