It seems nobody likes cufflinks

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

  1. 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.
     


  2. 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
     


  3. 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?
     


  4. stuarts8

    stuarts8 Senior member

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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
     


  5. 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.
     


  6. j

    j (stands for Jerk) 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.
     


  7. 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.
     


  8. 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).
     


  9. 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
     


  10. 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+).
     


  11. dug

    dug Well-Known Member

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    42 pairs of cufflinks?

    Congratulation.

    I have 15 pairs...but I was only in a derivatives back-office when I worked and not on a desk....

    What do you thing about Dunhill?
     


  12. dug

    dug Well-Known Member

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    What about braces? How many people wear them in your staff?

    I have 15 pairs of braces...do not tell me you have 50 pairs as you would give me licence to buy more (ans I do not need).
     


  13. Classic

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    Sorry for the late jumping in on this, but was away for a few days.
    The majority of my shirts have french cuffs. And I wear them (with cuff links) with jeans with no problem, which as I have stated in the past, is a look that generates many compliments from women.
    Although I only have 10 pairs of links, they are quite different from each other. One pair was purchased to go with a specific shirt and tie, but I have worn them with other shirts with or without a tie.
    While I agree that french cuffs add a certain touch of elegance and flair, I do not share the view that cuff links should only be worn at specific times and with specific clothing.
    It is personal thing.
    As for braces, I have 3 pairs, but do not wear them that often, except when I am in a tux. Again it is a personal thing.

    Classic
     


  14. Zubberah

    Zubberah Senior member

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    Dug - I haven't seen enough of Dunhill cufflinks to make a judgement (I'll do a search on eBay and Dunhill's website). I'm generally not a fan of Dunhill in general (hate their ties for example).

    I don't own any braces (yep, not one) and not even the older staff in our company wear them. Methinks they are seen as too Gordon Gekko-ish. I simply am not used to them and find them uncomforable. In Australia, they seem to be favoured by barristers.

    What I do find interesting is the surge in in the number of women who now wear cufflinks in the corporate arena. When i said it appears 90% of staff in the broking industry wear french cuff shirts and cufflinks, I also meant the women. Does anyboidy else find this amazing and do they like women wearing this ensemble?? I do and one can see the growth via catalogues from the likes of Charles Tyrrwhitt, lewin et al.
     


  15. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    i'm late to this one and i haven't read through the whole thread but i'll toss in that i don't like cufflinks. i don't care for jewelry. i have one solid white shirt with french cuffs and i wear it only for black tie affairs with a pair of black silk knots.
     


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