Hot 100 NexGems Q&A: Alice Cicolini

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On conquering international retail following her Hot 100 accolade.

In a series of Q&As with the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2013 NexGems, we find out what came next for this savvy set of designers since they were chosen as ones to watch in our annual jewellery industry celebration. Fine jeweller Alice Cicolini has become part of Rock Vault line-up at London Fashion Week, wowing with mixed-media jewels featuring pop-colour enamels. She discusses being named a brand to watch, collaborating with jewellery brands and retailers, and winning stockists across the world.

Professional Jeweller: You were selected as a Professional Jeweller Hot 100 NexGem 2013 – what did this mean for your business?
Alice Cicolini: The award was really important to me personally; it was a mark of support from the jewellery industry which has really given me a boost at exactly the right time for my business. It was proved really helpful in terms of my relationship with suppliers as well as partners, in that it’s given people a confidence in the brand as one to watch.

PJ: Tell us about the time since you were given the Hot 100 accolade – how has business developed?
AC
: So many great opportunities have come about since. I was also accepted to be part of Rock Vault, Stephen Webster’s initiative at London Fashion Week, and the combination of the two accolades has had a huge impact on the kind of stockists I have been able to approach and the number and kind of commissions I’m getting – both private and own-label work for other companies. I have also launched a designer collection for luxury jeweller and pearl specialist Winterson, for whom I have since designed a collection of rings. I have also just returned from Geneva where I had my first solo show, hosted at Galerie Tactile, the city’s premier independent jewellery boutique. My work has been shown at Fortnum & Mason, The V&A, and at Sotheby’s with Janice Blackburn and others. My agents, Touba, took me on just after the NexGem award, and with them I’ve been able to show in Paris for both menswear and womenswear, which has resulted in some exciting overseas stockists including Alara, David Adjaye & Duru Olowu’s project in Lagos, and The Shop at Soho House Berlin. I’ve also launched a new collection called Memphis, which is selling really well. It’s made entirely in the UK and is made only in Fairtrade metals.

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PJ: Any exciting projects in the pipeline or new collections? If so, what can we expect next?
AC: I will launch with two of the UK’s most respected fashion retailers this summer, which is extremely exciting – more on that to follow! I am also about to launch a collection with a new Parisian company, again launching this July. I’m currently working on a film project that will have a big impact on the brand profile, and am heading off to Couture with Rock Vault at the end of May. I also have two new collaborations in the pipeline – one with the Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan and the other with a cult car company called The Paintbox. In July, I launch permanently at Bungalow 8 in Mumbai, something I’m really looking forward to. [Being in India] will be like going home.

To discover the designers, retailers and business persons selected for the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 2013, click here.

To browse the digital edition of the Hot 100 Book online, click here.
 

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