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It seems nobody likes cufflinks

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

  1. xlhell

    xlhell Member

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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.
     
  2. BGW

    BGW Senior member

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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?
     
  3. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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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.
     
  4. NavyStyles

    NavyStyles Senior member

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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.
     
  5. clarinetplayer

    clarinetplayer Senior member

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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.
     
  6. friendlyone

    friendlyone Well-Known Member

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    Dug,

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

    dug Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  8. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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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.
     
  9. kabert

    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.
     
  10. stuarts8

    stuarts8 Senior member

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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
     
  11. arenn1

    arenn1 Well-Known Member

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    Cuff links are very nice. However, 99% of the cuff links sold today are single sided, which seems to me a bit cheap. However, there is a solution to this problem. Just go on ebay and search for vintage double sided cufflinks from the 20's or 30's and you'll find some fabulous values. I picked up a set of classic art deco double sided cufflinks for only $30 - they are very thin, but still look good.

    I've noticed french cuffs making a comeback. At work, at least three of us wear them, and that's three more than I saw a couple years ago.
     
  12. stuarts8

    stuarts8 Senior member

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    Yes, you are right, they are making a comeback. Very popular down here in New Zealand where I come from .Quite often worn without a tie too.
    Here`s hoping the trend is here to stay as they look distinctly more classy than barrel cuff shirts.
    Cheers
    Stuart
     
  13. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    Stuarts8: I guess it's more of a production to roll up one's sleeves with FC's because one has to (I assume) take out the links and pocket them. Then, an hour later when you want to roll the sleeves back down, the links have to be re-installed. I guess I could see not taking out the links -- perhaps there's not a risk of them falling out?
     
  14. stuarts8

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    Kabert, I leave my links in when I roll the FC Shirt sleeves back and they have never fallen out yet. I have been doing it this way for years. They sit safe and sound in the cuffs.
    Perhaps make sure , the toggle is secure though.
    Do give it a try.
    Then when you roll the sleeves down you just do the links up.
    Stuart
     
  15. dug

    dug Well-Known Member

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    Stuarts8: Â I guess it's more of a production to roll up one's sleeves with FC's because one has to (I assume) take out the links and pocket them. Â Then, an hour later when you want to roll the sleeves back down, the links have to be re-installed. Â I guess I could see not taking out the links -- perhaps there's not a risk of them falling out?
    Kabert, I leave my links in when I roll the FC Shirt sleeves back and they have never fallen out yet. I have been doing it this way for years. They sit safe and sound in the cuffs. Perhaps make sure , the toggle is secure though. Do give it a try. Then when you roll the sleeves down you just do the links up. Stuart
    Put them in your pocket as I have lost one cufflinks doing what you said. I managed to fing the same bu Dunhill. What is amazing is they had the link I lost, the only one being alone in their stock. They wanted to sell it to me (60 euros) but I refused (I paid the pair at the same price during sales) I propose them a deal = I buy one pair of another model and received this alone free.
     
  16. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I habitually roll up my cuffs if it is somewhat warm unless I am wearing a jacket. When I wear French cuffs I just leave the link in the one side (the outside) and either close the toggle thing and check it carefully or leave the other side hanging if it is that type. Then roll it up a few times and they are pretty much sealed in. There's no way they can get out if you roll it up enough. I've had one fall out one time out of dozens of times doing this and it was because I didn't flip the toggle all the way.

    And yes, I would avoid the toggle kind if I had the $ but I don't, so I will live with it for now.
     
  17. stuarts8

    stuarts8 Senior member

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    Glad to hear there is someone else that rolls up the French cuff shirt sleeves and leave the links in , I wonder if there are others on the board who do this?
    It is important to make sure the toggle is closed . Then the link will not fall out.
    The only time I have lost a link is when the sleeves have been down and the toggle not closed properly.
     
  18. Zubberah

    Zubberah Senior member

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    Cufflinks are all the rage in stockbroking/investment banks here in Australia. 90% of staff wear French cuff shirts with cufflinks. I wear cufflinks every day - mostly Gianni Versace (22 pairs), Tateossian and Duchamp (about 10 pairs each).
     
  19. stuarts8

    stuarts8 Senior member

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    Wow, Danny ,what a collection of Cufflinks.
    Tateossian Links are particularly nice. Would like to own a pair one day.
    2 questions:
    1. Do you ever where them casually with Jeans, slacks etc.
    2. Do you ever unfsten themand roll the sleeves up as we have just been mentioning in the thread ?

    Cheers
    Stuart
     
  20. Zubberah

    Zubberah Senior member

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    Stuart - I should have said every BUSINESS day (so that's 5 days a week).

    No, I never wear cufflinks with jeans. But if I am wearing a suit out to a restaurant/club/arts opening etc without a tie (suit is then usually black) I will still wear cufflinks without the tie.

    And I only ever wear suit pants (with a matching jacket) or jeans. Never non-suit pants, chinos, slacks or whatever.

    I never roll my sleeves up at work (unless it is casual Friday and I am not wearing a frencjh cuff shirt but rather a casuallong-sleeve shirt) - although all the boys on the dealing desk often roll theirs up. Us analysts are a little cooler than the trading cowboys. I hate that look anyway (rolled up business sleeves).

    The Tateossian cufflinks are great because they are so different - 5-stone revolving globe, thermometer, compass, various watches, etc.

    I love Duchamp for their brilliant colours and Versace for their silver and gold cufflinks.

    Hint - Tateossian cufflinks go rather cheaply on eBay although the sought after ones can go higher than retail. I bought a couple for US$25 each (compasss and watch) that were brand new (normal retail is US$175+).
     

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