People are always asking me, “How in the world did you get started in a business like this?”

I don’t want to say “by accident,” but it was a little that way.

My previous line of work took me to some of the finest men’s stores in the country. Even though these stores had the best to offer in clothing and accessories and a clientele that appreciated finer things, I found their selection of gifts to be seriously lacking and not at all consistent in quality with their other merchandise.

So, I saw a real need for unique gift items of high quality.

It all started when I bought 17 pairs of vintage cufflinks back in 1987. After carefully hand designing the packaging for 17 pairs, I took them to a few of the stores on which I called. I returned empty handed, selling all 17 pairs.

The excitement of providing others with products that were unique and designing my own packaging set the wheels turning. The Col. Littleton business was born and is now in it’s 28th year of operation.