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    Leafwood Proves Wood Watches Can Be Both Fashionable and Environmentally-Conscious

    Leafwood Proves Wood Watches Can Be Both Fashionable and Environmentally-Conscious

    The new environmentally friendly wristwatches from Canadian company Leafwood are as fashionable as they are good for the environment. Made and designed from beautiful recycled wood, they are turning out to be a real hit with outdoor enthusiasts as well as fashion-conscious Canadians looking to make a statement.

     

    It’s clear why the fashion crowd has embraced Leafwood – the newest line of wooden watches made from repurposed walnut and sandalwood is absolutely gorgeous. These wood watches from Canada come in unique designs for men and women, and all of them are made from recycled or reclaimed wood. The wood is natural and untreated, meaning that each watch is 100 percent unique. The tiny imperfections in the wood grain ensure that no two people will ever have the same watch.

     

    Leafwood was founded first and foremost as a company selling environmentally friendly wooden watches. The two founders of the company often spent long days mountain biking and mountain running across Canada and were simply looking for an all-natural wristwatch product that would fit into this active, outdoor lifestyle. They wanted a product that would be rugged and hold up well outdoors, and also that would be designed with a certain rustic simplicity. After debating several possible options, they decided on wood as the perfect material that’s both durable and capable of being formed into unique aesthetic designs.

     

    From there, the idea of a nature watch really took off as a fashion statement. It’s almost impossible to wear a Leafwood watch, says co-founder Terry Arsenault, without people asking how the product works and how it’s designed. Many people seeing a Leafwood watch for the first time refer to it as a “tree watch” or as a “nature watch.”

     

    The idea of a fashion-forward nature watch has really captured the popular imagination. British GQ, for example, has featured these Canadian wood watches several times, and Leafwood has been promoted by some Canadian non-profit organizations as an example of how the concepts of “environmentally-conscious” and “fashionable” can co-exist and actually thrive.

     

    The new line of summer 2017 watches now give buyers the option of including an Italian leather strap to complement the beautiful sandalwood or walnut grain. Moreover, the company has branched out into women’s watches as well, offering a sleeker, more beautiful profile for these watches.

     

    Recently, Leafwood has taken its commitment to environmental sustainability to another level with a unique pledge to plant one new tree for every tree watch sold. It’s a way of giving back to nature, while also remaining true to the company’s original founding mission of preserving and respecting the local environment.

     

    Going forward, Leafwood will continue to look for new opportunities at the intersection of design and sustainability. The goal, of course, is to make more people aware of little everyday steps that they can take to improve the environment around them. Trading in your plastic or metal watch for one made from beautiful, reclaimed wood is one of them.

    Leafwood: Leaving the Earth Better Than You Found It

    Leafwood: Leaving the Earth Better Than You Found It

    Credit Photography: @julian

    The easiest way to make this world a better place is by committing to leaving it a better place than you found it. At Leafwood, we’ve interpreted this statement to mean that our custom wood watches should be more than just a stylish fashion accessory – they should become the focal point of an eco-sustainable lifestyle.

     

    At Leafwood, this means that whatever we take from Mother Nature to make our wood watches, we will put back ten fold. Although all of our Leafwood products are manufactured from recycled and reclaimed wood, we still pledge that we will plant a new tree for every watch sold. Our goal is that future generations will benefit from small steps taken today.

     

    And that message of positivity is one that any individual can follow. You don’t need to found a global nonprofit, develop a cure for a major disease or devote your entire life to saving the environment. Tiny little steps, if taken daily, can have a huge impact on our planet.

     

    There are easy examples of how you can leave the Earth better than you found it. Picking up a piece of litter when you see it is one way to keep the planet green. Random acts of kindness are another great way to enrich lives around you. Even a simple smile and “thank you” to someone who helps you is an easy way to leave the Earth better than you found it.

     

    From there, tiny little steps can become even bigger steps. Instead of driving to work each day, you might decide to bike to work. Ultimately, any small action that gets us closer to our final goal of an eco-sustainable planet is worth doing. We all have to commit to making every day better.

     

    It’s the tiny steps that matter because they have the power to inspire others around you. A few steps taken by a few individuals can become a powerful movement followed by thousands of people, if not tens of thousands of people.

     

    The key point here is that you need to be focused on the here and now, rather than on some date far in the future. In short, it’s not about leaving a legacy when you leave this Earth, it’s about leaving a legacy every day. Any interaction, any situation, any meeting with someone new, can become a unique opportunity to leave the Earth better than you found it.

