Every once in a while a product comes along that is so simple, so practical, and such a problem-solver, that you wonder why someone hadn’t thought of it by now.
Case in point: Swiss Stays, the world’s first patented, adjustable collar stays. Designed to fit every sized shirt collar on the market, these handy little items are the creation of David Schottenstein, a fashion innovator and founder of Astor & Black, one of the fastest growing custom clothiers in the world.
“I looked at dozens of collar stays and went through several designs before coming up with the Swiss Stay,” Schottenstein said. As I did with custom suits at Astor & Black, I wanted Swiss Stays to be made from the best materials and with excellent craftsmanship.”
One set of Swiss Stays is designed to fit all 24 different sizes of collars on the market today thanks to a pair of rotating extensions that turn one collar stay into four different sizes.
Made from sterling silver, brass, stainless steel or PVC with stainless rivets, Swiss Stays give your shirt collar a perfect look thanks to firm materials that are thicker and stronger than other options on the market and keep your collar standing strong all day long. They are the versatile option for a product that should be a part of every well-dressed gentleman’s wardrobe.
The company sent over two sets to try out, and they certainly live up to their promise. Packaged in a convenient three-pack that’s roughly the size of a Zippo lighter, the stainless steel stays quickly became the go-to option for all my dress shirts. The stays are a bit stiff at first and the adjustment process requires a bit of bending and finger work, but they fold out without too much headache and slip neatly into every collar I could find.
The PVC option is a bit thinner than the stainless steel version, though it feels thicker than the stock plastic stays that come with most dress shirts. They probably won’t get quite as much use as the stainless steel version, though it is nice to have an extra set around.
If there’s one gripe, it’s that you have to return them to their fully folded position for them to fit back into their case and have the lid close. Granted, this is about as minor of a concern as their could be with a product such as this, so don’t let that deter you from trying them.
Swiss Stays are priced at several different levels, from the PVC option at $8 for a set of three to the sterling silver gift set at $125. The brass stays are $30 for a set of three, while the stainless steel are $20 for a set of three.
The company is also offering a VIP membership club, the Swiss Stays Concierge. Members will get a box of collar stays shipped to them each month, and if they find they’ve left their stays behind on a trip, they can call the concierge and have a new set in hand within 24 hours.
Learn more about Swiss Stays and find links to purchase them via their website, SwissStays.com.