by Laura Pellerine
Editor’s Pick: Timeless Timepieces
Calgary watchmaker Mark Griffiths’ Modern Classics line is a wonderful blend of old and new. Griffiths’ mechanical watches (meaning they need winding) are made up of the inner workings of vintage Swiss pocket-watches, and stainless steel outer cases with two-tone dials, and glass backs. Men can customize their watches from a selection of boldly coloured faces (made by an Albertan manufacturer), and highquality is assured: Griffiths personally tests each piece. The label, Barrington Griffiths Watch Company, is planning to start a women’s collection in 2012. The Modern Classics line ranges in price from $535 – $630, at bgwatch.com.
Fans of the artistic haven Kensington Art Supply won’t have to search far for the shop’s new location, they’ve moved to a much larger space next door. Growing to 2,500 square feet (almost three times the size of their previous address) means that the shop is able to bring in new products as well as expand their previous selection of any supplies an artist could possible require—like full-size easels, glass-top art tables, airbrushes, journals, paintbrushes, paints, and compressors. They also now offer a custom canvas building service, and with twice the amount of art instruction books and videos, it’s one of the largest selections in the city, 130 – 10 St NW.
Find luxe items like white gold tennis bracelets weighed down by five carats of glittering diamonds at Diamond Boutique, a lavish shop, run by husband-and-wife team Dror and Efrat Lahav. While it’s been a hidden gem in the city for the past two decades, just this winter it stepped out into a (literally) shiny, new location in Mount Royal Village. Much effort is put in by the Lahavs to select some of the world’s best gemstones, and buyers can also partake in the boutique’s other specialty: custom designs. We like this 18-carat white gold key pendant with one carat’s worth of diamonds, $2,850, 816 – 16 Ave SW.
Using iron-forged and anvil-detailed hardware, high quality leather, and a spool of thread, James Forrester, owner and creative director of Del Fuego Ironworks, creates custom messenger bags, belts and buckles, as well as unique Western-English riding apparel and tack. Forrester is a passionate metal-smith, creating one-of-a-kind pieces: each is derived from an initial meeting with clients, who partake in a rough sketch of what they’re looking for. The result is a distinctive work of art that is durable enough for everyday wear. Visit www.delfuegoironworks.ca for more information. —Dan Leahul