MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America) and JA New York have teamed up to provide designer-focused events at the upcoming JA New York show! Each of these events is free, and provides benefits from mentoring to manufacturing tours to hearing directly from retailers what they look for in a collection!
"Designer jewelry represents the best direction for the future of the jewelry industry. So we must create the conditions to support the jewelry design community and help them be successful." Andrea Hill
JA Show Tour and Designer Mentoring
This is your opportunity to learn more about exhibiting at JA. Liz Kantner, designer section curator for JANY, will lead the tour. When the tour is over, you'll retire to the Designer Lounge, where Liz will be joined by Andrea Hill, owner of Hill Management Group and Designer Advocate for MJSA, and Tracy Matthews of Flourish & Thrive. There, Liz, Andrea, and Tracy will answer all your questions about preparing for trade shows, being in trade shows . . . or whatever else you want to ask about being a successful Jewelry Designer Business!
Casting Facility and Workshop Tour
Cindy Edelstein originated these workshop tours many years ago, and we want to continue the tradition in her honor and for your benefit.
Andrea Hill and Raymond Hakimi will take you on an MJSA-sponsored tour of Carrera Casting in the jewelry district in Manhattan. This is an opportunity to gain insight about outsourcing your jewelry designs to manufacturing partners. Throughout the tour we will answer all your production questions.
The Big Pitch
This event was created by Cindy Edelstein several years ago to get designers in front of retailers. Designers pitch their collection to a panel of retailers and editors, as well as answer questions that give retail buyers insight into each designer's creative process. You are invited to come observe and learn from your designer peers and the retailers you want to sell to!
We hope you'll join us for one — or all! — of these free events for jewelry designers. We know it's hard to be in business for yourself, and we believe we can make it just a bit easier by providing events and opportunities like these. The more you learn, the better you will be at running your business! And when you learn in the company of a vibrant and sharing community, it's that much better. See you in New York!