Welcome to the November 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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Cutting Edge Collective
Looking for innovative pieces to capture the hearts of your design-loving, modern, dialed-in clientele? JCK has you covered. The proof is in the unique materials, processes, finishes, and mechanisms featured in the forward-thinking jewelry collections that line our show floor. Prepare to delve into the future.....
Updates from the Strip
Mandalay Bay Upgrades + Dining with a View Atop the Delano
Mandalay Bay Guest Rooms and Suites Redesigned
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino unveiled its newly designed guest rooms and suites. The campus is in the final phase of its resort-wide transformation with the upcoming redesign of more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites.
Featuring bright, natural designs and color palettes with modern furnishings, the new rooms will offer comfortable spaces ideal for guests in search of a retreat during their stay. Splashes of texture and color have been carefully integrated into lush fabrics and warm curtain patterns to create a bright and airy atmosphere. The $108 million remodel includes more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2016 just in time for JCK! JCK Las Vegas hotel reservations will be available by the second week of December 2015.
Stunning Views and Cuisine at the Delano's New Rivea and Skyfall Lounge
Alain Ducasse, one of the world's most influential chefs has opened Rivea and Skyfall Lounge at Delano Las Vegas. Rivea – inspired by the casual elegance of the Mediterranean coast – and Skyfall Lounge – a sophisticated nightlife concept – will sit high atop the stunning resort.
Influenced by the delectable food markets of Provence and Italy, Alain Ducasse and Rivea Executive Chef Bruno Riou's menu will focus on simple, fresh Mediterranean flavors made with the best West Coast-sourced seasonal ingredients.
Skyfall Lounge, located adjacent to Rivea, will offer 180-degree views of the city along with an evolving nightlife experience that gradually increases in tempo as the night progresses. The warm and inviting space will make it possible for guests to sip a glass of Champagne while watching the desert sunset or to dance the night away as DJs spin upbeat house and dance music in the vibrant space from 10 p.m. to close.
The contemporary, theatre-style space, will offer multiple levels creating optimal views of the sparkling Vegas skyline from every seat in the room, while an expansive outdoor patio will offer a relaxing, fresh-air escape. Seating islands surrounding the centrally located dance floor create semi-private retreats for conversation and taking in unobstructed views of the Vegas skyline. Perhaps a new jewelry industry late night hot spot during JCK?
For more information on JCK Las Vegas visit http://www.jckonline.com/lasvegas.
Check-in with digital guru, Ben Smithee
After his amazing presentation during the inaugural LUXURY Miami, we got a chance to sit down with our digital guru and friend, Ben Smithee to find out more about how he successfully became the CEO of his own business and discovered his love for the jewelry world.
Check out what the JCK Talks participant had to say below, and view the full video gallery of the JCK Talks sessions.
1. How did you get started in the digital marketing and brand world?
I started working in the pharmaceutical marketing research industry after college. I quickly became interested in the consumer research industry and came up with the idea for SPYCH, my first consultancy. I built the company around the focus on the younger consumer generation and the digital world that was quickly evolving. While people were calling social media a “fad” I began to speak on the topic around the world, regarding its future impact on the marketing and advertising industry. When I started TSG I wanted to be able to leverage my experience working with some of the biggest brands in the world to help newer and smaller brands think bigger. Additionally, I knew that the work I have done with startups and helping to architect new brands was equally valuable to helping bigger brands think “smaller” and more focused on the Millennial and Gen Z consumer.
2. What was your first keynote speaking event? Were you nervous?
My first speaking engagement was in Morocco, presenting work I did for the Ad Council on a program called “That's Not Cool” dealing with digital abuse in the teen market. It was supposed to be a group presentation, but I was the only one that was able to make the trip, so I presented by myself. I was blessed to be highest-rated speaker from the conference. I have never really been nervous for speaking engagements, because I'm comfortable with performing from my HS and college days playing music. Playing jazz and improvising on stage really set the stage for my success as a speaker, and I give a great deal of credit to my long-time friend and mentor, Tim Ishii from the University of Texas at Arlington.
3. How did you get involved in the jewelry industry?
Well, I actually kind of fell into it. I was doing work with a really tremendous group of brands throughout the various consumer goods companies and I got a call from the largest fine jewelry retailer in the industry to work with them and their brand on several consulting and insights projects. From there I was asked to speak to the WJA and picked up several more clients from the mining, manufacturing, design and retail side and it was kind of “off to the races” so to speak. It's been amazing. I LOVE the industry and the people in it. The family nature of the business, the tipping point of great change, the passion, the beauty – its all absolutely amazing!
