Trend forecasting agency offers subscription prize worth $7,500.
Trend forecasting agency Stylesight has announced that it will present a special award to a KickStart designer at International Jewellery London this year.
Named the KickStart Trend Award, the winning designer will receive a prize of a year’s subscription to the Stylesight trend service, worth $7,500.
The agency provides content, tools and technology for creative professionals in the style and design industries, combining accurate forecasting and expert trend research with cutting edge technology.
It will provide a valuable creative platform for the IJL KickStart designer selected for the special award.
KickStart, which is supported by the British Jewellers’ Association, is a bursary scheme for talented new designers who are selected to exhibit on a group stand at leading jewellery trade show IJL.
Speaking about the new award, Syreeta Tranfield, IJL co-director said: “KickStart provides a commercial launch pad for ten promising designers, all selected to exhibit within the Design Gallery at the show.
Taking part in the KickStart initiative is already a fantastic opportunity and this is another great benefit for the winning designer. The KickStart designers tend to be very creative, forward-thinking and trend-aware, so I think it will be an invaluable tool for the winning designer.”
Claire Foster, accessories editor at Stylesight, will be on the award panel. She said: " I am excited to be a part of the IJL event, which we highlight within our site as one of the most progressive platforms for jewellery designers to showcase their collections to the press and the international jewellery industry.
“I was honoured to be asked to sit on the panel for this new award, and can’t wait to see the work and meet the designers. Championing new talent and highlighting innovative and unique design is integral in my day-to-day and I’m sure this occasion will be the perfect opportunity to add my voice to the panel of professionals.
As a designer I would have found Stylesight access an immeasurable benefit to my work, and I’m sure that the winner of the prize will feel the same. As a company, and personally, I am delighted that we can offer this additional prize."