There can be no greater recommendation for a silversmith such as Thomas Lyte thanthe fact that its commissions grace the homes ofheads of state (including royal palaces in the Middle East), superyachts and sporting arenas around the world. The company is a labour oflove for CEO Kevin Baker, who, five years ago, bought the ailing East Endsilver workshop and reinvigorated its traditional English trade using cutting-edge design and state-of-the-art technology.
With itshighly skilled team of polishers, crimmerers and wellsmen overseen by mastersilversmith Kevin Williams, Thomas Lyte can conceive and create a piece – whether spectacular silver chalices and trophies or traditional tea services – from a simple, initial sketch. Those not in themarket for a Ryder Cup (which the company looks after) can find inspiration in a range suchas the exquisite Spitfire collection, which includes sculptural vases(second picture, from £595), jugs (left in first picture, £550), and cocktail shakers (right in first picture, £595) – all of which can be orderedin various sizes and finishes.
Bespokecommissions typically take between two and four months to complete, dependingon the level of complexity and materials involved. In addition to larger objets d’art, Thomas Lyte offers an array of men’s and women’s accessories – cuff links (from £35) and engraved compacts (from £15) – as well as collectible sterling-silverminiatures (from £175) and baby mugs (from £275) that make for perfect, customisable christeninggifts.
Thomas Lyteis a brand founded on the values of “craftsmanship, Englishness, luxury andmodernity”, and 10 per cent of all profits are donated to its eponymous foundation toprovide support for emerging English artists and craftspeople. Acommission not only celebrates traditional English skills, it’s a work of artthat fuses the best of old and new in prize-winning fashion.