The Italian cuff has many names; Cocktail cuff, Portofino cuff, Casino cuff, Turnback or Flowback cuff, or what many might know it as, the James Bond cuff. It can be recognized as a two-button barrel with a turnback such as a French cuff. While Esquire was one of the first publications to predict its revival, let’s first talk about how this dandy cuff trend came about.
Indeed worn by Sir Sean Connery as James Bond, the stylish yet functional cuff became an quintessential detail of men’s fashion in the 1960’s. It was also seen on Roger Moore in three of his movies. Famous names the mid-20th century, such as David Niven, Peter Sellers and even Pablo Picazzo adapted to the sporty summer trend, before it disappeared in the mid-seventies. By then it had become iconic for it’s era.
With custom clothing growing rapidly in popularity, along with a a greater appreciation for anything retro, the cocktail cuff is back in the wind, and we dare say more popular than ever. Arguably because they are not overdone – On the contrary Italian cuff is more convenient and less flashy then the classic French Cuff – therefore it is easy to include in your wardrobe.
Italian Cuff, Formal or Casual?
The cuff was originally known for its functional and semi-casual look, and it can easily be styled for both casual and formal occasions. Design your Italian cuff shirt with a solid fabric to fit your favorite summer suit. Choose a pale blue or crisp white color to replicate the classic James Bond style.
Many of our fashion oriented customers are choosing several colors – For instance a pink or blue fabric with a white contrast collar and cuff, paired not only with the cuff, but the full Cutaway collar, or another iconic gem – the Club collar.
As the Italian Cuff was originally meant to be worn during summer, it can just as well be used for a more casual look – design it with fresh colored gingham fabric, and wear it with shorts or khakis during long weekends and summer getaways!