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Cuff Culture

With a plethora of accessories available for men today, we encourage you to look for something that is more unusual and authentic to your own individual style. This will allow you to stand out, be complimented and give the nod of approval without you feeling uncomfortable, or feel like you’re trying too hard to be in with the current fashion trends. Remember, traditional attire is timeless, and if you buy smartly, it will last you years.

Stig & Stylemeister have just done a massive shop, and noted a couple of cookie cutting trends that we’d like to bring to your attention? Why do this at Christmas? Because we don’t like seeing people being ripped off.

A gentleman’s semi-formal and formal attire incorporates some very necessary accessories. Crisp white shirts, shiny original cuff links, belts, impeccable Italian or Spanish shoes and a smart timeless suit.

The devil is in the details, so let’s focus on the elegant cuff links and where they came from? The popularity of the tiny cuff link originated during the reign of Louis XIV where shirt sleeves started to be fastened with boutons de manchette, or “sleeve buttons,”. These were typically identical pairs of coloured glass buttons joined together by a short, linked chain. Again, the French are the leaders of innovative and elegant fashion, as they were in creating the global trend of the humble handkerchief.

Most cuffs that are affordable to the masses are all made in China and re-branded by businesses as their own. The cuff link can hold a recommended retail price of $49.99 to $99.00 varying from store to store, but when you start researching you will find they are the same product. The only difference is the choice of packaging. The more elaborate packaging has the right to attract a higher price point. And do you wear the packaging? Nope. But some men do enjoy the whole retail process of buying an item, seeing it wrapped and delicately handled by the sales staff and then enjoying the ceremony of unwrapping.

While in the US in September, I attempted to find myself a sophisticated pair of cuff links and failed. I looked in every department store, in independent retailers and Fifth Ave. I asked customer service people, retail assistants, merchandisers and the like. The available choice was somewhat small, and the quality less than to be desired.

Your luxury brands – such as Gucci, YSL, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Salvatore Ferragamo will have divine and elegant cuff links. Note though, that these artisans once known exclusively to the super wealthy have become just another item in a shopping mall. In saying that, they are more affordable and accessible to the masses i.e. vous & moi!

For Christmas – check out a few ideas below and a couple of absolute favs of Stigs, skull and cross bones. Uh-hum…it sort of goes with my Ducati, and Alexander McQueen (R.I.P) for his gold skulls.



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