IJL KickStarters to return to 2012 show solo

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Claire English, Mirpuri and Abagail Stradling confirm attendance.

Claire English, Mirpuri and Abagail Stradling are set to return to International Jewellery London in their own right in 2012 after having exhibited at the September trade show for the first time last year as part of KickStart, an IJL initiative that acts as a launch pad for new designers.

Supported by the BJA, each year designers are selected to be KickStarters, launching themselves as commercial goldsmiths or designer-makers and allowing retailers to source products from the best new design talent of 2011.

Stradling said: “IJL far exceeded my expectations in every way, from the levels of press interest and new friends and contacts in the trade, to the volume of orders generated. As a result of KickStart I have about 10 new stockists; a great mix of retail jewellers and craft galleries across the UK. I am already excited about IJL 2012. I am looking forward to planning my stand, greeting new friends and clients and presenting the development of my collections. IJL 2011 really was a turning point in my business and I cannot wait to show how this success has strengthened my brand”

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IJL has revealed that it is already sold 70% of space at its 2012 exhibition.

The list of exhibitors for the 2012 show, which will run from September 2 to 5, includes a number of companies who have not exhibited at the show for a number of year, such as Cavendish which last exhibited at IJL in 2008 and Vibe Watches, which is returning to the show after a 9-year absence.

There will also be first-time exhibitors at the show, including H. Azeem, a new silver jewellery designer who is a banker by day and jeweller by night.

IJL event director Syreeta Tranfield said: “From the feedback we received, we knew the 2011 show went very well – and this is also clear from the high number of rebooked exhibitors for 2012. Alongside this, we have confirmed participation of new designers and brands, some of which will be launching to the industry for the first time. The 57th edition of IJL will of course be complimented by the popular seminar programme as well as other exciting features and highlights.”

 

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