In relation to daily accessories, men have a couple of possibilities — there is the tie, the watch, the briefcase. There is however a classic favorite in the dresser drawer worth reconsidering: the cufflink.
These style statements of the wrist are making a comeback. They’re being put on day and night and by anyone from students to older men to whom dressing up never went out of style. Ladies are wearing them as well.
Gov. Rick Perry was wearing a striking set of cufflinks with a crisp and clean white shirt while he finalized a bill for incentives for Texas video and film game projects. However cuff links aren’t just for the regular suspects (read: lawyers, other and politicians white-collar professionals).
“Cufflinks are always in,” says Bozhena Orekhova, GQ’s accessories author. “They are among the many accessories that men can wear, such as watches. It exhibits a lot regarding your etiquette and how intensely you consider your style.”
Cufflinks came into play in the 1600s when the flamboyant King Charles II of England popularized a shirt with a lacy front and related cuffs. Charles had grown sick and tired with making use of laces to tie his cuffs. They may have had their peak during the 1960s and ’70s, yet there’s been a current interest in them as a primary men’s accessories. Style influences from stars such as designer Tom Ford and pop star Justin Timberlake, who are promoting gentlemanly looks, tell us that cufflinks will be popular for a while.
Prices range between a few bucks for a thrift-store find to lots of money.
Fall style forecasts at Neiman Marcus, which sells cufflinks from John Hardy, King Baby and others show French cuffs and cufflinks will be must-haves as more professional men — or guys merely wanting to shine in a sea of button-up shirts and jeans — return to dressing up.
“By taking a look at a person’s cuff links, you are able to tell a person’s resume,” Orekhova says. “It’s one of the crucial men’s fashion accessories. It’s something which will always be there and remain there. Because the English gentleman is back in style, people are trying to make the most of that and style and design stuff that capture it.”
Not too long ago, jewellery designers have considered non-traditional cuff link resources for instance bone, rubber, titanium, wood and different gemstones.
Designs range between the kitschy and comical (martini glasses and water faucet knobs) to the magnificent (David Yurman’s black diamond cuff links).
Lance Avery Morgan embraces this revival.
Morgan’s cufflink selection, including ones passed on from his dad and grandfather, numbers approximately 150 pairs – – and it gets larger each and every gift from a close friend.
“I’ll have on French cuffs on any day that ends in a Y,” states Morgan, publisher and editorial director of the Texas lifestyle mag Brilliant. A few months ago, he visited Tahiti, where he went diving for black pearls. The pearls are being set for cufflinks, needless to say.
“I have as many cuff links as I do feelings,” he says. “We live in this time when gents take care of themselves but do not look at the details.”
It means breaking out his more unique cuff links. They have the power to be conversation pieces, he claims.
“I love that I can take a regular pair of tattered jeans and a white shirt and a pair of loafers and do a day or night time look with the perfect cuff links,” says Morgan, who has dreams of 1 day producing his own line.
“It’s a present that offers a heritage. I do not know anyone who has ever disposed of a pair of cuff links.”
Mousumi Shaw, founding father of jewelry studio Sikara & Co. on Rio Grande Street, is looking to increase her cufflink choices. She already includes designs from European, Latin American and American jewelry makers.
The new tie
Cuff links are the completely new tie in terms of men’s accessories, she says.
This summer time , she wants to include a line of cufflinks from designers in India.
“India has not been renowned for cufflink design,” she suggests. “And today we have a new gem series, and we have more industrial designs that we’re bringing up. There is a renewed desire for males to accessorize.”
At jewellery shop Rewards at the Arboretum, owner Russell Stromberg says his cuff-link enterprise continuously has expanded year after year.
With the world wide economy, he says American guys are attempting to dress up like their European counterparts. He says simple days in Austin may be slowing as more men want to go back to French cuffs and cufflinks.
“It helps make them feel better about themselves,” he said.