Back-To-School Blues - II


English Enameled "Schoolboy" Repp Stripe Cufflinks with Griffons (LEO Design)


Repp stripes were (and are) highly-popular in England where they often represent a regiment, a school, a sports team or some other club or clan.  Like tartan plaids in Scotland, members of the (originally all-male) groups would wear their colors with great pride.

Occasionally, I am able to identify the organization to which a particular repp stripe belongs.  But, most of the time, I remain in-the-dark as to the pattern's origins.  I also suppose that some repp stripe patterns are designed (or re-colored) by fashion designers, simply to look nice on a tie, a scarf or a pair of cufflinks—not because they are historically accurate renderings of a school's or team's colors.

This stinking pair uses a bold black ground color cut with crisp white and red repp stripes.  What appear to be griffons punctuate the field between the stripes.  I do not know if this is any group's actual repp stripe, but I loved the "serious effect" the colors and arrangement create.

Click on the photo above to learn more about these handsome cufflinks.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248