Designer and Retail Spotlight: ZFolio & Kathy Kamei

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Design of the Times

Last week, I spotlighted two of the many talents that gathered at JCK Tucson last week, ZFolio and designer Kathy Kamei. ZFolio is part of JCK’s new Design Center Advisory Board and helped curate the Design Center relaunch worthy of its discerning, yet humble, discretion. The experience and passion which ZFolio brings to the world of retail jewelry is a valuable perspective to have in the JCK designer community. When I asked Natasha Lazorva, director of Operations at ZFolio why JCK Tucson is so important to her she responded, “It’s important to me to constantly be aware of new artists and collections. I’m…

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Full Circle with Molly Guy, Stone Fox Bride

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Molly Guy

February kicks off with Tucson Gem Week where the industry pulse is magnified through the power of gemstones and 2 weeks later America celebrates a holiday about love, what could be better? As everyone is off on a glorified treasure hunt in the desert bouncing from JCK Tucson, AGTA and GJX we’re switching gears and going Full Circle with a game changer in the jewelry industry whose influential in JCK’s world and the bridal industry. Molly Guy, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People of 2014”, is a magazine veteran who worked as the Beauty and Style Editor of Nylon Magazine before…

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Rebecca Myers and Aaron Henry

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JCK Tucson open it’s doors tomorrow and it’s been so inspiring interviewing all my heroes that will be attending and exhibiting! Although this will be my last Tucson focused designer interview, I will keep the design conversation going in this series with our designers for the JCK Las Vegas Design Center! When it was announced last October that I was the Design Ambassador of JCK’s Design Center, I was met with a lot of “Who is this gal?” and “Who does she think she is?” The irony is that my only goal has been, and will continue to be, to build community in an…

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Full Circle with Brandee Dallow, Rio Tinto

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Brandee Dallow Rio Tinto

Happy Friday! After recently signing on to return for JCK Las Vegas 2016 (June 3-6,2016) as a First Look exhibitor and her recent election as president of the WJA’s International Board of Directors, there was no better person to go Full Circle with, other than our friend, Brandee Dallow. Brandee, director of Rio Tinto Diamonds’ North America representative office is an influence in the JCK community and a exemplary leader in the jewelry industry. Before Dallow joined the Rio Tinto team in 2014, she had 15 years of experience in the jewelry industry serving as Vice President of Global Communications for…

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Geoffrey Scott & Ayesha Studio

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After being snowed in for the weekend thanks to Winter Storm Jonas, the thought of escaping to the serene JW Marriott Starr Pass alongside so many talented and unique designers brings a smile to my face. JCK Tucson is truly the jewelry industry’s winter oasis and it’s only 13 days away! Last week, I uncovered the journey and aspirations of two exhibitors who are #JCKTucsonBound, Geoffrey Scott and Ayesha Studio. Both established designers are debuting a new line at JCK Tucson and spoke similar words of wisdom to emerging designers: develop, make mistakes, fail forward, and understand you can’t be…

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