It was a search for streamlined, beautifully made cufflinks for her own wedding in 2010 that led Alice Walsh to found men’s luxury accessories brand Alice Made This. Having designed for Tom Dixon, The Conran Shop and De Beers, Walsh was initially committed to creating a small line of cufflinks made of brass, copper and steel that celebrated the best of British manufacturing and materials, but with a decidedly design-led twist. Fast-forward to 2015 and the website collection now includes industrial electroplated pieces – tie and lapel pins, studs and cufflink sets – in 24ct gold and pure rhodium.
Cufflinks are still the signature strength, with most models available in a wide array of metals and lustres. Minimalists will favour the sleekly tri-faceted Thomas version in hand-turned rhodium (£160), while the Augustine cufflinks in shiny rose gold (£315, second picture) feature intricate designs inspired by 18th-century courtiers’ attire. Made by a specialised Hatton Gardens-based casting house that holds a Royal Warrant, these particular filigree accents are complemented by a matching circular lapel pin (£240).
Indeed, the traditional tie pin has also been stylishly reimagined. The curved-top, angle-sided James in highly polished, precision-turned gold (£130, third picture) and the inverted conical Lucas in solid steel (£95) are among the e-boutique’s standout designs. A collaboration with tie-maker Marwood has also resulted in four tie pins (in 24ct gold, silver, copper and pure rhodium) inspired by the brand’s diamond logo. Each is paired with one of four individual Marwood silk/wool-jacquard ties influenced by Alice Made This metalwork (such as silver, £280, fourth picture). Away from metals, the natty William pin (£95, fifth picture) is made from woven marine cord in blue, yellow or black, and resembles shipping knots. Gift sets in velvet-lined black boxes – such as the Thomas (£450, first picture) – match cufflinks, tie pins and studs.
For stylish men’s accessories that make a subtle but strong statement, this is a chic one-stop shop.