Archive for 2009

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
Jewelry Week in Las Vegas — Optimism was in everyone’s showcase
Posted on June 6, 2009
I heard more often than not, "We had a good show. We didn't expect much and so we are very, very pleased with what happened."What a relief.I'm not saying we're out of the woods yet -- but I am thinking we can see glimmers of light at the end of the forest. There were still those seeing no light but I am wondering if it's almost generational -- did these people resond to the market? Add new? Add lower-priced or better styled? I saw a lot of designers introduce silver. Or smaller. Or lighter. Or well-marketed.But the world won't look the same post-recession. The new luxury customer will be different than the old and we all have to adapt.Speaking of new behavior -- I was tweeting up a storm during the Couture show. And using facebook, too. If you... Read More
Jewelry Designers Who Blog — Who Does it Well?
Posted on May 9, 2009
I was asked recently to recommend some great blogs by jewelry designers - to show how it can be done in a good, entertaining, useful way.Thought I'd share my top picks:www.daniellemillerjewelry.blogspot.comwww.studiojeweler.blogspot.com (by Natasha Wozniak)www.pamelafroman.blogspot.comwww.wendyculpepperblog.comwww.amytavern.blogspot.comGot any others to nominate to my list?            These just in from readers: www.jeannejohngren.blogspot.comwww.gentrydesignco.typepad.com ... Read More
Three Times in Three Weeks Makes it a Super Trend — Agate Slices and Crystal Jewelry
Posted on May 6, 2009
Agate sliced jewelry layout in the May issue of O Magazine.Did you ever think it would be high fashion/in again? ... Read More
Inspired by Mother Earth – More Editorial for Drusy, Agate Slices and Raw Gems
Posted on May 5, 2009
Inspired by Mother Earth - Los Angeles Times. "Authentic more natural stones are the 'new bling,' " says Julie Gilhart, senior vice president and fashion director of Barneys New York. "There is a handmade craft and artisanal feel to them, which feels fresh and new." Devon Leigh earrings, $395 at www.devonleigh.com. Erickson Beamon necklace, $778 at Curve, Los Angeles; Irene Neuwirth necklace, $34,340 at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills; Manu rings, $175 each at Barneys Co-Op. ... Read More
Can Full Price Luxury Survive This Economy? Will Sample Sales Take Over?
Posted on May 4, 2009
Have you bought anything on one of the sample sale websites yet? http://www.Gilt.com http://www.Ruelala.com http://www.theOutnet.com http://www.editorscloset.com http://www.thetopsecret.com http://www.ideeli.com http://www.billiondollarbabes.com http://www.thesavvy.com More interestingly ... have you sold anything on them? In the past six months I have seen online sample sales for: Gurhan, Judith Ripka, Penny Preville, Kwiat, DiModolo, Ippolita, John Hardy, Temple St. Clair, Emily & Ashley, Leslie Greene, Heather Moore and dozens more.What impact does this quick-access online discount shopping for luxury goods have on the general retail scene? Will the high-end fashionable customer head into the stores more or less when the economy rebounds?We're fascinated by this... Read More
Loree Rodkin Looking to Sell — Being Known as Michelle Obama’s Jewelry of Choice Should be Lucrative
Posted on May 2, 2009
The Wall Street Journal reports that Loree Rodkin "has been telling friends that she would be willing to sell her company," Well-connected in Hollywood and rocker circles, she has jetted to widespread fame as a jewelry designer since becoming Michelle Obama's go-to jeweler. Now, Ms. Rodkin is ready to cash in, says the article. "Recession or no, the dream of selling one's brand lives on in the luxury business. Investors can offer designers the joys of creativity without the headaches of operations and can bankroll global expansions. Louis Vuitton made luggage and ran his company until his death in 1892, when he passed it on to his son George. But these days, who wants to labor as an artisan into old age?"... read the whole article at wsj.com ... Read More
Henri Bendel Focuses on Accessories
Recession Drains Fashion from Henri Bendel in NYC
Posted on May 1, 2009
Henri Bendel, is planning to stop selling clothes this summer and focus on accessories and beauty products as it struggles to lure shoppers during a prolonged recession, says a news report. "But Bendel, a division of Limited Brands, is changing its business model," reports today's New York Times,  "from the department store that was founded in 1895 to a more mall-like chain selling Bendel-branded beauty and gift items, like an $18 box of tea in the company’s signature brown-and-white stripes." [caption id="attachment_1632" align="aligncenter" width="280" caption="Henri Bendel Focuses on Accessories"][/caption]... Read More
A Million Little Pictures: 1,000 artists documenting 1,000 lives from around the world
Posted on April 24, 2009
Would be cool for a lot of them to be jewelry designers! Art House is looking for 1,000 people from around the world to receive 1000 disposable cameras. They'll mail the camera to you to document your life in 24 exposures and then you simply send us back the prints. Not only will we have the exhibition here in Atlanta, they will also travel to the city with the most participants.  The exhibition will be home to 24,000 photographs of 1,000 peoples lives all over the world. Sign up Deadline: July 1st 2009For more information on the project and to sign up, go to:     http://www.amillionlittlepictures.com ... Read More
NYC Mayor Declares "Sparkle Week" to boost Jewelry Sales
Greenwich Jewelers is Having a Designer Jewelry Auction Online for NYC Sparkle Week
Posted on April 23, 2009
What a great way to gain some attention and help out a good cause -- or three of them as the case is with NYC jeweler Greenwich Jewelers. And they're auctioning jewels from some of our favorite designers: Melissa Joy Manning, Dana David, Jamie Joseph, Suzanne Kalan and Toby Pomeroy. Bidding ends April 25th -- that's this Saturday so hurry! They are having a silent auction instore and bids are welcome via email, too, to raise money for: Dress For Success ( www.dressforsuccess.org ) Hope for Kai( www.hopeforkai.com ) Planned Parenthood ( www.plannedparenthood.org ) This event is in honor of "Sparkle Week" -- a week-long publicity campaign in NYC created by the National Jewelry Institute. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg issued the official proclamation on April 6... Read More