International Jewellery London has announced the ten new designers chosen for the 2017 IJL KickStart initiative.
All ten will exhibit under the KickStart umbrella at this year’s show. This annual mentoring programme is in its ninth year.
The scheme includes this year the newly titled ‘Industry’s Choice’ award, which will reward one KickStarter with a complementary stand in 2018.
Voted by the industry and awarded at the discretion of the IJL and NAJ – this social media competition invites the industry to choose the KickStarter who they believe is the one to watch.
The winning designer will be announced at the show. Voting will open on 29 June.
In addition, all the 2017 KickStarters will take part in a specially tailored one-day workshop in June, culminating in a small, exclusive VIP event for the industry and media in the early evening.
IJL Show Director, Sam Willoughby said: “These KickStart designers are on-trend, showing exceptional creative flair, and are to be congratulated on their success in being chosen.
“They are a very innovative group who I know will all benefit from this unique commercial launch pad. I am also sure many will go on to become familiar names in the industry – as many of their renowned KickStart predecessors have done, including Imogen Belfield, Clarice Price Thomas, Claire English and Kristjan Eyjolfsson, to name but a few.”
Lindsey Straughton, NAJ Jewellery Industry Promotions Ambassador, added: “It gives me great pleasure to be involved in the selection and mentoring of this year’s ten debuting designers via the KickStart initiative. They have been chosen for their fresh, on-trend, commercially viable designs alongside the ever popular IJL Designer Gallery.”
The 2017 KickStart line-up revealed:
Farrah Al-Dujaili, Oddical
Lucy Spink Jewellery
Ana Simoes, Muscari Jewellery
Find out more about KickStart and the Industry Choice Award directly at: www.jewellerylondon.com/kickstart