Tomasz Donocik and Baccarat scoop CMJ awards

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London-based designer and Parisian brand singled out by retailers.

Tomasz Donocik and Baccarat scooped awards at the Company of Master Jewellers’ (CMJ) buying event last week, with Donocik being awarded Best Designer Collection at the show and Baccarat winning the mantle of Most Impressive Stand.

The awards were voted for by retailers attending the CMJ’s two-day buyers meeting in Birmingham last week.

Donocik picked up his award at the event’s gala dinner on the Sunday night of the show, beating fellow shortlisted designers Alexis Dove, Fei Liu and Sarah Jordan. CMJ executive Sarah Carpin said: “Tomasz won the vote because of the outstanding quality of his new collection. His new fine jewellery collection combines edgy sophistication and finesse, while his silver ranges, especially his leather, silver and hematite cuffs, have huge commercial potential.”

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Donicik expressed his surprised and pleasure to win the trophy and said the weekend’s trade event was a success for his brand. He added: “I have exhibited at the CMJ shows before, but this weekend I’ve had more positive feedback and potential orders than I’ve ever seen before.”

Baccarat was the winner of The CMJ’s Most Impressive Stand, from a shortlist that included Gc watches, Clogau and Seiko. Baccarat was chosen for its sophisticated stand design that showcased the Parisian brand’s collection of crystal jewellery. Carpin said: “Baccarat is a perfect example of jewellery that needs to be seen in the context of what the Baccarat brand represents. And this stand shows this off to its maximum potential in what is a relatively small space.”

This latest CMJ Spring trade event, held at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole on March 13th to 14th, was the group’s largest to date and saw the launch of a new stand scheme. Overall attendance at the two-day event topped 600 and included a gala dinner for over 400 people on the Sunday evening.

The CMJ has more than 120 members representing 250 shops across the UK and Ireland.

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