Wednesday, April 28, 2010

LBG's clients ON STANDS NOW!!!

Check out some LBG clients featured in top publications...

Christian Tse
Colored stone bracelet from the 'Rainbow Rocks Collection' is featured in Town & Country April 2010

Jewels Boutique
Bracelet featured inThe Knot Summer 2010 issue

Monday, April 26, 2010

evelynH. Jewelry Collection Retains LBG!

Luxury Brand Group has added Los Angeles-based custom jewelry designer Evelyn Huang of evelynH. Jewelry Inc. to its roster. Luxury Brand Group will handle all media relations, product placement, website and collection launches, celebrity endorsement and special projects.

The evelynH jewelry collection was launched in 2006 by award winning designer Evelyn Huang. The collection features custom diamond and gemstone bridal and fashion jewelry available in silver, yellow and white gold, and platinum. Evelyn’s talent and designs have been recognized by many jewelry design competitions including WJA Diva Competition, North America Division of Tahitian Pearls, Rio Tinto’s Champagne Visionary and most recently, international design competition, Red Dot.

“We are very pleased to be working with Evelyn Huang and representing her exquisite, custom-designed jewelry collection,” states Frank Proctor, principal of Luxury Brand Group. “We believe Evelyn is one of the most talented, up-and- coming designers within the fine jewelry industry today.”

Friday, April 23, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What's in Store for Mother's Day...

NRF: Mother's Day spend up, jewelers high on list

Retrieved from The National Jeweler Network website.

April 20, 2010
Washington--Step aside, discounters and apparel sellers. Specialty stores such as jewelers and florists will be hot spots for Mother's Day shopping this year, finds a new National Retail Federation (NRF) consumer survey which also predicts that the average shopper will spend more on mom than in 2009.

Consumers, who have spent slightly more on Valentine's Day, Easter and even St. Patrick's Day this year, are now preparing to spend, collectively, billions of dollars on their mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers and other ladies in their lives, according to NRF's 2010 Mother's Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Conducted by BIGresearch, the survey found that the average person will shell out $126.90 on Mother's Day gifts, compared to $123.89 last year.

Mother's Day, which falls on May 9 this year, is behind only the winter holidays, such as Christmas and Hanukkah, when it comes to consumer spending.

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"For some, mom is the glue that holds the family together," said Phil Rist, executive vice president, strategic initiatives for BIGresearch. "After a few years of cutting back on their discretionary spending, consumers will open up their wallets a little bit more to celebrate the woman with the most important job in the world."

Nearly two-thirds of holiday celebrants (65.2 percent) will buy flowers, to the tune of $1.9 billion, the NRF says. An additional 51.8 percent will treat their mothers to a brunch or dinner, spending $2.9 billion. Jewelers will also see some traffic this year, the survey finds, with 26.2 percent of people planning on buying a special bracelet or earring set, with the combined purchases totaling $2.5 billion, the survey said. Others will say thanks to mom with purchases of clothing or clothing accessories ($1.3 billion), gift certificates ($1.5 billion), personal services such as a day at the spa ($933 million), consumer electronics ($906 million) and greeting cards ($671 million).

The survey predicts that specialty stores, such as florists and jewelers, will see the most traffic, with 33.6 percent of consumers saying they will head to such a store to shop for the holiday, according to the NRF release.

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An additional one third of consumers (30.6 percent) will head to department stores, compared to 27.2 percent last year. Another 30.4 percent will shop at a discount store, 19.7 percent will shop online, 6.2 percent will head to a specialty clothing store, and 2.5 percent will shop from a catalog.

Of the 83.3 percent of Americans celebrating the holiday this year, 62.6 percent will focus on buying a gift for their mom or stepmom, or their wife (20.6 percent). Others will treat their daughters (9.4 percent), grandmother (7.9 percent), sister (7.6 percent), friend (6.8 percent) or godmother (1.7 percent) to something nice.

Men will spend much more than women on Mother's Day, shelling out an average of $154.74, compared to women who will spend an average of $100.46. Adults between the ages of 25 to 34 will spend the most, with the average person in this age group expected to spend $156.84.

Young adults will spend only slightly less, at an average of $155.52 per person, the survey found.

The survey was conducted for NRF by BIGresearch and included a poll of 8,197 consumers who were queried between April 6-13, 2010.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Go "Green" or Go Home!

'Eco-chic' designers to be honored in Washington

From the National Jeweler Network

April 07, 2010

Alberto Parada necklace in recycled Harmony 18-karat gold with conflict-free diamonds, and Monique Pean rings in recycled 18-karat gold with conflict-free diamonds and fossilized walrus and woolly mammoth ivory. Monique Pean photo by Doug Rosa

Washington--On the eve of Earth Day 2010, Washingtonians will be busy celebrating pioneers of the "Eco chic" movement, including ecologically and ethically minded architects, fashion designers and jewelry makers, among others.

"Eco Chic: Night of Stars and Rising Stars," an event produced by the Fashion Group International of Greater Washington D.C., in collaboration with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art and Design, is set to take place Wednesday, April 21, and has been officially registered as an Earth Day recognition event.

The gala will kick off with a cocktail reception and fashion presentation featuring apparel from eco-friendly clothing brand TranquiliT, as well as jewelry from designers Alberto Parada, Calamarie and Monique Pean.

Each of the above brands will also be honorees in the Eco Chic awards ceremony, which will take place immediately following the fashion presentation.

The ceremony will feature video clips of the latest Eco-chic designs and products from "Stars" and "Rising Stars" in the categories of architecture, art, fashion, beauty and interior design.

Monique Pean
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In the fashion category, jewelry designer Monique Pean, a winner of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund award, will be recognized as the "Fashion Star." The Washington-born designer, now based in New York, is known for her sustainable fine jewelry inspired by indigenous cultures and crafted from fossilized ivory, conflict-free diamonds and 100 percent recycled gold. Among Pean's collections is "Charity:Water," a grouping of recycled gold and conflict-free diamond jewelry that helps raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit Charity:Water, which helps provide clean drinking water to people in developing nations.

Also in the fashion category, two jewelry brands have been nominated as "Fashion Rising Stars": Alberto Parada and Calamarie, as well as apparel brand TranquiliT.

A panel of Washington-area design experts will jury the nominations for the Rising Stars, with Lynda Erkiletian, founder and president of The Artist Agency, set to select the Fashion Rising Star winner.

Of the two jewelry brands nominated, both based in Washington, Alberto Parada is known for his conflict-free diamond and fair-trade gemstone designs set into 100 percent recycled Harmony 18-karat gold, while Calamarie is known for its use of organic and recycled materials, such as seeds, palm and silk cocoon crafted into bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

Tickets to the April 21 gala are $120 for members of the Corcoran and Fashion Group International, and $150 for non-members. Proceeds will benefit the Eleni Epstein Scholarship given by The Fashion Group International of Greater Washington to a student pursuing a career in fashion.

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