     

    At Leafwood, we’re continually inspired by the great outdoors and the world around us. We founded this company on the idea that high-quality products can be made from recycled and reclaimed materials. We’re passionate about the need for sustainable development, and we hope that our wood watches will inspire that same kind of passion in others. Every day, we tell ourselves, “It starts here.”

     

    There is something very magical about getting back to nature. It changes your perspective of the world. It helps you to appreciate simplicity and beauty in all things. Are you ready to change the world? Then simply pledge to leave the Earth better than you found it.

    These Wood Watches Blur the Line Between Fashion and Sustainability

    These Wood Watches Blur the Line Between Fashion and Sustainability

    For centuries, the timeless and enduring allure of wood has fascinated artists and artisanal craftsmen. From the smallest children’s toy to the largest architectural creation, wood has played a role in defining excellence in nearly every field of human artistic endeavor. And now, with the launch of new eco-friendly wood watches from Leafwood, it’s possible to wear that stylish and artisanal craftsmanship on your wrist.

     

    Unlike watches made from metal, these wood watches are meant to go everywhere you go in nature. They are made for peaceful sojourns in the woods, or for wearing on adventure hikes to the mountains. Made from recycled wood, they are both clean and simple. They are handcrafted to reconnect people with the environment around them – a constant reminder that we must continually replace that which we use.

     

    With that in mind, each Leafwood wood watch comes with a guarantee: For every watch sold, the company will plant a new tree. It’s all part of creating a natural, sustainable cycle for this product, as well as creating an enduring bond across generations. Each watch is one-of-a-kind, due to the natural grain patterns on the face and band, making it perfect for handing down as a keepsake for children. It is a constant reminder of the cyclical nature of life.

     The Juglan Nut Gold Wood Watch

    The latest creation from Leafwood is the Juglan Nut Gold men’s wood watch, made from beautiful 100% natural sandalwood. It is super lightweight and rugged. It is also hypo-allergenic, meaning that no toxic chemicals were used during its making. Unlike some metal watches that cause skin irritations, the Juglan Gold will not.

     

    But what makes the Juglan Nut Gold truly impressive are its standout good looks. This is a wood watch that includes a high-quality sapphire crystal face, a gold-colored crown, and a sandalwood bezel. When you see it on someone’s wrist, the first thing that you will notice is the gold, powerfully accented by the rich wood finish.

     

    It’s the reason that British GQ has featured watches from Leafwood for three consecutive months in 2017. These sustainable watches are making wood stylish, offering a new way to make a timeless fashion statement. For those men really looking to make a fashion statement, there’s the Terra Juglan Gold, the men’s wood watch with an Italian leather strap.

     The Leafwood Virago Ladies Recycled Wood Watch

    With the launch of the Virago wood watch, Leafwood has also created a distinctive women’s watch that is as beautiful as it is functional. This woman’s watch debuted in April 2017, and now comes in three colors: natural black brown sandalwood, natural red sandalwood, and natural beige maplewood.

     

    The Leafwood is the woodwatch store for those looking for the very latest in black wood watches and plantwear watches. These are sustainable watches made from eco-friendly reclaimed and recycled wood, and are as fashionable as they are eco-conscious. 

     

    “The earth has music for people who will listen,” Shakespeare once wrote. And now that earthly music comes in the form of a beautiful, artisanal-made wood watch handcrafted from nature’s finest materials.

    MOTHER'S DAY 2017 STYLE AND GIFT GUIDE

    MOTHER'S DAY 2017 STYLE AND GIFT GUIDE

    Procrastination happens to the best of us. As we move into summer, some of us may still be in winter mode and wondered where spring went, not to mention Mother’s Day is just around the corner as you get an invite to a Mother’s day event. Feel the stress bar go up? May 14th is the day for those of you who are just catching up. Note to self, you are cool, calm and perfect!

    Here is a quick, easy and stylish look to pull off, effortlessly sexy, sophisticated and fun for the event or any event for this summer, and additionally these items will make wonderful gifts.
     

    BACK TO BASICS

    This summer, simple is sexy. Shirt dresses, jumpsuits / playsuits, tank dresses or your go to maxi dress are extremely comfortable options and a breeze to layer up. If you are feeling self conscience about your arms, shirt dresses are enticing. Got winter legs? Comfy jumpsuits would be your hero. Want to turn some heads because you still “got it”? Say yes to the playsuit or romper.

    OUR PICKS (below): Silence + Noise Jackson Button-Front Gauzy Halter Jumpsuit, UrbanOutfitters ($79);Lancaster Dress, Community ($110); 

    Jersey Tank Dress, Madewell ($88)

     

     

    Mother's Day Casual Dress

     

    BE FASHIONABLY LATE?

