IJL 2016 INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS BODES WELL FOR UK JEWELLERY INDUSTRY POST BREXIT REFERENDUM

08 Sep 2016

IJL 2016 consolidated its reputation as the industry’s premiere showcase, with not only many exhibitors reporting a record number of orders taken on the opening day but also an increase in attendance by senior quality international retailers, buyers and suppliers. This, combined with 167 new exhibitors from across the jewellery and watch sectors and over 500 emerging and established companies from 38 countries, provided a positive vote of confidence in the UK’s jewellery sector post the Brexit referendum.

Sam Willoughby, Event Director, commented: “This year’s show exceeded our expectations, with a noticeable increase in international support and many companies experiencing a fantastic opening day. The Diamond Club welcomed even more VIP members this year, with an increase of 5% on last year’s figures, drawn from the top UK and international buyers and retailers. These ranged from Printemps and Galleries Lafayette from France to CONSUL from Russia and Kalyan from the Middle East – all of which helped contribute to the commercial success enjoyed by so many of our exhibitors.

Many of our visitors remarked on the diversity and quality of the jewellery collections on show which, together with the stunning new design talent from home and abroad and the insightful education programme, created an unmissable event. All in all, a very special jewellery experience for both visitors and exhibitors alike and we would like to thank the industry for all their support and help in making IJL 2016 such a truly international success.”
 
Rebooking for IJL 2017 is buoyant with nearly 100% of the major brands already confirmed.

Views from some of our exhibitors ….

‘IJL has enabled us to promote Astley Clarke to a much broader audience, connect with current stores and meet new accounts. We also loved being able to interact with all the excellent, international stores at the show as well. As a first-time exhibitor, we would recommend IJL as a perfect platform for brands to get in front of a great portfolio of retailers.” Katie Martin, Head of Retail, Astley Clarke.

“What I really liked about IJL this year was the buzz there was at the show and we had a record-breaking opening day. In fact we took the most orders on day one of IJL than at any other trade event we have ever exhibited at! It’s a great place to showcase your brand and meet new and existing customers.” Matt Finnerty, Director of UK & Ireland, Sif Jakobs Jewellery.

“I would recommend IJL to colleagues looking to break into the UK market, as it gave us the opportunity to meet some excellent retailers, distributors and buyers. We were able to get to know them on a one-to-one basis – something we would not normally have been able to do as a newcomer to the UK. We felt it was a beautiful show with great attendance, a positive atmosphere for conducting business and a high-end intimate feeling due to its size. It was a total pleasure to exhibit at IJL!”  Neil Travis, President and CEO, First Jewelry.

“Each year IJL presents us with a great opportunity and platform from which to launch new products and services to customers new and old. IJL is undoubtedly the premier jewellery exhibition in the UK. It is a great venue, very well organised, and most importantly for us, it attracts a great number of discerning jewellers. This year we exhibited on the Boulevard for the first time. It has been wonderful to experience this level of exposure and the feedback has been simply fantastic!” Oliver Sutton, Managing Director, Charles Green.

“Olympia is a fantastic venue for IJL, its natural lighting showcases jewellery perfectly. The show is a great platform to introduce our brand and collections to the UK market and its timing and mix of retailers makes it the only show in the UK worth attending.” Craig Rose, Vice President, Sales, Christopher Designs.

“We’ve been at IJL for 13 years and whilst obviously the industry has changed over this time, the show still remains a vital part of promoting our fine stone jewellery and showing the trade its full potential. The timing of IJL is exactly right and we hope that the success of the show continues to grow.” Ariel Tivon, Tivon.

“IJL is the best jewellery show in the UK, it is busy, stylish and well located.” Ronald Assmann, Managing Director, Nikki Lisoni.

“IJL is wonderful! We’ve had a very good show and it’s a real joy to do business there, as every part of this event is so well organised. It’s a fantastic venue, with a great buzz and held at the perfect time of year, as everyone we want and need to see is here. Long live IJL!” Mark Milton, Owner, Mark Milton.

“IJL did not disappoint this year, the show has a great reputation and meets our business needs by increasing our brand awareness.” David Azulay, Wholesale Director, UNOde50.

