Q&A: May28th Watches

Pop-art inspired watches earn the right to join the arm party

Pow Wow // Angelica Bonomo // 04/26/12
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We Love: May 28th's rainbow selection of watches.
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Watches have a lot to compete with these days. It's not enough for a watch to tell us the time—in the era of jewelry stacking, it's gotta be cute if it's going to take up valuable arm real estate. That's why we were stoked to find a the line of rainbow-bright watches from May28th. With pop-art inspired graphics and affordable prices, May28th founder Agni Tilla is curing our watch wearing woes.

How did you get into designing watches?
I got into designing while living in Toronto back in 2010 and as my first media I chose watches. Just a few months later I founded May28th. A year ago my husband and I relocated to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I kept creating new watches and in partnership with Canadian jewelry designer Gillian Johnson, run May 28th from three locations: Toronto, Kuala Lumpur and Riga.

Where did the idea to start this collection come from?
Struggling to find interesting, colorful and affordable watches for my everyday wardrobe, I decided it was time to create one for myself! I soon realized it’s not easy to limit myself to just a few designs. There are so many patterns, textures and colors that deserve to be framed in a timepiece.

Why did you name your line May28th?
May 28 is my anniversary!

Where do the ideas for your fun prints come from?
I'm creating watches inspired by the shapes and textures of the natural world and the weaves and knits of textiles, as well as traveling and people around me. I love to experiment with colors and graphics and surprise myself with the result.

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