The Working Cuff – Bespoke Suits
The working cuff for the working man.
So where do ‘working cuffs’ come from?
Originally they were called ‘surgeon’s cuffs’ and some people now call them ‘doctors cuffs’ as they enabled profession doctors to roll-up their suit sleeves prior to working on their patients.
Today, they are more used as a tell tale sign of a bespoke suit or made to measure suit as many RTW (ready-to-wear) or OTP (Off-The-Peg) suits won’t have these function sleeves as it prevents the sleeve from being altered. It’s also a traditional feature of good quality bespoke suit which has remained for generations.
Bespoke Suit Cuff options
In respect of customising your cuffs further, many customers will opt for a coloured cuff button hole at the lower end of the cuff or choose a Lord James ‘flash gauntlet cuff’ to really stand out. We also recommend opting for 5 buttons rather than the standard RTW/OTP 4 on the cuff.
More and more customers are also leaving the bottom button of their cuff undone to show that it’s a working cuff. It’s a distinguishing feature that shows colleagues which are not wearing a bespoke suit that you are different and know about what you are wearing. It’s like a secret code telling the observer that you understand and have some working knowledge about suits. Again, it’s another factor to make you stand out from the crowd. It also gives you something to play with during ‘completion meetings’ when you’re closing that deal whilst burning the midnight oil. It also demonstrates that you view yourself as a worthwhile investment as you’ve invested in a good expensive suit and take pride in the work you do as opposed to wearing one of the cheap alternative suits that have flooded the marketplace recently.
All of our bespoke suits at Lord James come with a working cuff.