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FrontRunners: On the Cuff

William Kissel

Cuff links are one of the few accessories that allow you to express some individual style and provide a glimpse of your taste, passions, and hobbies. “They often function as a gentleman’s calling card, like the cut of a man’s suit or the color of his necktie,” says Clifford Grodd, chief executive at Paul Stuart, one of New York’s top men’s haberdasheries.

Realizing its ultraluxe collection of seven-fold silk neckties and handmade cashmere dress shirts was missing a knockout finishing touch, Carmel, Calif., menswear maker Robert Talbott (800.747.8778, www.roberttalbott.com) has unveiled a new collection of cuff links. The sterling silver, 22-karat gold vermeil, and solid 22-karat yellow and white gold sets, which range in price from $225 to $3,500, are distinguished by their bold use of color. Hand-finished cloisonné and champlevé enamel bring depth and vividness to the sophisticated contrasting palette, while precious and semiprecious gems add extra panache to the most valuable pairs. The cuff links are the foundation of Talbott’s new personal jewelry collection, which includes studs, collar and tie bars, and even a 1920s-style boutonniere minivase.

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