On behalf of myself and the entire JA New York team, we would like to thank all who were able to join us for our 2018 JA New York Summer show. The demand for exceptional jewelry makers is high and JA New York once again rose to the occasion. Attendance remained strong as sought after domestic and international retailers lined the show floor developing new business relationships, cultivating valuable networking opportunities and gathering useful tips from our educational seminar series.
To celebrate the opening of the show, JA New York hosted a lovely rooftop Jewelry and Cocktail party at Studio 450, with our long-time partners Jewelers of America. Cocktails flowed along with the conversation, as some lucky designers got to present their collections to our special VIP guests.
The New Designer Gallery featured a collective of fresh talent from the US to Canada, thanks to our Gallery Curator Liz Kantner. Kathleen Sleigh of Darsana, walked away with the 2018 Mort Abelson Award for her unique jewelry designs featuring sliced antique mirrors. Additionally, each designer took turns pitching their collections to four industry giants during our ‘Big Pitch’ panel, where they received key tips and knowledge on how they could take their brands to the next level.
Our Hosted Buyer Program continues to grow and fulfill its mission to not only invite serious retailers to attend JA New York, but to host them with top amenities and make their buying experience a little more seamless.
As we all continue to push the industry forward, JA New York is also focused on how we can continue this upward trajectory. Please don’t be shy and take time to provide feedback through the survey we sent out last week; we want to hear from you!
We look forward to seeing you at upcoming industry events and of course, the JA New York Fall Show, Oct 28 -30. Registration Open Now!!!