Influential and like-minded British jewellery designers and professionals have come together as a collective dubbed The Leopards.
Established in 2016 by Solange Azagury-Partridge, Shaun Leane, Susan Farmer, Theo Fennell, Stephen Webster and Carol Woolton, The Leopards’ ambition is to “preserve the expertise, innovation and design excellence established over the past seven centuries and to identity, nurture and promote new and exciting talent, critical to its future.”
Now the group have launched the Leopards’ Awards in Celebration of Jewellery and The Leopards’ Prince’s Trust Mentoring Programme.
The inaugural intimate black-tie dinner and awards ceremony will take place in the Livery Hall at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London on November 15 2017 in aid of The Prince’s Trust. Sponsored by British Vogue, he event will celebrate creativity and craftsmanship, honouring the wonder and desire that jewellery inspires in film, fashion and art, with profits from the evening being donated to the Prince’s Trust.
Esteemed guests will enjoy a champagne reception and three course meal in the grand banqueting hall. Dinner will be followed by the presentation of four awards and a performance by one of Britain’s best-loved comedians.
The Leopards are also partnering with The Prince’s Trust to offer an apprenticeship programme and unique mentorship opportunity to guide and encourage young people into the jewellery industry.
The programme will give young craftspeople and budding jewellery designers the opportunity to train in the workshops and studios of The London Leopards. The winning designs will be produced under the guidance of the Leopards and sold at their own stores where proceeds will be donated to The Prince’s Trust.