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I Can't Live Without My Bottega, II


OUT's Fashion Director, Grant Woolhead describes his perfect holiday gifting ideas from Bottega Veneta.

Grant on the practicality of the Bottega cuff link...

Most men only really wear cuff links to a black tie event, and the only thing that really separates one man from the next at these functions are the fit of his suit, his accessories and his charisma. Every man, should own a great pair of cuff links, they last forever and are perfect to give to someone special as a gift as they are not the sort of thing one thinks to buy for themselves until the day of the event in a mad panic. I opt for the classic bar shape links and the engraved Bottega intrecciato design flashes a little status the minute your sleeve rides up to raise a glass.

Grant on the essential Bottega tassled loafer...

A tassled loafer may not seem like a conservative choice, but they can actually be incredibly butch. Tassled loafers were first introduced in the 1950's by the Alden shoe company Mass. they were a design specifically created for Hollywood Actor Paul Lukas for a movie and quickly became popular in California and then nationwide and indeed worldwide. Every era seems to bring back a version of the tassled loafer popular in the 70's with the British skinhead movement in the 80's Michael Jackson was renowned for his tassled Penny Loafers, 90's to preset day. I love the chunky Bottega style, they would look fantastic with a pair of indigo blue jeans.


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