    It’s not cool to keep your friends waiting. Remember to slip on a sleek and legible time piece. Gone are the days when watches were too fancy and superseded practicality. You can still look stylish and tell the time. Wood watches should be a staple accessory. Uniquely designed is the ladies wood watch from LEAFWOOD. Designed for the woman of effortless sophistication. THE VIRAGO woman is feminine, playful and infinitely ambitious. Our pick: TheVirago, LeafWood ($125)


     Virago Ladies Wood Watch - Leafwood 

     

    SUMMER ACCENTS

    When Mr. Golden Sun comes out to play protect yourself from its harmful rays with this years stylish shades, and hats inspired by the free spirited 70's and our feline friends. For  a splash of colour and adding that "oomph" of sophistication, add the classic scarf to your outfit. They are versatile and playful. Our picks: Field Hat, Brixton ($68);  Cool Cat Wire Frame Sunnies, Free People ($20)Auto Silk Scarf, Muleties ($44)

     LEAFWOOD Mother's Day

    KICKING IT UP A KNOTCH

    Simple and sexy still plays it’s part on your feet, so go ahead and slip into you favourite flip-flops or sneakers. What colour? NUDE. The Au Natural, beige, brown, nude, mauve, blanc colours are simple and allow your outfit to stand out without being drowned by your bottom half.

    Time To Chill Nude Slide Patent Sandals ($16); Platform Butchers, ZARA ($50); AP MOC in Shell White, Native ($75)

     

    HOLD ON TIGHT

    The last piece to your ensemble is your hand bag to carry gifts, and your belongings. Bring along your favourite weekender bag or tote for ample packing room. If you prefer something more discreet and causal, the mini backpack is a great option. Our picks: Duck Bag, BAGGU ($30)Vignelli Backpack, Matt & Nat ($160)Climb Tote Bag, Epperson Mountaineering ($80)

    Mother's Day - Leafwood

    MOTHER-TO-BE

    A perfect gift for the mother-to-be or for your own little bundle of joy is something to wrap "love" around. Muslin blankets are still one of the most popular blankets used by moms because of how light, breathable, soft and temperature adjustable they are. Our pick: Muslin Blanket, BabyBeBaby ($34)

    We can feel you’re breathing heavily. Not from stress but excitement to get ready for your debut. We are too.

     
    Happy Mother’s Day!
    LEAFWOOD

     

    5 of the Top 10 Most Common Watch Strap Clasps

    5 of the Top 10 Most Common Watch Strap Clasps

    With so many options out there for a watch clasp, how do you decide which one is best for you? For me, it comes down to 2 main things

    1. Style (how good it looks)
    2. Practicality (will it suffice for my intended use) 

    This article will tell you a bit about 5 of our favourites picked from the top 10 most common clasps to help you make a decision.

    #1 DEPLOYMENT CLASP

    Unfolds into thirds to allow the watch to fit over the hand. It locks in place with a small hook-type latch. It may also have buttons on either side of the clasp that must be pinched to release, or / and a fold over closure on top that provides extra security. Examples of watches that use this type of clasp are  the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 and the Tag Heuer Aquaracer 2000 watch. This is a pretty solid clasp and is found on many metal straps.

    #2 HIDDEN (BUTTERFLY) CLASP

    This clasp creates the illusion of a seamless band from the outside, and is hidden on the inside of the watch strap. Some have side push-button release mechanisms for added security. The Women's Virago Wood Watch by Leafwood uses this type of clasp, and is our number # 1 clasp pick, especially for a woman's watch.

    #3 TANG BUCKLE

    This is probably the most common type of clasp seen, as it is very simple and easy to manufacture, whilst being very secure at the same time. It has an adjustable closure made up of a pin and a series of holes in the band. This closure is common in belts and leather straps. Examples of watches that use this type of buckle are the Breitling Chronomat H13356 and The Mens Terra Juglan Gold Wood Watch by Leafwood. 

     

    #4 JEWELRY CLASP

    A simple latch snapped closed around a bar. It is released by lifting the clasp and unsnapping it from the latch bar. As the name suggests, it is more of a decorative clasp on high end watches. The look is one of its most important features.  The Gucci Signoria 116 25mm watch uses this type of clasp.

    #5 Velcro CLASP

    This is not strictly a clasp, and is really just a piece of material. Two pieces of Velcro are built into the strap and adhere to each other to create a tight fit. Fully adjustable and commonly found on sports watches with either a fabric or leather type strap. Since the velcro can wear out and become less secure over time, many watches that use this mechanism, combine it with a buckle for added security. The Timex Men's T499979J Expedition uses this type of clasp. 

    We hope this short introduction to watch strap clasps has been interesting to read and you've learned something new.

    All the best, The Leafwood Team.