Trends & Traditions houses a glittering trove of designer jewelry produced by southwest artisans to catch eyes, capture hearts, and preserve memories. Woven sterling-silver bracelets by Chamilia easily encircle wrists, ankles, and the tiny waists of Victorian snakes with slim bands. Though the store's selection of charms may vary, an array of interchangeable sterling-silver beads and clips can stay attached to the same look for a lifetime, or graciously relinquish their hold to allow new partnerships. Add to charm collections with custom-coordinated bling, swirling abstract designs, and representational statuettes of hearts, animals, letters, and cybernetic robber barons from rich loads of glimmering ornaments.
After more than 30 years in the gem and jewelry industry, Jimmy Green decided to channel his experience and passion for the trade into opening his own store. He curates a knowledgeable staff to help him sell jewelry from designers such as A. Jaffe, Mémoire, Roberto Coin, Gabriel & Co., and Jenny Perl. He and his crew welcome shoppers into a Venetian-inspired jewelry salon whose handmade Italian bricks, barreled copper ceilings, and Venetian plaster walls wait behind double cast-iron Cantera doors. There, white and yellow diamonds up to 10 karats and bigger shine alongside period pieces in Victorian, Edwardian, retro, and art-deco styles.
In addition to repairing watches and jewelry pieces of any size, the master craftsmen can outfit custom wares with colored gemstones including emeralds, rubies, and jade. Shoppers can also find handmade designer knives from William Henry. Jimmy’s mission is to make shoppers feel warmly welcomed, whether they’re seeking out a budget-friendly piece or looking to spend pocketfuls of chocolate coins before they melt.
At Originals Beads and Gems, sparkling jewels, minerals, and beads dazzle eyes with their glossy colors and willingness to come together for a cause. Customers can sort through the wide inventory and take home materials for solo crafting, or put in a request with the design-savvy staff for hard-to-find beads or beading materials. Crafters looking to learn a new skill can enroll in one of many classes that cater to all skill levels. During three-hour beginner classes, experienced instructors impart the essentials of single-strand jewelry, and in intermediate and advanced classes, students can learn how to stamp metal, wrap beads, or choose a favorite between their two wrists. For customers whose ideas for jewelry design exceed their skills, the creative staff at the design center can weave opulent adornments from their customers’ materials and design ideas.
Since 1952, family-owned-and-operated Al’s Formal Wear has been spiffing up gentlemen for all formal and celebratory occasions. Dudes get dandified by donning Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, or Perry Ellis, to name just a few of the brands on hand, with rentals beginning at $57.99. Look sharp for a transcontinental yacht adventure with the cruise package, featuring a white polyester dinner jacket sure to impress big spenders and scandalize stodgy, traditional butlers ($139.97). Ease into a formal evening with a black silk cummerbund and pre-tied bow, or put on the ritz in a jaunty white fedora (both $39.99).
Otra Vez stocks designer looks from the last two years as well as classic and vintage styles in near-mint condition. After sending their original price tags through a paper shredder, items from such labels as Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton can slip into witness protection in the humble closets of Otra Vez's style-savvy patrons. Since items are individual at Otra Vez, Cinderella fantasies meet reality when rightly-sized feet slide into the leather workmanship of Cole Haan sandals ($49.99). Explore the world from a vantage point a few inches higher up in a pair of Manolo Blahnicks ($96), or from a more colorful state of dress in a vibrant Simon Chang blouse ($35.49). High science meets high fashion when 1960s dresses, such as a green gown from Saz Boutique ($119), prove that cryogenics work for fine fabrics.
People love to express themselves, whether through wearing monogrammed clothing or simply stamping bar towels or tissue-box covers with their initials. For heads of households, that self-expression becomes an even more powerful statement. As a mother and homeowner, Meredith can relate. That's why she founded Embellish Accessories and Gifts, where she curates a warehouse full of women's designer clothing and accessories as well as charming and eclectic baby accessories and housewares. The venture specializes in sewing custom monograms onto everything from shirts and hats to patterned towels and pillowcases. Meredith's team also stamps stylized initials onto jewelry, silverware, and the license plate of the family car.