Gecko is celebrating the success of its debut Open House event (June 28-29), which welcomed retailers, press and the wider WB The Creative Jewellery Group employees to its headquarters in Essex.
WB The Creative Jewellery Group founder and National Association of Jewellers president Patrick Fuller welcomed guests to the Witham site, while managing director Andrew Morton and sales director Richard Cox were on-hand to show guests round the site and explain upcoming launches and events for the company.
Two seminars were on offer during the event, including an informative talk by Fiona Pluck, Gecko’s head of quality control and operations manager, Ruth Johnson, discussing everything from the company’s recent RJC certification to the scaling down of suppliers in Asia.
At the event it was revealed that Gecko has reduced its number of international suppliers from 50 to around 27, ensuring greater levels of quality, compliance and ethics in its supply chain. Pluck also explained that Gecko travel to its overseas suppliers at least once a year, resulting in 15 to 20 annual trips abroad to ensure the highest possible standards are met.
The second seminar of the day was delivered by Desiree Pringle – Gecko’s recently instated creative director – and head of design Hannah Trickett, who outlined the trends for the company’s AW15/16 collections across Fred Bennett, Fiorelli, D for Diamond, Elements Silver, Elements Gold and Beginnings.
More information about Gecko’s Open House event will be available in the August issue of Professional Jeweller.