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2019 Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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Guys can be tricky to buy gifts for, especially on important occasions like Valentine’s Day. If you want to out do your last present and get him something other than chocolate and stuffed animals, here are our best picks for every personality!

1. THE PERFECTIONIST

Shopping for the man who is punctual, precise and perpetually planning ahead? You've got a perfectionist on your hands, and we've got the perfect perfectionist gift ideas just for you.

Shop: 1. perfect collar travel iron, 2. 20 Pair Cufflinks Leather Display Case, 3. blue textured silk tie tanner, 4. emporio armani mens watch, 5. magnetic insulated flask tumblers

2. THE ODDBALL

For the lovable weirdo of yours, we've gathered a few unconventional gifts that range from quirky to wacky.  Here are our favorite offbeat gift picks.

Shop: 1. Poodle Collar Pin, 2. Frankenstein Switch Plate, 3. spring carnation lapel flower boutonniere, 4. Zest Bow Tie, 5. watch movement Leo

3. THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Finding gifts for the photographer in your life can be tough especially since you're not into the hobby yourself. While new cameras always make good gifts, picking up the latest model can be quite costly. Don't panic! Here are some snap happy ideas that will put a smile on every photography enthusiast's face.

 

Shop: 1. custom photo cufflinks, 2. Koolertron Vintage Camera Bag, 3. Mobile phone lens, 4. Retro Shot Camera Cufflinks, 5. Men's camera print T-shirt

4. THE GEEK

Make your geeky man's heart flutter with these great gift picks! Indulge his obsession with some of our movie favorites.

Shop: 1. moleskine notebook, 2. black and silver geek cufflinks qr code, 3. Thor of Asguard Hammer Cufflinks, 4. Lapel Pin Thrones Silver, 5. Star Wars Ear Phones, 6. silver geek cufflinks chess

5. SPORTY

For the sporty and adventurous man. Here is something useful, something fun or something luxurious.  

Shop: 1. camelbak hydration back pack, 2. silver sports cufflinks biker boy, 3. wireless sport headphones, 4. soccer cufflinks, 5. mens skin care products

6. THE GLOBETROTTER

Capture memories, inspire new adventures and make life on the road (or in the air) easier and more enjoyable. So skip the money belt and buy something your globetrotter will actually love.

Shop: 1. nautical sailboat cufflinks, 2. world map cufflinks, 3. Day to Night Cufflinks and Tie Clip Gift Set, 4. e reader, 5. Leather document organizer

7. THE MUSIC LOVER

The perfect gift for your music lover is one that helps them enjoy music even more, or show off their love for music. Here are those designed just to do that, and are definitely some of the best ones to give. 

Valentine's day gifts for him - The music lover

Shop: 1. Marquee Portable Record Player, 2. Guitar Hero Cufflinks, 3. Pianist Cufflinks, 4. Mojave Picker's Wallet, 5. Silver Custom Guitar Pick 

There's no better day to showcase your romantic and sentimental side than Valentine's Day, so why not spoil your man with these amazing gifts!

Whether you've been dating for a few months, or married for many years, make him feel extra special this February 14th.

Shop here for more great gift ideas! 

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Your Spring Summer 2018 Guide

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Spring is finally upon us and everyone's instagram feeds are starting to pop with colours.  This signals that it's probably time to dig in our closets and bring the colour wheel back into our lives.  In the past years, seasons were not as important for men as it has been for women.  Times have changed, and we're happy to say that men are keeping up with the trends.  Thanks to fashionable men on instagram, we don't need to scratch our heads on what looks great.  We know you want in on what's new but you don't necessarily desire to break the bank just to get yourself Spring ready. Here's some tips on what you should focus on for that much needed update.  

First things first, you need a good base.  Everything starts with your shirt. Invest in basic colours- whites are the bestseller with blue a close second.  There are different options out there, but do remember- solids and pinstripes are the easiest to match.  Be boardroom ready- there are different types of shirts and cuffs in the market and the most misunderstood are the French Cuffs.  They have long been associated with formal occasions but that too has changed throughout the years and they're now making an appearance in the workplace. They look great and can be used with or without a suit. We have a solid selection of these classic must-haves here at The Little Link and we know that these are some you should get your hands on.

Now your accessories play a very important part in the changing of seasons.  Your choice of necktie will make a huge impact on your outfit. Here are some tips you should be taking note of to give off those spring vibes.

