The ‘Aguila Dorada’ collection grew as an homage to adventure. The narrative derives from a story of a wild and reckless character – a man who has travelled the world, sailed the seven seas and returned with chilling tales to tell and dark secrets to keep. An untameable, unpredictable adventurer – rugged and dangerous, but mysteriously seductive.
The form of the ‘shackle’ features heavily across the collection, in various guises.
My obsession with shackles started during the very early research phases. Having spent a lot of time staring at ancient treasure hoards and old, piratical-feeling duelling pistols in the British Museum, I discovered a ships Chandlery shop in a back street of Central London. It was here I came across a wealth of shackles and ropes and all things boat–based. I became fascinated.
When working on the design for these cufflinks I took all the essence of the shackle, but made it work in a different way.
I liked the idea of the shirt cuffs being very simply ‘shackled’ together. Having experimented (rather unsuccessfully) with physically shackling the cuffs, I decided the most effective way to do this was to use what is essentially the bar of the shackle, and manipulate the form to suit my purpose.
And so these cufflinks were born. The top of the cufflink is the part of the bar you twist, the form then flows through the shirt and out the other side as the base of the bar. The amber sapphires mixed with the rich yellow of the gold gave the design the sense of warmth and antiquity I was looking for.