Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Can the cuff link shed its stuffy, pompous reputation? Luxury men's brand Hobbs and Kent dares five leading Pop Surrealism artists to reinterpret this classic men's accessory.
The result is Hobbs and Kent's "Ex. Arte" collection. The limited edition cuff links are created for a man that wears Chuck Taylors with a bespoke suit, appreciates the difference between single malt and single cask, keeps his little black book on his iPhone, and understands that Kid Robot is not just a toy store.
Ex.Arte is an innovative collaboration between Hobbs and Kent and featured artists Gary Taxali, Gary Baseman, Ray Caesar, Jeff Soto, and Shaunna Peterson. The artists created their collections based on the theme of "Foursome"-an exploration of things that come in sets of four. Stemming from Hobbs and Kent's long-standing tradition of quality and innovative use of luxurious materials, Ex.Arte features exclusive designs by the artist that are handapplied to porcelain and mounted in sterling silver. The collection takes a playful and transformative approach towards the classic concepts of bespoke accessories and custom clothing with a group of provocative and iconoclastic images that, while created in a traditional "old world" medium, are at the forefront of contemporary art. With this collection, Hobbs and Kent reinstates cuff links as personal symbols.
-4 Original Designs each by 5 Leading Pop-Surrealism Artists
-Porcelain mounted in sterling silver
-Limited Edition of 98 in each design
-Each Pair of cuff links is marked with the Artist's Name and Edition Number
-Artist signed Booklet with artist's biography, design brief and a sample of previous works
-Exclusive brushed lacquered wood boxes.