1. CURATE

There's nothing like doing a clean sweep of your wardrobe and letting go of items you no longer wear.  Decide on what looks good on you and stick to those pieces.  You'll want to make sure you invest on key colours- for shirts and ties.  Stay with the basic palette and keep the rest of your Winter-y colours for now- not to worry, you can wear them again when Autumn/Winter resurfaces.  By then, people will think they're brand new! 

 Keep to classics like Kosta Williams.

 

1.French Cuff Dress Shirt in Ash Blue, 2.Classic Knot Cufflinks, 3.Javon Tie, 4.Bellroy Micro Sleeve - Charcoal

2. CONTRAST 

There is no need to bore your blue shirts with the monotony of your accessories.  Citrus coloured ties look great on a contrasting blue shirt. Check out your clothes, the colour wheel, and see what colours you're drawn to.  Don't be afraid of the varying hues, we guarantee you will see and feel the difference. 

Menswear Influencer Shaun Birley keeping his style fresh with contrasting colors.

 

Contrast Tie and French Cuff Shirt

1.Escape Control Cufflinks, 2.Holden Tie, 3.Bellroy Note Sleeve Wallet, 4.Cotton French Cuff Shirt in Navy Stripe

3. TONAL

Who said you needed to keep your black shirts for Winter?  We know you have your moods too and if want strut in them, why not try some of that tonal layering. Wear them with your silvers and greys and channel the sexy mysterious vibes.  Top it off with sunglasses of course, because your future's just looking so bright. 

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 Matthew Zorpas looking dashing with tonal layering.

1.French Cuff Dress Shirt in Jet Black, 2.Carbon Fibreglass Money Clip, 3.Watch Movement Dominic, 4.Shinto Gothic Steampunk Sunglasses, 5.Ivan Tie

 4. SEASONAL UPDATES

We know you'd prefer more conservative shades, but we dare you to add this season's colour to your accessories.  You'll be happy to know that bold and bright colours are here to stay until Autumn/Winter 2018 so these are actually investments you'll want to make now.

 Alex Smiles showing us awesome Spring/Summer vibes.

1.French Cuff Dress Shirt in White , 2.Bennett Tie, 3.Ringlord Cufflinks, 4.Tie clip William 60MM, 5.Moleskine Lineage Leather Horizontal Wallet

You'll find so many style tips just by just following these fashion forward men on instragram but always remember the most important thing is that you choose the style you're comfortable with. 

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The Tie Edition : All you Need to Know and More

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According to Wikipedia, a necktie, or simply a tie, is a long piece of cloth, worn usually by men, for decorative purposes around the neck, resting under the shirt collar and knotted at the throat.

We know that not all men are alike and your choice of colours and styles differ. It may seem like a small thing, but a tie does wonders to a man's wardrobe - be it for the office or an evening affair. This small piece of fabric adds texture and character to one's outfit and completes your whole look.

Since we're such big fans of the hit US television show Suits and we're really looking forward to Season 7 Part B starting on the 28th of March, we thought it would be a great idea to show you the different characters and (what we think would be) their tie preferences. Read on, you'll be surprised to find out you're probably one or the other.

1. The Prince Charming - Mike Ross

He is the youngest male member of the team.  Coming from a tainted past doesn't deter him from getting what he wants.  Armed with intelligence and a quick wit, he charms his way through any case and the woman of his dreams (in this case it's Rachel Zane, played by actress and soon-to-be royalty, Meghan Markle).  Mike Ross is your average young male with an edgier look. He opts for skinny and standard ties in rich patterns and colours such as blood red and navy stripes.

Mike Ross

Shop (clockwise from top) : Axis Silk TieJavon Skinny TieChristopher Striped Tie

2. The Big Shot - Harvey Specter

He's extremely confident and as well as extremely successful. Harvey Specter has won almost all his cases- he knows he's one of the best lawyers around.  A go-getter and knows what he wants.  He dresses impeccably and his taste veers towards the classics- which is evident in his love for vinyls and vintage cars. He's a black-tie kind of guy but he looks equally dashing in a classic striped piece.

Harvey Specter

 

Shop (clockwise from top) : Caleb Double Bow Tie,  Felix Tie,  Eliott Tie

3. The Urban Male - Louis Litt

He defies the typical male stereotype simply because he's in touch with his emotional side.  He's equally passionate about law as he is about a Shakespeare play or perhaps beautiful architecture.  He’s not the norm which is a refreshing reminder to the younger generation not to conform and work hard at being good at whatever you want to be.  Louis is more of a standard tie user, but he looks great wearing purple or pastels as well as bold prints and patternsLouis Litt

Shop (clockwise from top) : Silas Pink TieAustin Silk TieRadley Purple Silk Tie

So do tell, which Suits character are you?  You'll be glad to know we've got you covered now matter what.

