S.T. Dupont, founded in Paris in 1872, is almost single-handedly keeping the art of smoking in style alive.

The Duke of Windsor carried one of their lighters, and the firm continues to offer the elegant accessories in an envy-inducing array of materials.

A striped lacquered lighter from Paris’ S.T. Dupont

Some of our favorites are finished in chinese lacquer; the solid colors are of course classics, but modern gentleman’s emporium On the Fly turned us onto this Rayures model, named after the French word for stripes.

We imagine it’s the sort of thing Serge Gainsbourg might have used to ignite Jane Birkin’s post-coital Gitane…