You all know I love any and all things wedding — that first walk down the aisle, that first kiss between newlyweds, that first romantic dance between the happy couple. Maybe that’s why I was so excited when I discovered The Cuft Lynx, the Florida-based Etsy shop of custom wedding and designer cuff links and tie clips. It’s a cuff link lovers paradise — everything from classic cuff links to monograms (like these) to novelty to nautical (like these) styles. Read on for a behind-the-scenes peek, owner Doug’s favorite winter fashion trends and a special discount code for readers! xoxo
Tell me about your shop. What’s the inspiration behind its launch?
In 2008, I sold my storefront jewelry business to my partner, left South Carolina and came back to St Petersburg, Florida. The economy was still bad, and I did not want to take the chance of opening a storefront. So I decided I would focus my energies on creating an online business. Something fashionable and unique for men. The Cuft Lynx was born. I started with just cuff links, then added money clips and tie clips. Today I mostly offer cuff links and tie clips, but have plans to add more unique items in 2015.
Your shop features so many inspiring finds. What inspires you the most?
Custom, personalized and wedding items. I love creating meaningful pieces that often become heirlooms. People bring me custom artwork, monograms from their wedding invitations, Family Crests, business logos, symbols and more. My challenge is to make them work on a small canvas and be noticed. I love the creative process that ends with a unique wearable product that is cherished by the recipient.
What are your top 3 tips for shopping online and finding great deals?
1. Always inquire if there are any special offers regardless of the time of year.
2. Wait until the end of a season to get maximum discounts.
3. Use online apps to compare deals to save you time and money.
What are some of your favorite fashion trends for the winter?
I like corduroy suits, parkas, pinstripe gangster-style suits and the monochromatic look.
What is your favorite piece in your shop and why?
Irish Claddagh cuff links for what they symbolize — “with my two hands I give you my heart and I crown it with my love.”
**Special Discount: The Cuft Lynx is offering 10% off until the end of the year. Just enter TENOFFIN2014 at checkout.