Every December, we wear ourselves out channelling our most sartorial selves at Christmas parties. From house parties to black-tie gala dinners, we emerge from a haze of Christmas pudding and Vintage Port to that last hurrah of the year – the New Year’s Eve party.
With only a couple of days to suit up and see out the year in style, choosing what to wear can be a minefield. Do you recycle a previous look? Or do you brave the Boxing Day crowds to try and pull together something entirely new, hoping to find more than just the dregs of the previous season?
Add a sleek accessory
A unique piece of jewellery has the ability to transform any party outfit from drab to dapper. How can you be sure you’re choosing right? Whether you’re dressing for yet another black-tie event or looking to stand out from the crowded bar, we recommend you look no further than Patrick Mavros’ range of cufflinks and bangles.
In every sense, the Zimbabwe-based luxury brand make more than just accessories. As well as jewellery, they produce all manner of table accessories from teaspoons to napkin rings to candelabras.
But even more than that – their accessories are works of art; beautiful, sculpted pieces, inspired by Africa, designed with native art and traditions in mind and handmade in Zimbabwe and Mauritius. Add one of their bangles to your wrist and it’ll likely receive more compliments than your wristwatch.
That’d be the Elephant Hair bangle. “It’s my standout piece for men,” Alexander Mavros, one of Patrick’s four sons, tells us. “It’s based on the iconic Africa Elephant Hair Bangle, which is a centuries-old bracelet. It was believed that wearing the bangle would imbue a young warrior with the might of the elephant on his journeys across the deserts, savannahs and forests of Africa.”
And because the Africa artisans are all about keeping it in the family, you may not know that this bangle was also designed by Forbes Mavros, Alexander’s brother.
And their cufflinks are just as eye-catching. Like the bangles, Patrick Mavros has channeled his passion for the continent’s wildest beats by casting them in precious metals. Choose to upgrade your shirt and suit combo with a pair of cheetahs, lions, buffalos, camels or even elephants.
So if you’ve made a New Year’s style resolution, make a headstart as 2018 turns to 2019 and transform your party outfit with one of these pairings, available in both silver and gold.
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