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It seems nobody likes cufflinks

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dug, Apr 8, 2004.

  1. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I have a lot of cufflinks as they have been on my regular thrift store circuit for a long time and I have gotten a few as gifts. Some favorites are my Pound/Dollar sign sterling ones from Links of London, and some antique/vintage enameled small octagonal ones that cost $3 at a thrift store but are probably worth quite a bit. I wear them whenever I can but I don't wear suits or even jackets around so my better shirts don't get used that much. I really don't see wearing contrast collar/cuff shirts without a suit, either.

    I don't really know the brands and I don't worry about it. All new stuff like that is IMO too expensive, at least for my budget. I found a bunch at Thomas Pink, Ben Silver and Charles Tyrwhitt (all online) that I like though.
     


  2. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I would guess that 20% of the shirts I make have french cuffs.

    I have a fun collection of cufflinks. I still use the ones that my parents bought me when I was a kid. turtles, silver bulls from Mexico, and a pair of dice
    I usually wear a silver pair of Gorge Jensens or MOP set on a gold solid base.

    I never wear silk knots.
    I have a couple pair of enamel links that i find a bother to put in.
     


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    stuarts8 Senior member

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    100% of the dress shirts i own have French Cuffs. I will not wear barrel cuffs.
    My favourite pair of Thunderbird 2 cufflinks.purchased o n Ebay.I also have some Aircraft cufflinks which are also Great.
    I really like wearing them. you do not have to wear them with a Tie . It is quite the fashion to wear them casually these
    days.
    Stuart
     


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    I think i have about 30% or so French Cuff shirts. I like them a lot, but I do agree with some of you that its tough when in a casual environment. I have started (recently) wearing cuffs when I go out, with no tie or jacket. Just with nice jeans. Its a pretty good look, and I have gotten nothing but compliments.

    As for buying links, I have bought a number of pairs on ebay. People sell the wildest stuff, so you can always get something different than the same old "silver knot" pair that everyone seems to wear.
     


  5. General Koskov

    General Koskov Well-Known Member

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    I think that a fancy barrel cuff is just as appropriate as a double-cuff. Except with black-tie, of course.

    If one has two or three double-stacked MOP buttons, and a nice design to the cuff itself, surely this is as nice as some cufflinks.

    But I must say that, aside from the people on style boards like this, no one cares about cufflinks.

    And what about single-linked cuffs? I believe they were in style in the nineteenth century and maybe the 20th also? Personally I don't see a point in a double-layer anyway....
     


  6. xlhell

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    I love cuff-links so much I make my own. Mainly I use glass beads (from Murano, Venice) with either a head pin or I wrap sterling silver wire back around the bead where I do a wire wrap. My favorite pair are emerald green (with white gold foil) heart-shaped beads. I think they are 12mm. Anything bigger and you have trouble with the cuff link holes on the cuff.
     


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    Brian SD:

    Can you comment on the size and quality of Jantzen silk knots? Their description leads me to believe that they are smaller than those you normally see from other sellers. Am I off base?
     


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    That's really cool. If you learn some basic metalsmithing and soldering you'd be able to expand that even more.
     


  9. NavyStyles

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    Do you live close to there? If so, I'm jealous. Also, it's quite impressive that you make your own cufflinks. Good work, there.
     


  10. clarinetplayer

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    Cufflinks are fun to wear. There are many Robert Talbott designs that I would love to own. (I have two pair of Talbott links--one is a slender rectangle with three color panes, two shades of blue plus one of white.) Talbott links are a bit pricey--$200+ I have a pair of Thomas Pink links which are less expensive but very elegant. I enjoy wearing silk knots--some of which are multi colored: maize & blue, shades of gray, red & white. Brooks Brothers usually has several available. While I do not own any, there are many interesting cufflink styles available from J. Press (www.jpressonline.com). Double cuff shirts (and links) need not be restricted to be worn only with a suit.
     


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    Dug,

    How do you get Dunhill cufflinks at a discount? Do they really go on sale with the regular merchandise?
     


  12. dug

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    I guess they are very nice, classic with originality but too expensive. So I buy them only with a solid discount (at least 40%)
    Dug, How do you get Dunhill cufflinks at a discount? Do they really go on sale with the regular merchandise?
    Yes they do in big stores (sales + special offers), official shops (sales) and outlet shops (all year long between 33% and 50%) Last october I managed to find 2 pairs with 50% off on the last collection in the Paris' biggest store. I took also 2 pairs of gloves with cashmere with 50% off. On january I bought on pair in outlet shop with 40% off 2 weeks ago I found one nice old collection pair in an outlet shop with 40% off. I bought severals pairs 3 years ago during sales but before the great increasing of their prices. I paid 70 euros. Now I would have to pay 173 for the same style. So I made good bargain. Naturaly I would not buy 8 pairs now at the strong price.... It is an hold up.
     


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    I wouldn't know how to compare mainly because they are the only silk knots I own (Jantzen). They do seem rather small, which I actually like quite a bit.

    I would say that they are of nice quality, but a bit generic feeling. This really comes to no surprise given how inexpensive they are. I would recommend getting a pair yourself, personally it seems like a great deal.
     


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    kabert Senior member

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    I love cuff-links, but I rarely wear them anymore -- perhaps 2-3 times per month. First, my office is mostly business casual unless clients are in the office, etc. Second, they take longer to deal with in the morning (lame, I know, but w/kids, dog, wife, etc....). Third, I like having the ability to ROLL UP MY SLEEVES sometimes, especially during the warmer months or when I'm particularly busy at work. Yes, I suppose one can roll up FC shirts, but it's much more of a production.
     


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    Kabert, can you tell me why its more of a production to roll up French cuff shirts?
    I roll up mine and its not a production.
    Cheers
    Stuart
     


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