Archive for 2007

30TH Anniversary of JA New Designer Gallery – what a party!
Posted on August 14, 2007
This was the 30th anniversary of the JA Show's New Designer Gallery and we threw ourselves quite a fete! First came the ceremony - nearly 50 of the 300+ alumni came to celebrate and remember old times with each other... seen in the photo is Janis Savitt (M+J Savitt) Steven Lagos, Beth Moskowitz, David Yurman, Sheila Kahn, Frederica, Karen Gerstl, Deborah Blohm, Kristin Moore and Esther Gallant. Each having been in the New Designer Gallery when they debuted in the industry. It was a GREAT time. Next came a reunion dinner I organized for all -- we had more than 120 people there -- all laughing and telling stories and genuinely having a ball. This was one of those epic events that made you glad to be part of this crazy business. Next time we have an event - - I hope you all... Read More
John Hardy Sells His Stake
Posted on July 10, 2007
John Hardy, founder of the namesake Bali jewelry brand, has sold his stake in the firm to company president Damien Dernoncourt and creative director Guy Bedarida. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, reported WWD. More from WWD:Hardy will become the brand's ambassador and continue to help provide creative vision. His wife, Cynthia, will be a merchandising consultant. Terri Eagle, who joined the company from competitor David Yurman in 2005, will retain the title of president and chief executive officer of John Hardy USA. Dernoncourt, 35, has been president since 2003, and Bedarida, 43, has been in his role since 1999. An unnamed private equity firm backed the deal and Lincoln International acted as a financial adviser. It is unclear whether Hardy owned the majority in the... Read More
Bergdorf Goodman is Best Luxury Retailer
Posted on June 5, 2007
Bergdorf Goodman was rated the most prestigious traditional luxury retail brand in the 2007 Luxury Brand Status Index survey from the New York-based Luxury Institute. Sister brand Neiman Marcus was rated second while Nordstrom rated a close third. Bergdorf Goodman was rated the most prestigious traditional luxury retail brand in the 2007 Luxury Brand Status Index survey from the New York-based Luxury Institute. Sister brand Neiman Marcus was rated second while Nordstrom rated a close third. "This category rankings are generally stable, although the addition this year of ratings for the growing luxury e-tailer category changes the overall ratings dynamics significantly," said Milton Pedraza, chief executive of the Luxury Institute. "Wealthy consumers tell us... Read More
Green Jewelry
Posted on April 16, 2007
Usually when I'm asked about "Green Jewelry" it's a trend report featuring peridot and tsavorite. But now the term has a whole new meaning. Recycled. Ecologically sound. Even "Clean." Two weeks ago I read about a boutique in NYC that is changing it's focus from discounted designer wear to full-priced Eco-friendly wear (Accessories and jewelry included) and now comes news from NYC design mecca ABC Carpet & Home. For those of you who haven't been there -- it's way more than carpet! What once was just that has morphed in the past two decades into being a total lifestyle store for the cool, trendy and fabulous. They have had a few jewelry counters on the first floor for years. And now WWD reports today: ABC Carpet & Home's latest initiative is clean... Read More
Quote of the Day
Posted on April 12, 2007
"Left brain is logic, right brain is creativity. We don't want our kids to compete internationally with half of their brain tied behind their backs." -- Texas State Representative Rob Eissler, on the importance of arts education (via The San Antonio Express) props to ... Read More
Database Pet Peeve
Posted on April 7, 2007
This is the time of year when most designers are getting ready for the best sales opps for the whole year. So it's no surprise that we're busy creating custom mailing lists for them. Our database has 3000 designer-centric retailers (pretty much the entire universe). We keep track of all sorts of data on them -- when we mailed them something, what they're JBT # is, web address, buyer, etc. It's amazing to me how few designers do the same! If you don't have a good database program -- please put it on your To Get list. It's one thing to have your customers in your accounting program (you can track their orders, their purchasing history and print labels) but it's another to track prospects. And prospects are invaluable. And spending hours (or losing hours, actually) to hand... Read More
JA’s New Designer 30th Anniversary
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The 30th Anniversary of the New Designer Gallery is going to be a great celebration -- and one everyone can share. We're planning a lot of ways to celebrate. First, of course is to debut this year's New Designer Gallery and anoint one "New Designer of the Year." Over the years this award has been shared by: Whitney Boin, Diana Vincent, Steven Kretchmer, Eddie Sakamoto, Tom Kruskal, Penny Preville, Alex Sepkus, Susan Sadler and so many more. This year we're adding a Designer Showcase Lounge to the show floor. This is the place for hanging out and reminiscing. We'll display memorabilia from 30 years of stars and maybe have a Designer Jewelry silent auction (to raise money for a Mort Abelson scholarship). Anyone can donate to the auction -- gives you a great... Read More
30 Years of New Talent
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The other reason I'm glad to join the Nielsen Jewelry Group is that this is the 30th Anniversary of the famed New Designer Room/Gallery at the JA Shows. The reason I could make a business focused on the designer sector of the industry is because Mort Abelson, show director for the JA Shows in the 70's  (when the show was the only game in town and owned by the Jeweler's of America trade association) decided to spice up the trade show and invite "some young designers"  to exhibit with the industry big-guns. Mort was a true trailblazer. He schlepped to the cow pastures of Rhinebeck to peruse the craft show that had recently started (the forerunner of the ACC Show). He trekked through countless "booths" (if that's what the tents could be called) to... Read More
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So this is a very exciting time for me to start working with the Nielsen Jewelry Group -- producers of Couture  and JA New York shows. It's the first year that Couture is open to all valid buyers so it's the first time that many will be able to experience the "Couture difference."   Couture is a unique trade show in that it's not intended to serve all -- it's a targeted event that serves just the high-end/branded/designer-oriented sector of the fine jewelry business. It offers an edited collection of several hundred vendors which represents a managable, cohesive buying experience. Since Las Vegas is an ever growing orgy of stimuli -- both in terms of business and pleasure -- I think an oasis like this much needed. I think it's the perfect time for... Read More
Fred Leighton Joins Bergdorf Goodman
Posted on April 5, 2007
WWD reported on Thursday, April 05, 2007: BERGDORF BLING: Vintage jewelry house Fred Leighton is making its debut at Bergdorf Goodman on May 1, marking the first time the precious baubles will be available at a retail location outside Leighton's own New York and Las Vegas stores. "It is a culmination of years of talking with each other on and off, first under previous ownership and then again about a year ago," said Fred Leighten owner Ralph Esmerian, who acquired the 36-year-old company last April. Esmerian said the brand would start on the first floor among the other fine jewelry pieces, but would have room to expand. "I want to start at a ground level and test ourselves. Fred Leighton has never officially been in a huge luxury environment outside of our own... Read More