Stephen Webster hand-picks 10 jewellers to kick-start BFC Rock Vault.
British jeweller Stephen Webster has teamed up with the British Fashion Council (BFC) to create a new initiative to support, showcase and promote the UK’s jewellery design talent at London Fashion Week (LFW).
The BFC Rock Vault, which is sponsored by the International Palladium Board (IPB), will launch during LFW next month, which runs from February 17 to 21 at London’s Somerset House.
Webster headed up a panel of judges who have selected the following 10 jewellers to kick-start the initiative: Hannah Martin, Tomasz Donocik, Hillier, Jordan Askill, Alexandra Jefford, Fernando Jorge, Husam El Odeh, Jo Hayes Ward, Melanie Georgacopoulos and Sophie Bille Brahe.
The panel also included representatives from the BFC, IPB, Central Saint Martins, Vogue, Grazia and retail buyers including Jos Skeates from London jeweller EC One, as well as buyers working at Liberty, Matches and Browns.
Webster said: “As a London jewellery designer and a craftsman, it gives me great pleasure to be curating Rock Vault, an area dedicated for the first time to the rising stars of the UK jewellery industry under the umbrella of the BFC. Together with a panel of experts, we have selected what we believe to be the best representation of young talent.
"Over the last 10 years, jewellery has become an integral part of both men and woman’s wardrobe. This meteoric rise has meant jewellery designers have been crying out for inclusion within the established fashion platforms. Rock Vault finally offers such an opportunity. We are all very excited to realise this vision.”
The designers will be awarded support to create unique installations and they will receive business mentoring support.
The BFC Rock Vault will also showcase the work of student designers from Central Saint Martins. Five concepts, made using palladium, will be shown alongside the work of the more established designers.
IPB chairman Brad Mills said: “We are proud to support London Fashion Week. This partnership opens a series of projects entitled Palladium Visions, which we will undertake in 2012 with some of the world’s most visionary designers, artists and jewellers to promote Palladium as the must-have, contemporary precious metal of the future.”