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  • OFF THE CUFF’s List of the Top 10 Cufflinks of 2014

    Accessories are the ultimate way to add color and personality to any outfit. From bold socks to the emergence of the lapel pin, 2014 was the “Year of the Accessory.”, the leader in men’s accessories, understands that the finishing piece to a man’s outfit is the perfect pair of cufflinks. As 2015 approaches, the company has compiled a list of the “Top 10 Cufflinks of 2014,” featuring the hottest styles that were flying off the web and onto men’s cuffs across the country.

    #10:     Cool Cut Moustache Cufflinks


    With the increase in popularity in mustaches and the Movember men’s health movement, the Cool Cut Moustache Cufflinks were one of the bestselling cufflinks of 2014. Stylish and purposeful, the Moustache Cufflinks give that hipster look while also giving back to a great cause. Each pair sold triggers a company donation to prostate cancer research.

    #9:       Pewter New York Cufflinks


    Shoppers in a “New York state of mind” were able to show their support of the Big Apple with these sophisticated cufflinks. After all, if home is where the heart is, then what better way to show that love and wear your heart on your sleeve? Hand cast in pewter and made in Texas, any home state can be represented.

    #8:       Stainless Bottle Opener Cufflinks


    Apropos for the tailgate or a celebratory beer in the boardroom, these truly functional cufflinks are the most stylish way to pop open your favorite stout, porter or IPA brew.

    #7:       Game Used San Francisco Giants Baseball Cufflinks


    Everyone loves a champion, and no one embodied winning better this year than the San Francisco Giants. Each pair is constructed of baseball stitches that were once used in an actual game. All cufflinks are authenticated by Major League Baseball and come with a hologram serial number, which can be looked up to discover more details of the game. Every MLB team is available as well.  Play ball!

    #6:       4GB USB Flash Drive Cufflinks


    Not only James Bond-like, but actually used for a Bond film, the USB Flash Drive Cufflinks are the ultimate representation of function meeting fashion. Sleek and powerful, shoppers can store up to 1,000 mps3, photos and files at the convenience of your cuff.

    #5:       American Flag Cufflinks


    From politicians to professional athletes, the American Flag Cufflinks have been a favorite of the year. While political party lines continue to polarize nearly every subject matter, the one thing that binds us together is our love of country. The stars and stripes are the ultimate symbol of freedom and democracy – a truly exceptional design.

    #4:       Silver Knot Cufflinks


    Classic, timeless and can be worn with anything, the Silver Knot Cufflinks are one of the top cufflinks for 2014, and possibly every year moving forward. Polished silver executed into the strength of a knot, these are truly one of the quintessential cufflinks.

    #3:       Infinity Edge Engravable Cufflinks


    Every man should own a pair of cufflinks with their monogram. They are the perfect personalized gift and stand the test of time. 2014 featured a monogram explosion from hats to backpacks. We agree with the movement, but with sweet subtlety. Please don’t pair these with your monogrammed sleeves.

    #2:       Silver Watch Movement Cufflinks


    2014 marked the release of details on the iWatch, Fit Bit and other devices that will tell you everything from the time to your vital signs. The Watch Movement is a throwback to a more elegant time. The cufflinks feature movements taken from old watches and evoke a style from a different era.

    #1:       Superman Cufflinks


    Every boy grows up dreaming of being the Man of Steel. "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!” These daring, resourceful cufflinks will make you feel one part Clark Kent, one part superhero.

    BONUS SELECTION FOR 2015 - I Love You, I Know Cufflinks


    2014 was a year of great anticipation for the upcoming Episode VII of the iconic futuristic series. From cast announcements to the recent trailer, Star Wars buzz is all around us. There’s no better way to celebrate Han, Leia and the rest of the crew than with one of the most iconic phrases in cinematic history. 2015 will be the year of Star Wars, and the brand’s bonus style selection bridges the future and the past.


  • How to Shine Your Shoes

    Life with a pregnant wife is a lot like being 21 again. Endless cocktails, late/wild nights and the hangovers don't even get me started on the hangovers. Well....not really, it's a lot of sitting on the couch watching old seasons of television shows on Netflix. Which finally brings me to my point on shining your shoes, which you should do. In season 6 of the (amazing) West Wing, Alan Alda, aka Senator Vinick proclaims, "My father used to say, you can't trust a man who doesn't shine his own shoes." I immediately thought about my shoes sitting in my dark closet, unshined and a feeling of guilt set in. As a youth, I recall purposefully trying to scuff up new shoes in an attempt to make them look worn in. But alas, we all grow up at some point and looking your best becomes the preferred state of being. So here is what you will need to become trustworthy in the eyes of a fictional Senator from California.





    Tools: Tine of wax-based polish, welt brush, polishing cloth (or, in a pinch, an old sock), horsehair buffering brush, old toothbrush.

    Begin by wiping down your shoe with a damp cloth and scrub with a damp welt brush. Not sure if you have a welt brush you say? You can purchase one here.

    Next, apply polish sparingly with your polishing cloth (an old sock wrapped around a couple of fingers works too) using a circular motion. For the “spit-shined” looked, you can dip the cloth in water, which helps the polish stuff the leather. The more you rub, the better; your shoe will develop a waxy, great looking finish. Let the polish dry for five to ten minutes.

    The next step is to buff your entire shoe with a cloth or brush for some time. A good rule of thumb is five minutes longer than you think is necessary. Remember, the more you polish, the better. For a little something extra, situate your shoe between your knees and buff the toe with a clean cloth.

    Lastly, use shoe edge dressing to finish out the edge of the sole and the heel. You can find some from Allen Edmonds here.

    Now that you can walk the streets in respectable shoes, you can rest easy knowing you are a trustworthy gent.

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