Formal sartorial cufflink codes belong in the past – today, men’s designer cufflinks are most commonly used to add a fun, personable touch to men’s formalwear, and has grown to become one of the most popular pieces of jewellery amongst boys and men.
Vintage cufflinks were designed for use with shirts without buttons on the cuffs. These may be either single or double-length ("French") cuffs, and may be worn either "kissing", with the ends pinched together, or "barrel-style", with one end overlapping the other. Today, "kissing" cuffs are the most popular style.
The modern cufflink became popular by the middle of the 19th century, as shirt fronts, collars and cuffs were made sturdier, and buttons sometimes wouldn’t be strong enough to secure the cuffs. The industrial revolution meant that these could be mass-produced, making them available in every price category.
Vintage cufflink designs vary widely, with the most traditional one, the "double-panel", consisting of a short post or chain connecting two disc-shaped parts. Cufflinks can be worn with both casualwear and businesswear, all the way to very dressy styles such as semi-formal (black tie or Stroller), and formal wear (morning dress or white tie). Pear cufflinks are often preferred for white tie events, and traditionally it was considered important to match the metal of one’s cufflinks with other metals worn, such as rings and watches. In 1904, French shirtmaker Charvet introduced knot-shaped cufflinks made with silk, which are still popular alternatives to the metal ones to date.
OfV says: Accentuate your smart business attire or add a personal touch to your wedding suit with a pair of unique vintage cufflinks or men’s designer cufflinks. With a special flair for antique cufflinks, our delightful edit of pre-owned and vintage cufflinks spans an impressive array of pieces hailing from the 1800s to date. The Art Nouveau, Edwardian and Victorian cufflinks in gold with gemstone embellishments are standout. For men who are more dapper than dandy, try a pair of logo embossed designer cufflinks from iconic brands like Dior; or retro-nodding 1960s/1970s stone cufflinks in geometrical shapes.
At Open for Vintage, we consider everyone as a collector with a desire to possess beautiful things with a story worth living on. Our curated edit of unique and contemporary vintage and pre-owned fashion pieces are hand-picked for their individuality, relevance, and of course, style appeal.