Well, I designed these glass cufflinks and worked with my glass worker over some time to perfect the size, shape and coloring of the cufflinks. It made the most sense to put up an online store where people could see and purchase my cufflinks since the internet is an amazing channel to gain exposure and sales from people around the country and world, much faster than you ever could by placing your items in stores.
Q2. Is glass cufflinks the same as enamel cufflinks?
No, enamel is made by melting and fusing glass powder and then joining the melted substance onto other glass, metal or ceramic. PM Cufflinks are made by starting with a single borosilicate (known often as Pyrex) rod and working by hand to the proper shape, dimensions and colors. As far as I know, you will never see cufflinks made entirely of enamel as it needs to be fused to another substance. That is what makes PM Cufflinks unique; being made entirely of glass.
Q3. When did you start your cufflinks business?
I started working on these designs and the method in 2006. We put together the site and started selling in 2007.
Q4. Which is your favorite pair of cufflinks? Why?
I have two favorite pairs of cufflinks. I love the simple, elegant light blue set. Blue is my favorite accessory color (ties, etc) and I get countless compliments on these cufflinks when I wear them out. I also really like the Eye of the Storm set.
Q5. Do you give advice in forum or give any public talk?
I haven’t spoken in public or on any forums. I would love to talk more on the web about dressing and accessorizing, and the resurgence of the cufflink in men’s fashion. Any ideas?
Q6. Is collecting cufflink one of your hobby? What prompted you to start?
I wouldn’t say I collect cufflinks. I probably own about 20 sets other than my own, varying from the classic Tiffany line of cufflinks all the way to pewter Kenneth Cole links. There are simply so many thousands of designs and novelty cufflinks out there no one person could have them all. I believe in having a nice group that work for all occasions, and a few “fun” pairs. And everyone should have several pairs of PM Cufflinks! I also think everyone should invest in a nice cufflink box, such as one from Smythson of Bond Street.
Q7. If there are people who are interested to get to know more on cufflinks, where should they pick up more information from?
Learning about cufflinks is best done online. There are lots of websites that sell cufflinks, a few that discuss Antique cufflinks, and of course you can check Wikipedia. Some gentlemen’s dressing guides are helpful. I learned about cufflinks from my father, and later from books like Dress for Success and The Gentlemen’s Guide. I think About.com has some info as well.
Q8. How can people contact you and seek your advice on cufflinks?
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, which is my personal e-mail address, by anyone wishing to learn more about PM Cufflinks. We are also happy to make totally bespoke sets with differing colors and design combinations that they may not see on the site, PMcufflinks.com. I particularly like the option we set up to “design your own” where you get two full sets of cufflinks, whereby we make you one set, and then you give us feedback on what you’d like to change from your original request. We then make those tweaks and send you a second set for only nominally more than a stock set. I should note that every set is made to order and we keep no stock.
By the way, paul’s website is at http://www.pmcufflinks.com
Thank you paul for your time and valuable advice.