TAB25: Limited edition leather and stainless steel cuff created by Kiitella in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Telluride AIDS Benefit. Each purchase supports the work of AIDS Service Organizations in Colorado and Africa. They were launched on World Aids Day at the TAB Dance Party, and will be available again at the 25th Anniversary TAB Fashion Show in March (get your tickets!). Meanwhile, you can also find them in Telluride at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art.
The story behind the Birds of Prey medals
by Ross Leonhart
You won’t find participation trophies at the Birds of Prey World Cup races at Beaver Creek. For the three fastest men in three disciplines, a custom, hand-made medal awaits at the podium — made by Lisa Issenberg, of Telluride [Ridgway, CO].
“The Birds of Prey I see as a high-level, sophisticated and traditional event — gold, silver and bronze represented with a classic, clean medal,” said Issenberg, who’s been commissioned by the Vail Valley Foundation to make the medals for the Birds of Prey races for a few years now. “Whereas some of the other ones — like some of the snowboard and free skiing medals — I make a little edgier. It just depends.”
Small Footprint, Outsized Potential
Microbusinesses help strengthen, diversify local economy
by Amy M. Peters
Many of this area’s businesses are based in real estate, agriculture and tourism, but the tri-county region also brims with craft manufacturers. Smaller companies may be less well-known. But they are important, because they help strengthen and diversify the economy.
Big businesses are “very unstable,” said Paul Major, the Telluride Foundation’s executive director. “They get overconcentrated (and lack) diversity, so when commodity prices go down, they’re all standing with their pants around their ankles asking, what happened to our economy here?”
The Birds of Prey medals… classic, minimal, sleek and hefty in gold, silver and bronze (brass, stainless steel and bronze)… This past weekend the Men’s FIS Alpine World Cup racers competed again at Beaver Creek, the only US stop on the tour.
The COSMIC Series kicked off at Eldora this past weekend with a bang. Congrats to winners of the Sprint, Vertical and Individual races. Kiitella’s COSMIC award is layered with symbolism, all contained in a minimal and sleek steel medallion. The cutout shape in the center: pozidriv (driv.. not drive), topo map background, compass dial – it spins, and 6mm accessory cord. Non-functional, yet totally inspired medals for the burly racers.
The AMGA recognized and thanked their Board of Directors for their time served with Kiitella’s custom-made steel clocks. Polished, jet-cut mild steel, a mountain silhouette, and the AMGA logo framed at six o’clock… Art plus function plus recognition.
Kiitella’s small, yet hefty, steel mountain trophies for this year’s American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) honorees: The four awards… Guide of the Year: Marc Chauvin, President’s Award: Betsy Winter, Lifetime Achievement in Mountain Guiding: Alain Comeau, and Employee of the Year: Ed Crothers.
Kiitella is pretty excited to create custom awards for Keen, a company committed not only to quality products and services, but also to protecting the environment and helping communities in need. Learn more about Keen’s raison d’être.
Colorado Mountain Club’s 25th Annual Backcountry Bash is happening this Saturday… get your tickets! Kiitella’s custom steel medals will be presented to the “Young Climber of the Year” and “Aspiring Mountaineer of the Year.”
Congratulations to Brady Robinson: At the Access Fund annual event in Oakland, California, the organization honored their Executive Director for his ten years of excellent leadership… with a custom Kiitella award.