NY Now Debuts Program for Rising Fine Jewelry Designers
The incubator’s inaugural 12 participants will receive mentorship ahead of launching in the Winter Market next year.
The Emerging Fine Jewelry Designer (EFJD) Incubator was developed to support rising talent by leveraging the strength of the Luxury Lifestyle section of the show, which was established during the Summer 2023 Market.
Participating designers receive access to strategically placed, turn-key exhibit space within Luxury Lifestyle, as well as ongoing mentorship, guidance, and support ahead of their exhibitions.
The first round of designers, who have already been selected for the program, will launch in the NY Now Winter Market, held at the Jacob Javits Center from Feb. 4-7, 2024, and will be eligible to participate in NY Now for three show cycles.
The 12 inaugural brands are Crevette Design Studio, Deborah Meyers Experience, Gwen Beloti, Hilary Finck Jewelry, I Seira, Karin Luvaas Jewelry, Kelsey Simmen, Lindsey L. Allen, Macadam, Rachel Jones Jewellery, Tasmin Rasor, and Universal Deco.
As part of their launch preparation, these designers will be supported by other seasoned brands exhibiting within Luxury Lifestyle.
“What sets NY Now apart is not merely [its] commitment to promote and strengthen businesses, but to foster the designer community as well,” said Elizabeth Kellin of long-time exhibiting brand, Dana Kellin.
“The show’s devotion to Luxury Lifestyle prioritizes innovation and ingenuity, the celebration of each designer, and their unique point of view. NY Now is not just a trade show: it’s a platform and launchpad that embraces individuality and supports the creative community.”
The group will also receive insights and mentorship from NY Now personnel including Morgan Amelia Miller, sales director for jewelry and accessories; Ashley Ciofrone, senior sales manager for jewelry and accessories; and Simone Waldron, luxury lifestyle curator.
The mentors said they recognize the importance of nurturing diverse new talent within the category and are excited to help bolster the careers and on-site experiences of the designers.
Emerging designers will also work with Liz Kantner and Robin Kramer, who spearheaded the EFJD Incubator program.
Kantner and Kramer are jewelry mentors and consultants with a combined 30-plus years of experience navigating the nuances of the designer fine jewelry market.
“We are both passionate about supporting emerging designers in the jewelry industry, so this opportunity feels like a dream for us,” Kantner and Kramer said.
“We’re excited to use our combined experience to help members of the Emerging Fine Jewelry Designer Incubator have a successful event, find footing in the NY Now marketplace and form a strong foundation on which to grow a vibrant and sustainable business.”
For more information on the NY Now Winter Market, visit the event’s website.
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