Happy New Year! Welcome to the January edition of the JCK Insider. This editorially curated community newsletter breaks down the latest event news, trends, education, social and travel information in an easy to skim format. Read it here first and consider yourself a true insider.
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The Trend Set: 5 Styles to Spot at JCK Tucson
With the passing of the holiday season, it's time to start getting into the groove of spring and summer! Your shoppers will be looking for something to treat themselves (or someone else) this year, and there's great news: 2016 is going to offer a ton of self-purchase-perfect jewels. Brittany Siminitz, JCK's product maven gave us a JCK Tucson trend sneak peek─from the very collectible stacks and layers to the color that promises to make them all blush (in a good way!), set your eyes on these styles on the JCK Tucson show floor.
JCK's product maven Brittany Siminitz reports on the latest products and style trends. You can see Britt's latest picks on her blog, "On Your Market" on jckonline.com and regularly on more editions of this "Insider" newsletter.
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Discover What’s New and What’s Next
As we jump into a New Year, our minds are racing with excitement for what's to come at JCK Las Vegas 2016─proving to be THE destination to discover what's new and what's next in the fine jewelry market. JCK returns to the recently redesigned and expanded Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino for Las Vegas Jewelry Market Week, June 3-6, 2016.
Registration is now open and attendees can book hotel rooms at exclusively negotiated rates on 15 outstanding Las Vegas properties, all within a mile or two from the show.
In the upcoming months we'll be sharing show announcements, product trends and event details with you. But here are a few highlights we want to make you aware of NOW!
Mandalay Bay Convention Center expansion: The expansion of Bayside (Level 1) has given JCK the opportunity to further curate the show floor and place companies with similar product categories into their rightful neighborhood – ultimately making it easier for buyers to navigate the floor and find exactly what they are looking for. View 2016 show floor map. The remodel will also bring easier access to the show floor through a second entrance, more registration counters to minimize wait time, and 1,800 additional parking spots.
Neighborhood News for 2016: JCK has created a NEW neighborhood, The Bridge dedicated to on trend costume jewelry, grouped elite powerhouses LUXURY, Prestige and (new!) LUXURY Watch into an expanded ballroom and reimagined the Design Center by creating an Exhibitor Evolution Model where current exhibitors and new applicants will be vetted annually, vying for a spot in one of three exhibiting phases that showcase a designer's career (Kickstarter, Rising Star, Resident Design Center).
A New Destination for immediate delivery – JIS Exchange: JCK partnered with Jewelers International Showcase (JIS), and your JCK Las Vegas badge grants you access to JIS Exchange happening June 3-6, 2016 at the renovated Tropicana, Las Vegas. This is the NEW jewelry trade event that brings together the best of at-show delivery during Las Vegas Jewelry Market Week. Complimentary transportation provided to travel seamlessly between shows.
For more information on JCK Las Vegas visit jckonline.com/lasvegas.
Let’s give them something to talk about
2015 ended on a high note with social media milestones--the JCK Events Instagram account stayed busy serving up beautiful pieces in every jewelry lover’s feed and surpassed 10,000 followers! In addition, the launch of the JCK Insider blog provided a platform to get personal with influencers in our community, take readers behind the scenes, narrow in on designers of our time and talk jewelry essentials for vacation destinations.
Check out our top blog posts in 2015 below:
4. Design of the Times: Aaron Faber Gallery and Dana Bronfman. Every Monday, founder of Salt + Stone and our design ambassador Jacqueline Stone, dishes on designers of our time and uncovers their inspirations, what changes they wish to see in the industry and more. 2015 put the focus on JCK Tucson Design Center but don’t miss a beat as you will soon start to learn about those in the JCK Las Vegas Design Center. Discover Design of Times Series here
3. JCK Full Circle: Michael Pearson, Bremont. The JCK community is large but we all play an integral role in the other’s success -- everything comes full circle. It’s time we learn the fun stuff about the influencers in our industry. How would you describe your personal or jewelry style in 5 words or less? What’s the last item your splurged on? Pressures on and these influencers reveal on! Go Full Circle with a new influencer every Friday. Discover Full Circle Features here.