Tie Tips

If you ask around for tie tips and you'll get a ton of information on it.  We’re giving you only the most important pointers to get you on your way to "tie perfection".

  • Four-in-hand Knot - If there is a knot that you must remember, it should be this. Oh and you must embrace the tie-dimple.  Don't know what that is? Well, the good folks at GQ show us how it's done.

  • Length Matters - stylists say that the tip of your tie must hit below the belt line to give you that classic, polished look.
  • Black Tie - Always have a black tie handy. No matter what the occasion, it's always a YES in our books. Shop black ties here.
  • Tie Clips - Remember one rule of thumb : it goes between the third and fourth buttons of your dress shirt. And it must be fastened to the placket of your shirt. We offer a wide range of tie clips for you to choose from here

Now that you know all these, take a look at your wardrobe and determine what colours complement it and your personality.  Now's the best time to build up your tie collection because we're giving you 15% OFF every purchase of 2 neckties or bow ties this month of March just use code TIE15 upon checkout.  Click here to shop TIES.

 

* Image and Video Credits : Suits cast images taken from USA Network;  Video via GQ.

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5 Romantic Destinations For A Valentine's Vacation

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Running out of ideas on how to spend Valentine's day this year? Here are the 5 most romantic destinations we've picked that are perfect for that special getaway.

Now that we've settled on the venue, here comes the important part - the dress code.

Stumped over what to wear? Here's a simple style guide to help you pack (you’re welcome). 

1. VENICE, ITALY

A palazzi of infinite pastel shades reflected in quiet canals, and the soft splash of a gondola plying a watery backstreet: there's really no competition. For romance, Venice is the perfect backdrop.

Valentine's Day in Venice

STYLE TIPS

In these less formal moments, aim for a perfect balanced silhouette with a crisp white shirt and cropped black pants. Add a hint of flamboyance with standout accessories, this look takes you seamlessly from exploration during the day time to a night at the bar.

Valentine's Day Men's Style Guide - Venice

Shop (clockwise): Fa La La Music Notes CufflinksMechanical Watch Gear Necklace, Silver Top Hat Collar Bar, Silver Humming Bird Lapel Pin, Rose Gold Cufflinks

2. MALDIVES

Stunning white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, unparalleled snorkeling, gorgeous rustic-chic villas over the water or on the sand, and fine dining. What's not to like? 

Valentine's Day in Maldives

STYLE TIPS

Who says you can't dress up for a beach vacation? Opt for a smart casual outfit during a romantic candlelight dinner at that famous restaurant under the sea. Tempting as it is because of the warm weather, flip flops are an absolute no go for your special dinner.

Valentine's Day Men's Style Guide - Maldives

Shop (clockwise): Fremont Stripe Pocket Square, Engraved Classic Silver Money Clip, Bagsmart Everyday Rucksack Blue, Shinto Gothic Steampunk Gray Sunglasses

3. NEW YORK

New York certainly doesn't lack gorgeous places to wine and dine. But what's really romantic is NYC's really beautiful, simple treasures. From the classic attractions, like the view from the Empire State Building, to lesser-known delights such as the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History, we're sure it'll set your heart aflutter.

Valentine's Day in New York City

STYLE TIPS

Dress like a New Yorker with clean lines and a slim cut silhouette. Layering is essential, especially during the winter or early spring where temperatures can be sub-zero. Add final touches of sharp and sleek accessories to complete the look.

Valentine's Day Men's Style Guide - NYC

Shop (clockwise): Bagsmart 2-in-1 Convertible Briefcase Backpack Black, Glynn Black on Black Stripe Tie, Gold Feather Collar Pin, Watch Movement Kenny Cufflinks in Gunmetal

4. SANTORINI, GREECE

Greece and romance may as well be synonymous. Whether you are looking for an ideal honeymoon destination or just a romantic escape, the beauty and diversity of the Greek landscape forms the most romantic backdrop to celebrate your love.

Valentine's Day in Santorini, Greece

STYLE TIPS

Santorini is extremely stylish, but don’t go bling, think elegant and sophisticated. Bold bright colours look stunning against the white-washed surfaces.  Crisp white shirts, and tailored pants are de rigueur. The people here have an eye for fashion, the key is to look like you’ve just stepped off your million pound yacht.

