Typically, one thinks of an heirloom only after it’s weathered a few generations, gathering its own uniquely handsome patina and lived-in warmth along the way. But before it got handed down to your father and his father and his father’s father, it started out shiny and new on some store shelf. And since there are still a few companies out there making stuff that looks timeless and will last longer than you, we’ve set out to find the new breed of future heirlooms in this weeklong series. Today we’re focusing on the little things, like cufflinks, a fountain pen, a signet ring and so on...
The final episode of 30 Rock airs tonight. Forever optimists, we’ve decided to focus not on our sadness, but on opportunities for growth. So we mined the past seven seasons for the most important sartorial lessons the show has offered.
While Jack Donaghy undoubtedly stands head and shoulders above the rest of the show’s unkempt misfits and trucker hats, there are still plenty of examples of what to do and what not to do. And here they are:
No doubt your inbox and just about every menswear site you frequent has made you aware: ’tis the season to be gifting. And, therefore, receiving. (This is geared toward the latter.)
In our ongoing campaign to help you win the holidays, we had our team of menswear research fellows cull every single gift guide on the Internet, pull out all of the best menswear and lay it all out in one handy be-all, end-all guide.
Put all of this on your holiday wish list, if it isn’t already. Or just conspicuously leave this guide open on as many browsers as possible.
In general, we favor wearing things that have withstood the test of time. And when it comes to our cufflinks, we’d rather not feel like we’re slipping a dainty trinket onto our shirtsleeve...
That being said, allow us to introduce you to HollenWolff Heritage, a Milwaukee-based upstart that’s unearthed a century-old patent for ball-bearing-lock cufflinks and will soon be fulfilling all of your French-cuffed needs. (Rest assured, they’re much heftier than the baubles you’re clasping to your shirts right now.)
Our golden rule for gift-buying is to seek out items your friends want but will never buy for themselves—either out of guilt or uncertainty or plain old retail anxiety. Find the right item (possibly over here) and you’ll be solving a problem they never could have tackled on their own.
These fishing lure cufflinks (via SwipeLife) from Coto should be suitably eye-catching. There aren’t many conventions for what you need on your cuffs, and it’s far enough out of the way that it won’t intrude on your otherwise impeccable outfit. Those hooks are blunted, so they won’t chew up the inside of your suit jacket, and otherwise they’ll offer a woodsy alternative to the usual polished silver.
The economy isn’t all bad news; it looks like the craft sector is taking off in spite of everything.
Online craft shop Etsy cleared $12 million in sales last month (up 18% from February), and they’re poised to become the go-to source for trinkets of all kinds. We wouldn’t want to build a wardrobe from it, but it definitely has its charms.
Our old friends at Norsea Industries have come out with a new Autumn/Winter line, and while most of it is the same North England nautical duds we gushed about before, there’s something new this time around. And it looks an awful lot like jewelry.
Well, maybe jewelry is a bit too strong—let’s stick with “accessories.” The latest goods include scarves, loose bracelets, tie and lapel pins, cufflinks, and even a watch fob or two. It’s a little different from the stripped-down denim they were moving a season ago, but it’s not so far off the mark.