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It started with a brooch

Twenty five years is a long time in jewellery. A lot of businesses don’t last the course or manage to diversify so much that the original idea is long since lost.

Simon Carter on the other hand is celebrating 25 years in the business by re-releasing two pairs of cufflinks – a propeller and a Spitfire design – that were originally crafted in pewter when Carter first started out.

However it was brooches, not cufflinks that got Carter into the jewellery industry.

“I was working in a vintage shop on the Kings Road and they gave me this motorcyclist brooch in instead of a day’s wages,” he says. “No one under the age of 30 can understand men wearing oversized brooches but this was 1985.”

There is a touch of that New Romanticism in some of the new pieces for this autumn including some rather fabulous lapel pins.

On this blog I have been championing the return of the dandy and not just because I’ve been watching too much Sherlock Holmes incarnations recently (Robert Downey Jr or Benedict Cumberbatch in the new BBC adaption, I’m not fussy). But I am not alone or merely relying on the opinions of men in East London.

Men’s fashion has been getting distinctly Brideshead and the jewellery is following.

Pocket watches are coming back, if William Cheshire has his way men will be wearing cocktail rings on their little fingers and a lapel pin is just one more step in this direction.

I think it could be the thing to be wearing come September.

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