Archive for 2007

Post-Emmy’s
Posted on September 19, 2007
Where were the necklaces? And what was up with all those hair-do's?????? ... Read More
Small-business owners work longer, happier hours
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Speaking as someone who is online/plugged in almost all the time, I agree with with this report in the NAWBO Smartbrief:                        Small-business owners work longer hours and more holidays than the general population, but they also feel more in control of their lives, according to the latest index from Discover Small Business Watch. Another plus is small-business owners get more support from their spouses when they check their e-mail on their days off compared to those who work for other people, according to the report. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)/Associated PressI'd say we're happier too and our families are more integrated into our work life. Would you? ... Read More
Do You Know What Swag is?
Posted on September 15, 2007
Swag = free stuff given at swanky events for promotional opportunities Basically, it's a party goody bag for adults. You've heard about them after the Oscars and other "red carpet" events -- gift bags/baskets filled with all kinds of goodies companies paid the event planner to give to you. If you're a celebrity. Going along with the swag bag is the swag event -- "lounges," "bars" and open-house like parties hosted by companies or by swag-organizers to get celebs to come get their free stuff ... for the price of a photo with their branded free stuff. The Emmy's are coming up so here's one way a big jewelry brand has gotten some celebrity exposure -- and managing to take Eco-Friendly (buzz word of the year) very upscale. Read about it all on... Read More
Lagos Wins Trademark Lawsuit
Posted on August 30, 2007
Court ruled the jewelry designer owns the 'Caviar' name -- JCK-Jewelers Circular Keystone, 8/28/2007 7:27:00 AM A federal judge in Philadelphia ruled that jewelry designer and manufacturer Michael Dawkins, Inc. infringed upon the trademark owned by jewelry designer and manufacturer Lagos, Inc. [Complicating matters somewhat is that MDI filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Aug.2.] U.S. District Court Judge Ronald J. Buckwalter of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, through a consent order and permanent injunction, said that Philadelphia-based Lagos owns the trademark for the "Caviar" name in jewelry designs and that MDI must stop using the name in promoting and selling its own jewelry line—specifically rings, pins, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and... Read More
Where are Trends Born?
Posted on August 23, 2007
Today on our email discussion group (if you're not already on it send a blank email to designerjewelrybiz-subscribe@yahoogroups.com) someone asked "How, and by whom, are seasonal jewelry trends started?  What are the top publications that jewelry designers consult regarding trends?" I think there isn't one simple answer -- it's in the air. Fashionable people seem to feel the wind a changin' when it's time to go from short to long or big to tiny. There's the fashion bell curve of acceptance and the early adopters are way at the beginning, the mass of the folks on the curve - and those poor schleppers at the other end of the curve so hopelessly out-of-touch. Or is that right before the NEXT curve begins? Most trends are cyclical and in reaction to the previous... Read More
CFDA Adds 30 New Members – 3 are Jewelers
Posted on August 18, 2007
Founded in 1962, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is a not-for-profit organization of more than 300 top U.S.-based fashion and accessory designers. New members are chosen based on a vote by the board of directors upon review of their application. This year's new members are: Michael Ball for Rock & Republic Victoria Bartlett for VPL Monica Botkier for Botkier Tory Burch Richard Chai Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig for Marchesa Wenlan Chia for Twinkle Keanan Duffty for Slinky Vagabond Pina Ferlisi for Generra Justin Giunta for Subversive Jewelry Henry Jacobson Phillip Lim for 3.1 Phillip Lim Adam Lippes for Adampluseve Andreas Melbostad for Phi Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte David Neville and Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone James... Read More
When will this Affect Jewelry Design Knockoffs?
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U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Nail Design Thiefs by Renata Espinosa on www.fashionwiredaily.comAugust 09th, 2007 @ 12:06 AM - Not so fast, "fast" fashion – if a new design piracy bill that U.S. senators just introduced passes, companies hawking copies of an original design registered by a designer with the U.S. Copyright Office may find themselves dealing with a copyright infringement lawsuit.  Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced the bill in Washington D.C. last Thursday, August 2.  Under the bill, called the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, designers... Read More
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How to Contact Us
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The greatest thing about working for yourself is that you get to do whatever you want. In my case, that means doing EVERYTHING I want which leads to having many different titles, job descriptions and points of reference. So here's a handy guide to connect all the dots: Cindy Edelstein, president, Jeweler's Resource Bureaucindy@jewelersresource.comcindyedelstein@aol.com914-738-8485 Producer of www.jewelersresource.com Producer of globalDESIGN - the international showcase of studio jewelers in Philadelphia (alongside the Buyer's Market of American craft that features a select group of high-end jewelry designers) Producer of Designer Day business conferences in NYC (often held at Fashion Institute of Tech.) Consultant to Nielsen Jewelry group - -~  COUTURE event at the Wynn... Read More
We’re on .TV!
Posted on August 15, 2007
The folks at the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council (an online site for consumers to give opinions about fine jewelry) has launched another site -- a YouTube for our industry called JCOC.tv. And I've got a designer channel on it! You can see my first roving designer reporter video at http://www.jcoc.tv/view_video.php?id=155 . I've gone through the 4 trade shows in the past two weeks (JA Show, Buyer's Market, Accessories Circuit and NY Gift Show) meeting designers and taking video on some new collections. It's been a lot of fun. We've also taken video on their best business tips which will be going up on our site, www.jewelersresource.com, soon. I'm also going to do Cindy's Top Designer News blog on JCOC.tv so please send me your press releases (email is best, snailmail is ok)... Read More
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