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Viva Las Vegas with Mark and Josette Patterson

Josette Patterson of Mark Patterson Jewelry was the first official “fan” of this blog. She emailed me out of the blue after one of my first posts complimenting me, and she makes a point to drop me a line whenever anything new is posted (incidentally, the feeling is mutual, I love Josette’s blog also!). As the saying goes, “flattery will get you…everywhere,” so when I realized what great taste Josette had in blogs, I decided it was high time we got to know each other better! Husband and wife team Mark and Josette Patterson established their design firm in 1986. In their own estimation, Mark brings his technical acumen to the table while¬†Josette brings the vision. In the brief time I’ve spent around both of them, it seems they have a very cool yin/yang dynamic and I have every intention of spending some more time with them at Couture this year. While dropping by their amazing storefront and work shop in Corona del Mar, California a few weeks ago, I already heard one hilarious story of Mark’s attempt to visit Josette in the Middle East; I’m sure there’s a plethora of similar tales I don’t want to miss out on!

We were in a bit of a rush to get back to Los Angeles when we stopped by (“we” being me and our VP of Marketing, Camille Candella), and after hanging out in the store for a few minutes, man were we bummed that we could hang out for days! They’ve established a very cool, laid back vibe where the jewelry is truly the hero, and a pop of color here and there is an unexpected and welcome surprise. Herein are some tips from this veteran couple on how to Viva Las Vegas, and some snapshots of their awesome space!

How many years have you been exhibiting at Couture?

JP: 18 years…times Couture fees plus expenses you do the math. Big Investment!

What’s your packing strategy?

JP: We bring everything from screw drivers to cutters to velcro to packing tape. We bring so many things that a couple of years ago we forgot to bring with us 30 one of kind pieces, I had to fly back and forth the same day after driving 4 hours to Vegas to have them on time for opening day.

What’s the strangest thing you bring with you?

JP: Tequila

Any tips for staying sane while in Vegas?

JP: 3.00PM Tequila shots.

Favorite Restaurant in Las Vegas?

JP: Bartolotta

Vegas Beauty Routine?

JP: None

Average number of hours you sleep in Las Vegas?

JP: 4 to 5 if we’re lucky

What are you most looking forward to this year?

JP: Meeting a new potential customer/retailer

What are you dreading this year?

JP: Missing JF and Babs Albert and their tequila stash living on from Steven Kretchmer

Signature cocktail?

JP: Dry Martini with green olives for Mark, although I eat the olives, and Vodka Gimlet for me, no drinks for pregnant Judy this year, too bad.

Signature candy?

JP: Dark Chocolate for all of us

Theme Song?

JP: “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC

Favorite Quote?

JP: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Albert Einstein

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Michelle Orman

Michelle Orman

Michelle Orman is the president of Last Word Communications, which spearheads the public relations for the COUTURE show. A 15+ year veteran of the COUTURE community, Michelle is obsessed with all things jewelry and watch related! To be included in COUTURE Musings, email Michelle at

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