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A group of eight designers, made up of current Rock Vault recipients and two graduates, will showcase their collections at Couture Las Vegas with Stephen Webster MBE.

Rock Vault is a jewellery initiative to support, showcase and promote Britain’s most innovative fine jewellery talent. Curated by Stephen Webster MBE, this unique showcasing initiative was established by the British Fashion Council (BFC) to nurture the creative fine jewellery talent based in London. It gives these designers the opportunity to further develop their businesses, as well as increasing their exposure amongst both UK and international media and retailers.

This is the fourth year that Stephen has taken designers from the initiative to Couture Las Vegas, where each year a Rock Vault designer has won one of the show’s coveted Design Awards.

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This year Stephen and the Rock Vault designers will once again showcase the incredible craftsmanship and creativity of the young talent that is at the heart of the British jewellery industry. Designers will exhibit in the Stephen Webster space in the LaTache Ballroom, at the heart of the show, demonstrating what makes British jewellery so laudable.

The designers who will be exhibiting at Couture Las Vegas for the first time this year are CompletedWorks, Lily Kamper, Rachel Boston and RUIFIER. Returning designers are Imogen Belfield (Rock Vault graduate), Jacqueline Cullen, Jordan Askill (Rock Vault graduate) and Shimell and Madden.

Caroline Rush CBE, chief executive officier of the British Fashion Council says: “Rock Vault has had such success at Couture from the very first visit, which is strong testament that the UK is looked to by the global jewellery industry as producing some of the most exciting new talent in the field. Stephen has been such a key part of making the BFC Rock Vault initiative so successful – Couture is an incredible platform and will really benefit the profile of the fantastic designers attending.’

Stephen Webster adds: “2016 is a very exciting year for Rock Vault. Due to the three year mentoring cycle, some years see more graduations than others. Last year Rock Vault graduates included some designers who had exhibited at Couture since we first introduced the platform to the show.

“Since that first year Rock Vault designers have featured as winners at each Couture Design Awards gala. This year with four new designers, none of whom have ever shown in the US, Rock Vault will be the place for retailers to come and discover the stars of tomorrow.  A new home in the LaTache Ballroom and loads of new talent will make sure Rock Vault is on everyone’s Couture calendar this year.”

Couture Las Vegas runs from Thursday June 2 to Monday June 6, and takes place in the Wynn Las Vegas hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard.

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The author Stacey Hailes

Editor, Professional Jeweller

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