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Scenes from 2010 AGTA Spectrum Awards
Posted on October 26, 2010
It was challenging to get good iPhone photos in the late afternoon light so if you want a good look at a lot of the winners see the AGTA Facebook page. Overall there was such great quality designs ... My lasting impressions were that there was a lot of fine gems, very few moonstones which made me sad since I love them so much, ditto labradorite which has been so trendy of late, big centerstone rings, some colored pave but less than a year or two ago... And more than a few outrageously expensive jewels that reminded me of the good old days! Overall, a great collection and I saw a lot of press taking notes. Also good to see. Pave diamond monkey brooch was one of the friendliest entries! This pearl ring is just perfect for someone -- bold and dramatic. Intense gem... Read More
Notes from Retail Camp: The Future Of Social Commerce
Posted on October 16, 2010
Wish I was able to attend this great seminar -- here's the highlights of the conversation from my point-of-view. See all points at What  Being “Social” Does For Fashion1.  Commerce is based on a consumer (people) driven economy; with retail, social is the underlying fabric, technology has facilitated that the two merge. With social commerce, personalization is key in this world now. Social media plays a big part in this. 3.  Consumers justify price with personalization. Brands can accomplish social successes through one-on-one connection with customers; it is imperative. By simply responding to a tweet, brands can easy do this.5. Companies shouldn’t allow one employee to become a Twitter star; give a brand’s Twitter... Read More
Neiman Marcus adds flash sales
Posted on October 13, 2010
It's all the rage and it seems no one will be left behind in the flash sale phenomenon. Neiman Marcus has added a flash sale -- called Midday Dash -- to it's retail mix via eblasts to loyal customers and available for just a few short hours. Read my recent blog post on the whole phenomenon if you want to see and understand all the players: reports: In the future, flash sales and email promotions to dedicated shoppers will likely become a staple of luxury brands online, because of their need to make shopping entertaining. Efforts such as Neiman Marcus’ sale on Friday are an attempt at innovation and a way to generate excitement. “This is eBay-ing it, if you will, and a lot of brands have adopted it online,” Mr. Pedraza, CEO of Luxury... Read More
Great idea for an odd problem — She said “it was in the box”
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Have you ever had a client say, upon receiving your shipment, "that ring wasn't in the box." It happens. Particularly when you ship an order to a wholesale account and there are many items to the order. And then they claim one wasn't included. You know you added it so the error must be in their unpacking. How to prove the mistake wasn't in the shipping but in the receiving? The best advice we'd gotten is do what the big boys do and have a video camera in your shipping room. But what if you aren't that big? And don't have a designated room? We came across this wearable video camera and thought that this would be a great use for jewelers. Just put the camera on your ear as you (or staff) pack your shipments to guarantee what you've put into... Read More
Location-Based Networks Are Changing Fashion Marketing in 2010
Posted on October 12, 2010
Things are moving fast and many fashion houses are experimenting with new ways of reaching, and embracing, their customers.  Location-based networks like Foursquare and Gowalla have been used to launch new products, reward visitors and drive traffic to new stores. Facebook is popular for new launches as well as brand campaigns -- Marc Jacobs' new fragrance Bang got it's own facebook application and encouraged people to "bang" their friends to win prizes. Read more of these new tricks and tools on's blog post: How the Web Is Changing Fashion Marketing in 2010. ... Read More
Ever see a Bat Mitzvah crowd surf?
Posted on October 8, 2010
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Will we ever shop full price again? Online flash sales, sample sales, group couponing and more are changing the retail landscape
Posted on September 21, 2010
[warning! this is a LONG post but it contains a ton of info and links] I just have to ask -- does anyone pay full retail anymore? I'm a long time discount hunter; I've stood in line for NYC sample sales, regularly visit TJMaxx/Daffy's/Century 21 and once endured a dozen cab rides around Hong Kong and Kowloon just to visit each Donna Karan factory outlet when I heard there was more than one! But I schlepp no longer, of course, now that I've got an internet connection. First there was searching designer labels on ebay. Then the odd discount code and web-only sales. And then in Nov. 2007 was born. Credited with being the first members-only online sample sale (or Flash Sale) site --- it was modeled after the French site --  within... Read More designers at the NYIGift Fair this week!
Posted on August 15, 2010
Many members of are showcasing their jewelry at the NY Gift Show this week... stop by to see great trends and new products for holiday 2010.Or see them online at -- our new site that brings you the world of designers in one place.Here's a sampling:David Tishbi booth #9463 in the new handmade section in the new pavilion wing-- sterling with blackened or gold accents. There's always a lot to choose from. Just Jules booth #9538 in the new handmade section.  This is your resource for redesigned antique lockets with a modern flair. Her designs are one-of-a-kind and light and lovely. Clients really go for her romantic spin on classics. Ann Sportun booth #9326 in the new handmade section.  Soft, sweet... Read More
GK Designs Debuts “Wrap the Gulf in Beauty” Bracelets to Support Clean Up Efforts
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This is the year of the wrist. Every trendsetter is sporting a stack of bracelets, and Georgianna Koulianos of GK Designs is no exception. But her bracelets are different. They will have an impact that will outlast any trend because georgianna is donating the proceeds from the sale of her "Wrap the Gulf in Beauty" silk wrap bracelets to Voice of the Wetlands, a charity that focuses on saving the Wetlands following the Gulf oil spill.GK Designs will debut these and a full collection of silk wrap bracelets at the New York International Gift Show at the Javits Center starting Sat. August 14th and ending Thursday, August 19, 2010. Proceeds from the specially themed "Wrap the Gulf in Beauty" bracelets -- blue silk with a star fish charm and green silk with a... Read More
What Would You do with a Custom Corporate Tune?
Posted on July 10, 2010
Just read this on the HARO newsletter: You can get a custom song createdfor yourself or have a song written as a gift or company promotion. It's all through MusikPitch, a new service launched out of Nashville. MusikPitch allows anyone seeking custom songs or music to crowdsource songwriters around the world - best of all, you decide the price you pay! Way it works - Launch a song contest for the songs or music you need, set the prize amount that you are willing to pay and then listen to all the songs as they come in from competing songwriters. Also, if you write poetry or lyrics, you can post the lyrics and run a contestwhere songwriters can compete to make a song from the lyrics. Think of using the custom tune as your telephone hold music, as the backdrop to... Read More