Attire Accessories - Dec 2017/Jan 2018 (Issue 67)

ATTIRE 43 IJL Shining bright Fresh collections from more than 500 designers and brands from 43 countries were showcased at IJL 2017, including 184 new exhibitors, international suppliers and manufacturers.The best of British participated alongside global household names, sharing the exhibition space with a whole host of new show sectors and features.These included not only the very popular Retail Experience and Jewellery LIVE! areas, but also the revitalised seminar programme. All initiatives visibly demonstrated the importance of both contemporary and traditional jewellery making skills. New areas like the Watch Lounge, Lifestyle Launchpad, Precious Gems Quarter and International Pavilions from ‘Made in Russia,’ Hong Kong and Sri Lanka also provided plenty to explore and discover from the UK and abroad. As part of providing exhibitors with year-round support, IJL launched its one- day, free-to-attend Summer Masterclass in June, designed to help exhibitors pre-plan their show, learn from inspiring industry leaders and get the most out of networking, PR and marketing opportunities. Feedback from attendees at the show was very positive, confirming that it had truly enhanced their show experience. First-time exhibitor Rachel Whitehead explained, “IJL 2017 was my first-ever trade show and the generous feed of knowledge and experience the organisers and press provided really helped me plan and execute my launch.The clever merchandising tips and know-how were invaluable.” Flora Bhattachary, jewellery designer, founder of Flora Bhattachary Fine Jewellery and ex-IJL KickStarter, added, “This one-day Masterclass really helped me pre-plan my show approach far more calmly.The bullet points of What to Do When were so helpful.” Second-time exhibitor and Editors’ Choice winner for Technical Trailblazer, Susi Smither, founder and designer of The Rock Hound agreed, “I loved the Master Class! It gave me new ideas, which in turn gave me extra confidence when approaching customers at the show. It was also great getting to know the IJL family.” Event Director, Sam Willoughby – who was celebrating her last edition of IJL – had the final word, saying, “Exhibiting at IJL is not just three days – it’s a 365-day experience for exhibitors. We really do go the extra mile to create a first-class event for the industry as a whole – exhibitors and visitors – and are incredibly grateful to our amazing line-up of industry luminaries, including Stephen Webster and Shaun Leane, who helped make that possible. Our thanks go to the industry press, consumer press, TV crews and bloggers who all came to the show and helped spread the IJL message to a vast audience.Thank you everyone, and we do hope you all had a really successful show!” For up-to-date news and information on IJL’s 2018 show, visit IJL 2017 marked another successful year for the jewellery industry In brief Show: IJL Venue: Olympia, London Dates: 2 nd - 4 th September, 2018 Website: Twitter: @jewellerylondon IJL 2017 award winners Exhibitor of the Year Insignety | Show Stopper Nadine Aysoy | Visual Excellence Les Georgettes | Designer toWatch Oddical | Technical TrailblazerThe Rock Hound | Creative Individuality Isabella Liu | Creative Mastermind Franco Florenzi | A