While many in our community use the summer months for trunk shows, in-store events and vacations to restore those creative juices, plenty more flock to New York City to participate in New York Jewelry Market Week. As always, we loved seeing so many of our COUTURE brands on the show floor of the JA New York show. Joining long-time brands such Anzie, Erica Molinari, Gumuchian, Just Jules, Monica Rich Kosann, Sutra and Zaiken, we were also thrilled to welcome returning and first time brands such as Carelle, OMI Prive, Suzy Landa and Syna.
Another highlight of the week was our most recent rendition of The Big Pitch! We were delighted with our panelists, who graciously donated their time to give feedback to 10 aspiring designers. Chad Berg, Scot Congress, Marion Fasel, Meaghan Flynn, Marthe Le Van and Marco Miserendino made up or veritable dream team, and we are so grateful to them for taking their turn giving back to the designer community in such a significant way.
Off the show floor, there was plenty of action in The Big Apple! In addition to our own, opening day cocktail event, the team was also excited to attend the annual WJA Awards for Excellence event on Monday, and on Tuesday, we attended the AGS Circle of Distinction Dinner. The highlight of the week for me however, was an “unofficial” event that has become a tradition synonymous with JA New York Summer–a fete at the fabulous home of Myriam Gumuchian! Since the first time I was invited to this dinner party, held in Myriam and her husband Ron’s sprawling digs in one of New York’s outer boroughs, I’ve worked very hard on receiving a repeat invitation. It’s not just that their house is gorgeous (it is!), and it’s not just that it’s a rare chance to mingle with industry friends and colleagues in a relaxed, albeit glamorous, setting (it’s also that!), to me, the wonder of the evening truly is witnessing Myriam as the quintessential hostess with the mostess! The event is always catered by a local business, the food is always divine, the rose (aka French Summer Water) is always flowing, and most impressive of all is how Myriam makes the whole evening look effortless. If you don’t pay attention, which is easy to do as you slide from one great conversation to another, you’d think she’d just snapped her fingers and made it all happen….but if you watch closely, you’ll see how meticulously orchestrated every touch point of the event is. From the passed hors d’oeuvres to the seating arrangements to the multiple areas throughout the inside and outside of their home that have been established for mingling in smaller groups, Myriam has handled it all. And when you compliment her, she just throws her head back and laughs and in that raspy, adorable accented voice proclaims, “Darling! It was nothing! I’m so glad you could come!”
It was a perfect evening to kick off a great week of business and events, so here’s hoping for a repeat invitation next year (hint hint!).