“We’ve been exhibiting at IJL every year since 1999. We are here because IJL time-wise is great for Christmas orders, and also because of the high quality of the buyers. This year I was concerned about the impact of Brexit, however, the show has been as successful as ever for us, with the mood much more positive than expected.” Daniel Ozel, Managing Director, Unique.

“Truly fantastic event for us! New, established and also international retailers have all delighted in the AG brand. A year after our re-brand at IJL 2015, and it seems that IJL 2016 signifies the real ascension of AG. We’ve experience a large volume of visitors and potential clients at this year’s show and I would definitely recommend IJL as the only show in the UK for the jewellery industry!” Andrew Geoghegan, Managing Director and Founder, Andrew Geoghegan.

“IJL is set apart from other events of its kind through its exceptional organisation and the opportunity to meet bigger audiences, including important buyers. The event generates fantastic brand awareness for us and we’ve had a very successful show. I especially like interacting with new clients and catching up with friends in the industry.” Fei Liu, Founder, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery.

“The location of IJL in London is perfect and it sets it apart from its competitors. As a result it is a cosmopolitan event with an excellent showcase of exhibitors, which has enabled us to connect with the right contacts who can help expand our business. This is our first time at the show and we have achieved great brand awareness and enjoyed the whole event, especially the high quality of seminars.” Antonio Moun, Marketing and Sales Director, Eleuterio.

“IJL is the UK’s only destination for quality design led contemporary jewellery. It’s the event where you know you’ll meet the key customers for your business. We would recommend IJL to anyone looking to establish connections with key customers and contacts within the industry.” James Newman, Design Director, James Newman Jewellery.

“IJL meets our business needs very well. It has a broad range of showcases including quality diamond jewellers and has retained its position as a jewellery show of stature. The scale and organisation of the event is wonderful and with the inclusion of the live music and fashion shows, as well as the large number of visitors, IJL has really helped us bring new customers on board.” Rafal Ukle Jewski, Sales Advisor, Gemex.

‘We have had a fantastic show and could not have asked for a better introduction to the industry as a new brand and supplier. The reaction has been super positive, and we have really loved getting feedback from new clients, as well as our peers.” Guy Robertson, Creative Director, Miracca London.

“IJL is in keeping with the highest calibre of trade shows that the industry has to offer, providing brands with the opportunity to meet leading retailers in an elegant venue. And the hospitality this year has been one of our favourite parts, particularly the champagne party on the Sunday which was a great chance to network!” Cameron Gillies, Executive Vice President Sales, Corona.

“IJL is ideally timed in the year to kick-off the Christmas buying season. As the most prominent UK trade jewellery show, it is the perfect location to showcase new collections as it attracts both our current customers, as well as key prospects, creating an excellent atmosphere in which to network.” Miranda Raw, Director, Raw Pearls.

“It is our first time here and the interest in our designs has been considerable. IJL has enabled us to reach the audience that matches our unique jewellery and the networking opportunities have been great for connecting with potential clients. It feels like IJL cares about helping new and upcoming brands, giving companies like us the opportunity to grow.” Roberto Chaves, Founder and Head Designer, Lumitoro.

“Quality buyers and exhibitors set IJL apart from similar events. This is the first UK show we’ve attended and IJL has generated a great deal of interest in our products. The event has also allowed us to network with established businesses who know their market and what especially works for their clientele. The ability to speak to industry leaders has also been invaluable and we have enjoyed the seminars and found them very informative.” Gabrielle Grew, Director, Grew & Co.

‘‘This is our first time at the show – having evolved from being retailers to creating a jewellery brand. During IJL we have been able to grow our customer base, as well as making new friends and contacts in the industry. We are ecstatic to have won the GEM-A-Empathy award!” Sara Sweet, Directory and Secretary, Sonkai Ltd.

And, finally, last but not least , a word from leading British jewellery retailer, Justice of Winchester ….
“The overall feel of the show is very positive and a great barometer for changing trends. IJL provides a great overview of the industry and an opportunity to do business.”


ENDS

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