4. What is your favorite part of your job?
Hands—down, it is helping business owners and leaders evolve their business. Speaking in front of audiences is an adrenaline rush, but getting my hands dirty and really causing growth and change in a business is what I love. Seeing a business succeed in a changing world is amazing.
5. What is the hardest thing to overcome when taking your company to the digital world?
It really is two specific things. One, is the knowledge gap that many have to overcome. I spend the majority of my time with clients in the beginning giving them the best knowledge around what they really should and shouldn't be doing. There is so much *BS out there right now and fluff that gets people overwhelmed. People are still people, we still consumer things based on our wants and needs and the digital age hasn't changed that. It simply has provided a new set of really powerful opportunities for brands. Education is everything and I pride myself on first providing a sound set of knowledge – which can be tough for some people because it is so much info. Second, it is simply discipline. Every change requires discipline. It requires new processes, new budgeting, new resources, new thinking and new cultures. That is really hard to do in many companies, because we don't like to mess with things that are not completely “broke.” But, the companies that commit to that culture shift and new discipline, and apply the knowledge I give to them end up being successful.
6. If you had a tip for anyone looking to grow their brand/company, what would it be?
Embrace digital. The digital world and social web provide so much opportunity for brands both big and small to reach consumers. The ability to form relationships, which ultimately drive transactions is priceless. We have the ability to be closer to consumers than we ever have, and its the brand that take advantage of the digital proximity that will “win.” Seek great advice, be open to cultural change, and be ready for some growing pains.
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First Edition of JCK Full Circle with Jacqueline Stone
Welcome to the first edition of JCK Full Circle where JCK gives you the inside scoop on leading influencer's in the JCK community and industry at large. Each week, we'll introduce a new jewelry influencer who will describe their day in numbers and reveal on topics like last item they splurged on, something they can't live without, what inspires them, and much more!
For our first feature, we go Full Circle with Jacqueline Stone, founder and lead designer of Salt + Stone, and newly appointed Design Ambassador for JCK Las Vegas and JCK Tucson Design Centers.
- What is the last item you splurged on? My Frye tall dark brown riding boots. Most money I've spent on shoes in a while, but totally worth it.
- What Fall 2015 Trend do you love most? I love that plaid is making a huge comeback, but not in a grunge 90s way. I'm currently obsessed with the Hunter shirt from Rails. I also love the 70s vibe with the long slim chains and charm pendants that hang low, how brooches are making a comeback and I'm loving all the geometrics hitting the jewelry scene. Right now probably my all time favorite is Shimmel and Madden.
- First word that comes to mind when you think of JCK? Excellence
- Where does your inspiration come from? Mother nature, art, animals, science, love stories and gemstones.
- Describe your style in five words or less. Classic, earthy, organic, timeless, dynamic.
Jackie's Day in Numbers:
1 Run to the Diamond District
0 Causes for complaint
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Next stop: JCK Tucson
While our team is all about fall fashion (layering clothes, new boots, scarves) and seasonal food and drink favorites (Pumpkin Spice Latte) ─we are not looking forward to the colder winter months that lie ahead. With Tucson on the horizon (just 13 weeks away!) we are already daydreaming of our warmer winter getaway (avg. Tucson temp in Feb = 65 degrees)!
The 2016 JCK Tucson event is a revised concept befitting to the environment at the picturesque JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa and unlike any other in the jewelry industry. The design ballroom will featured a collection of designers displaying their eclectic collections, crafted with the utmost integrity each representing their own individual aesthetic. The second ballroom will include loose gemstones and mountings.
Earlier this week JCK Tucson announced a number of exciting additions! In case you missed it:
- UncommonGoods Challenge – JCK has teamed up with UncommonGoods to invite Tucson exhibitors to enter their jewelry designs in the hopes of winning a coveted contract with the fast-growing, handmade-luxe e-tailer. Finalist will be determined pre-show and winners will be determined on-site.
- “Inside the Designers Studio” with Todd Reed and Sarah Graham on Wednesday
- “Sharing the Rough” Film Premier – The documentary chronicles the journey of a single gemstone from the mine in East Africa to a piece of finished jewelry. The event, in addition to featuring a Q&A with the film’s director, writer, and producer, Orin J. Mazzoni, III, will take place Friday under the star-lit sky.
In addition to these headlining events and treasure hunting for the best baubles, the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa will host morning hikes, sunset tequila toasts, and evening conversations (rumor has it you can order s’mores!) around the fire pits. February is sounding pretty good now isn’t it?
Find out more on JCK Tucson, register and book your hotel room at jckonline.com/Tucson.