Off the cuff: The top 5 cufflinks for Christmas
Not so long ago the humble cufflink could be said to fall into one of two categories: the exceedingly formal and the gimmicky, with the former most likely to have been inherited or received as a christening present, and the latter most commonly associated with Father’s Day gifts and novelty Christmas stocking fillers.
A resurgence of sharp tailoring in the world of menswear and an increased focus on male accessories, has, however, led to a recent resurrection of interest in this essential gentleman’s accoutrement, both as a collectable design item and as a purveyor of individual style.
Whilst functionality and comfort remain veritable dogmas of cufflink dressing, design and form now rule. With Christmas fast approaching we ask Founder and Creative Director Tessa Packard of Tessa Packard London to list her top five cufflinks:
1.The Big Smoke Cufflinks, £300
Tessa cites ancient cultures and past civilisations as one of her biggest inspirations. These handsome cufflinks form part of her opium-den themed collection, No Smoke Without Flowers, and epitomise the dark, opulent tones of the orient. Set with round, polished onyx cabochons, the Big Smoke Cufflinks are versatile classics and perfect for both casual and formal occasions.
2. Ice Gem Cufflinks, £250
Who didn’t love Iced Gem biscuits? These eponymously named cufflinks are as delightful and moreish as the original 80s snack and make a welcome addition to any gentleman’s wardrobe. Also available in an 18ct gold finish.
3. Gummy Bear Cufflinks, £300
Timeless fine jewellery inspired by perishable penny sweets may sound incongruous, but that is exactly what Tessa has sought to achieve with her Fat Free collection. These Gummy Bear Cufflinks are the perfect mix of whimsical fun and elegant design. The perfect gift for any gentleman looking to add a touch of playful glamour to their outfit.
4. Mexicana Cufflinks, £250
Set with a real five-pence coin and inspired by the designer’s love for traditional English penny sweets, these eponymously named cufflinks are quintessentially British in both conception and design. Also available in an 18ct gold finish.
5. Penny Sweet Cufflinks, £250
These versatile cufflinks draw their inspiration from the rich, decorative culture of ancient Mexico and its Mayan temples. Elegantly fashioned in silver and 18ct gold vermeil, the Mexicana Cufflinks are the ultimate everyday accessory.
All of the cufflinks above can be bought online at: tessapackard.com