Valentine's Day Men's Style Guide - Greece

Shop (clockwise): Brown and Green Lapel Rose Boutonniere, White Howlite Bead Bracelet, Devil's Fruit Cufflinks Silver, Omi Wine Red Pocket Square, Wood Four Leaf Clover Cufflinks

5. ICELAND

Iceland easily conjures up romantic notions of remote landscapes covered in snow in winter or steaming underground pools surrounded by cave formations. Whatever your romantic fantasy, Iceland has many great options for the perfect getaway.

Valentine's Day in Iceland

STYLE TIPS

Iceland is the new place to be, with its thriving city of Reykjavik, it’s fast becoming a bustling city where culture and style come together to the sound of Björk. Make sure you have all the essentials to make this holiday the best ever.

Valentine's Day Men's Style Guide - Iceland

Shop (clockwise): Lewis Colorful Striped Cotton Socks, Okra Bamboo Sunglasses Fire, Bagsmart Toiletry Bag Grey, Bellroy Notesleeve Wallet RFID Blocking Caramel

 

So go out and experience something different this Valentine's Day! If you're planning getting something for the man in your life during the trip, browse our full collection of cufflinks and man's accessories here.

 

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Travel Images - telegraph.co.uk, travel.usnews.com

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5 New Year Resolution Ideas And How To Achieve Them

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The New Year is nearing, and with the holiday season already upon us, here's your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make for 2018.

We’ve decided to give you a bit of help to kick start your New Year resolutions – because since the majority of people fail to stick to them, you’ll need all the help you can get.

1. GET ORGANIZED

A cluttered desk or a chaotic home will negatively affect your productivity and even your mood. Time to clear your clutter, organize your knick knacks and make it a habit.

Here are the best tools to whip things into place:

Get Organized with cufflink storage boxes and moleskine notebooks

Shop: 1. Leather Cufflinks Display Case (20 Pair), 2. Classic Black Moleskine Notebook, 3. Day to Night Cufflink and Tie Clip Combo  

2. START BEING MORE CREATIVE

There are times when we get mentally fatigued and our creativity goes out the window. This is particularly bad if your job or hobby depends on you coming up with fresh ideas and thinking outside the box. As with everything else, there are many different ways to re-ignite your creativity.

One way is to experiment with your style of dressing and creative accessorising:

Be More Creative with Your Dressing

Shop: 1. Jonah Bow Tie, 2. Pianist Cufflinks, 3. White Crayon Cufflinks, Shinto Gothic Steampunk Sunglasses Silver 

3. MEET NEW PEOPLE

When we get stuck in a rut, we usually end up staying at home most of the time, missing out on a lot of interesting opportunities for networking and having fun. Meeting new people can be beneficial to your mental well-being and help your career, so don’t be afraid to get out there and make some friends. Overcome your shyness, embrace new perspectives and get to know new and interesting people.

Nail those first impressions and get those contacts with these essentials:

Socialise and network with the right cufflinks and accessories

Shop: 1. Echo Pocket Square, 2. Bellroy Card Sleeve Blue Steel 3. Mechanical Gear Cufflinks Olga, 4. Gold Feather Collar Pin

4. TRAVEL MORE

You’ll need to have your finances in order before you consider traveling across the globe, but there are ways of experiencing different cultures and visiting faraway places even on a tight budget. For instance seeking out short trips to uncommon destinations nearby may just do the trick.

Here's how to travel in style no matter which part of the world you are in.

travel in style with fashionable cufflinks and men's accesories

Shop: 1. Stift Custom Engraveable Pen Sapphire Blue, 2. Wachterlein Custom Engraveable RFID Blocking Leather Wallet, 3. Tropics Cufflinks, 4. Fighter Jet Cufflinks

5. BE MORE ROMANTIC

Romance is often the first casualty in longer, more serious relationships, but it doesn’t have to wither away. A few romantic gestures here and there can keep the passion going for decades. It will be fun, even if you’re not the romantic type.

Start by impressing her with your new found dress sense and a dozen roses:

Impress your date with the right cufflinks and accessories

Shop: 1. Beige Lapel Rose, 2. Sodalite Beaded Bracelet by Blue Pendulum, 3. Peter Custom Engraved Cufflinks, Custom Engraved Silver Collar Stays

 

A New Year is like a blank notebook. You get to write anything you want in it. Fill the first page of your notebook with your New Year’s resolutions and make 2018 the best year ever.

Take the first step to feel better by dressing better. Shop now for a new look!

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