‘Vincent’ is a collection that tells the story of a dark and dangerous character, ruling London’s underworld with an iron fist. Vincent is the perfect gentleman gangster - suave, sophisticated and deadly. Impeccably dressed – you would perhaps see just the tails of his perfectly tailored coat disappearing down a dark alleyway, or a flash of his golden cufflinks as he stalks out of an underground gambling den.
Cufflinks were of course going to be a vital part of this collection. This pair was designed as play on a traditional theme.
In the development of the collection I became fascinated by very classic gentlemen’s accessories – from vintage lighters, through old watches and their chains to symbolic rings. At the same time I also immersed myself in the films of David Cronenburg and Tarkovsy, spent hours looking at monumental Soviet modernist architecture, and the incredible Russian communist propaganda graphics, as well as post-modern artists such as Malevich, amongst others.
The shape of these cufflinks initially stemmed from a roulette wheel (every good gangster has at least one casino under his command) – but tried to take in, with subtlety, the brutalist forms and volumes of my architectural references.
The idea of the negative space created by the hole in the centre enthralled me. It seemed to bring the sculptural qualities of the form to life, and there is something slightly thrilling about being able to see through to the shirt beneath. A twist on a classic that Vincent would be proud of, or at least I like to think so.