2. Ready, Set, Jet: JCK Vacation Journals: Yancy Weinrich’s trip to Montana. Once a month we take you on a mental vacation equipped with all the jewelry essentials to match. JCK Vacation Journals allows you to get to know people from our team, new destinations, and be inspired by our brand’s baubles. Spoiler Alert: Next journal we’re taking you on a Safari!
1. Behind the Scenes: Oscar Heyman visit. We went Behind the Scenes and got an inside look into the facilities and workshop of LUXURY and LUXURY Privé designer, Oscar Heyman. The brand has been crafting timeless pieces for 100+ years and everything starts and ends at their workshop in NYC.
One resolution for the New Year is to keep the conversation going. With JCK Tucson one month away, share how you are preparing for the jewelry industry’s winter oasis by using the hashtag #JCKTucsonBound
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Inspiring the Uncommon
Discover up-and-coming artists who exemplify the “uncommon” spirit of the jewelry industry. UncommonGoods partnered with JCK for the first time, and together are hosting a design challenge that will give the winning designer the opportunity to be a featured vendor on uncommongoods.com. Watch as the three finalists present their designs to a panel at JCK Tucson, February 4, at 3:00 pm.
Before heading to Tucson in 4 weeks, we sat down with Sharon Hitchcock, Jewelry Buyer at UncommonGoods, to get an inside scoop on UncommonGoods and the upcoming challenge:
Q: Describe the responsibilities of your role and how you got started at UncommonGoods?
SH: My primary responsibility is to find the best of the best; items that are unique and uncommon in the marketplace. As a buyer, I attend trade shows, craft fairs, and art fairs all over the US, looking for something I haven't seen before. I've been a huge fan of UncommonGoods for a long time, and was a vendor of theirs about 12 years ago! I have always admired UncommonGoods' commitment to serving as a platform for artists and designers. I joined the company nearly three years ago, and it truly has been an amazing experience.
Q: What is your favorite part about working there?
SH: I am really lucky to work with passionate and interesting people each day. We have such a wonderful team here – everyone is so collaborative, and we all learn from each other. I also love working with vendors and developing meaningful relationships with them. We've worked with many of our vendors for years, continuing to evolve and grow our businesses together.
Q: What makes UG unique in the online marketplace? How does UG stand out to consumers?
SH: The creations of our makers sets us apart. We've been serving as a platform for artists and designers since 1999, and we were one of the earliest online marketplaces to connect makers with shoppers looking for products with a story to tell through design. I think consumers also respect our long-lasting commitment to sustainability. We are a founding B Corporation, meaning our company has passed a comprehensive screening which evaluates us in areas such as our environmental practices and impacts on our local community. Business as a force for social good is central to our business. Not only do we work with our artists to use sustainable or recycled materials whenever possible, but we also choose environmentally friendlier packing materials and have developed relationships with several non-profit organizations through Better to Give, a program we created for our customers to choose a partner for us to donate $1 to with every order. Since we started the Better to Give program 12 years ago, we've donated over $1,000,000 to charities around the globe.
Q: How does JCK Tucson represent the UG designer?
SH: JCK is an industry leader, and it is so exciting to have this fresh focus on emerging talent at JCK Tucson. I think that aligns very well with what we do at UncommonGoods.
Q: Share with us the history behind the UG Challenge:
SH: JCK is not only an industry authority, but a design authority. Jewelry designers and retailers alike trust JCK because of its comprehensive coverage of style trends and industry news. When the opportunity was presented for us to partner with the JCK Events team on the UG Challenge for JCK Tucson we were totally game! We're always looking to develop new relationships with emerging designers, so we thought partnering with JCK would be a great way to identify uncommon designers who really take pride in materials and craftsmanship.
Q: What is one piece of insider advice you'd like to share to JCK Tucson exhibitors looking to participate in the UncommonGoods Design Challenge?
SH: Don't be shy about entering! It is such a joy to see something new and unexpected in jewelry design.
Q: What are you most looking forward to seeing and or doing at JCK Tucson?
SH: I can't wait to walk the show floor, see all of the creative designs, and meet as many of the designers as I can!
Up Close and Personal with JCK Tucson Designers
JCK Tucson is completely reimagined for 2016, with a higher caliber of talent and a strong focus on design. It is shaping up to be an event unlike any other, but don't take our word for it. See what these industry leaders have to say about the show and join us February 3-7, 2016 by registering now.
To read more about their stories and others, follow along every Monday on the Insider Blog.