Nothing is impossible for Filippo Villa, the visionary Italian who, with his brother Marco, has revived the once humble cufflink from a utilitarian metal clip, to an inventive, delightful mini work of art that is far more expressive than a tie. Villa cufflinks are colourful symphonies of gemstones, some in the shape of an item the wearer loves, others decorated with rare shells, or playfully set with rubies and pearls. They can be irreverent,
whimsical and amusing but also minimalist, and are always the height of chic. Detail is everything for Filippo and his brother Marco, who are the fourth generation of their family to preside over this creative Milan-based jewelery business, started by Benvenuto Villa in 1876. Eccentric and imaginative, Benvenuto was awarded three gold medals at the Universal Expositions of 1889, 1891 and 1894 in Paris.