are relatively recent in the fashion history. Until the beginning of
the XVII th century in Europe, cufflinks didn't exist. Elegant men retained
their handles by ribbons or lace.
some eccentrics started to use silver or gold buttons connected by a
small chain to retain their handles: cufflink had been born.
This eccentricity phenomenon allured but it been necessary to await
the end of the XIXth century so that cufflinks become an element running
of the wardrobe male. Several reasons with that: the industry development
which allowed manufacture lower cost but also the shirt evolution and
the men's wear in general. Male fashion was democratized and become
more sober under the influence of some men like George Brummel whose
elegance and refinement marked its century.
At the end of XIXth century, the middle-class and the businessmen showed
the elegance style. But these new kind of dandies remained very traditional,
sometimes austere. Dark costume during the day, dinner jacket during
the evening. Only their cufflinks showed their personality. Manufacturers
were very imaginative and multiplied forms, matters and fasteners mechanisms:
chain, lever with rocker, rigid connection... Principal modern mechanisms
were invented at that time.
the beginning of the XXth century, very imaginative English creators,
like large jewellers (Cartier, Tiffany...) adored "Art nouveau".
Strong artistic currents like "Art Déco", Cubism or Bauhaus
influenced cufflinks creators which used sophisticated matters: opaline,
enamels, crystal, pearl, precious stones...
1924, Mr Boyer, of the Boyer company, created fastener system made up
of a tilting stick over all his length between a double stem. Nowadays,
this system remains most still used.
Charles Lindbergh to Duke of Windsor, elegant men succeeded to mark
their time by their detail sence. They never separated from their cufflinks.
In the Seventies, shirts with built-in buttons replace cufflinks. Fortunately,
some irreducible elegant men fight to continue to carry cufflinks. The
haute couture famous names, faithful to traditions, perpetuate this
will be necessary to wait the Nineties to see new creators putting on
again to the day style, french cuffs shirts (mousquetaire cuffs shirts).
Cufflink becomes a fashion accessory then more than a jewel. Young people
rediscover this accessory. Paul Smith, Gucci brands create new cufflinks.
A new generation of cufflinks was born. The jewel became an essential
accessory of the male mode for the great satisfaction of the elegant