Archive for June, 2009

Memo system cited as major factor in Henry Dunay filing for Chapter 11
Posted on June 24, 2009
“Memo is one of the main reasons I had to do this,” he said. “I don’t mind if somebody calls me and says I have a customer looking for something special. But when it sits in the store for a few months just to fill in the window, that is killer," said Henry Dunay in an exclusive interview with Rob Bates of JCK Magazine.Read the whole interview here.Also declaring Chapter 11 this week is David Webb, Madison Avenue jewelry house extraordinaire.In case you haven't been keeping up in the designer financial news, Michael Beaudry and JPPS Inc., the parent company for Penny Preville, also filed Chapter 11 bankrupcy protection this month. Doris Panos filed at the end of April.Henry is the first one to mention memo as part of the problem -- but I've got to wonder... Read More
Scenes from Couture 2009
Posted on June 17, 2009
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Designers Show Off at Couture 2009 — There is Light at the End of the Tunnel
Posted on June 16, 2009
 Sophia Chabbott of WWD did a great Couture show recap. See the article here and read the retailer reports and trends seen at the show.Trends quoted in the article are: "Pearls were also big news at the shows. Several credited First Lady Michelle Obama as the inspiration for classic two-row pearl necklaces, while others such as Slane and Slane used freshwater pearls rather creatively in torsades, and a even a bib necklace of gold and pearls. Tara showed white South Sea drop pendants with rose-cut diamonds. And even as consumers focus more on special-occasion buying rather than indulgence, statement pieces remain in the mix. Yossi Harari’s Mexican fire opal suites included a necklace with the distinctive orange-hued opals with black diamond covered beads and high... Read More
Couture Design Awards 2009 – Great jewelry designs and designers celebrated
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Couture Design Award winners really enjoyed their evening! So many great winning pieces -- and designers -- you can see them all at http://www.couturedesignawards.com/winners2009.shtmlSeen here are gold category winner Barbara Heinrich dancing with Atelier Zobel's owner Peter Schmid, who won for the pearl category (and was a finalist in the silver category, as well).Also having a great evening was bridal category winner (and gold category finalist) Pamela Froman with this year's MC, uber-stylist Rachel Zoe.And who would have expected a kickline to form with the ASPECTS designer group members and friends: Seen dancing were Jose Hess, Susan Sadler, Peter Schmid, Bernd Munsteiner, Tom Munsteiner, Petra Class and Couture newcomer awardee Elena Votsi.   ... Read More
2010 Saul Bell Design Award Competition Entry Form Available
Posted on June 15, 2009
In its tenth year, the Saul Bell Design Award competition continues to recognize artists whose work challenges traditional perceptions of jewelry design. They invite you to enter your most inspired creations in the 2010 Saul Bell Design Award competition. All entries must be received by September 18, 2009. Get an application on their website at http://www.saulbellaward.com/callforentries.html.  ... Read More
The Ten Ways Twitter Will Permanently Change American Business
Posted on June 14, 2009
Great article that should entice you to join the twitter-generation:"As Twitter grows it will increasingly become a place where companies build brands, do research, send information to customers, conduct e-commerce, and create communities for their users. Some industries, like local retail, could be transformed by Twitter."    read full article  [fixed link](shout out to blogger Carrie Soucy for leading me to this article! ... Read More
WWD Q&A With David Lipman, Advertising Guru
Posted on June 13, 2009
I think there's a bunch of great ideas in this quick interview with David Lipman. Read it all online -- here are my favorite quotes:WWD: What role does technology play in marketing? D.L.: You can’t market or communicate without it. But many people in the fashion world don’t understand how to embrace it and apply it to everyday life. High-tech mobile devices and the Internet are a part of our daily lives now. if you can’t communicate and market online yet, you’re missing out. Those little things that fit in our handbags or pockets are a new weapon, and that’s where I see the biggest opportunity.WWD: Who are new players in the market? D.L.: RueLaLa, a shopping Web site, has product that sells out at lightning-bolt speed. Firms like Amazon changed the way we shop... Read More
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Luxury and Necessity: Redefining Values
Posted on June 12, 2009
Women's Wear Daily took a look at what consumers say is a necessity and what is luxury (a word that is continually evolving in this recession)."The view of American consumers about what they require, compared with what they desire, is undergoing a fundamental shift," reports Dick Silverman (with whom I started my career! I was an intern at Footwear News while in college and Dick was their Managing Editor back then! Love that I'm still quoting this excellent journalist!) in a recent WWD article. "The staying power of that change is a core issue facing retailers and manufacturers trying to see around the post-recession curve and measure the mind-set of the buying public ........ continue the rest of the article here.Key points:~ Fifty-seven percent of the... Read More
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