Full Circle with Ben Smithee

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Ben Smithee

In two weeks, we get a clean slate and a new year of opportunities and challenges to overcome. We all have personal New Years resolutions that we will work to achieve in 2016, but what change would you like to see your brand strive for? If it has anything to do with embracing digital, taking advantage of digital proximity or how to make your big brand think smaller, think Ben Smithee. With a new year approaching, it’s only fitting to go Full Circle with our friend Ben Smithee, an out of-the-box thinker and digital guru. Ben Smithee is the CEO of  the Smithee…


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Designer Dish: Angela George & Earth Below Sky Creations

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Design of the Times

Last week I put the spotlight on two very talented designers, Angela George and Earth Below Sky Creations – both are showcasing their collections at JCK Tucson located at the beautiful JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort February 3-7, 2016. Angela George is a woman of few words, and I was immediately impressed with her humility. Her jewelry could be classified as little works of art. I find this really exciting given her extensive manufacturing background. The designer got her start working for major fashion houses and then had a short stint in advertising before getting involved with her family’s jewelry manufacturing business….


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Ready Set Jet: Argentina Vacation Journal

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Katie Dominesey Vacation Journal

Where did you go on vacation? I went to Argentina over Thanksgiving week. 4 days in Buenos Aires and 4 days down in Patagonia… an amazing week! What was your favorite memory from your trip? Hands down, one of the best things I’ve done in my life was the all-day glacier trek. We took a boat, a 3km walk on cliffs near waterfalls, until we walked about 10 miles (with crampons on our hiking boots) on the glacier. It felt like we were on another planet- a planet of icy merengue! It is definitely my new happy place, and if…


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Full Circle with Joanne Teichman, Ylang 23

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Joanne Teichman Ylang 23 JCK Full Circle

Happy Friday! We got lucky to catch up with Joanne Teichman, Owner of Ylang 23 before the hectic holiday season and hope you enjoy going Full Circle with such an inspiring force in our industry and JCK Community. Not all too long ago, jewelry was only seen by the majority in magazines, trade shows and was very exclusive. Joanne broke the barriers of this and created a website dedicated to selling some of the best ‘forward mix’ of designer jewelry. Ylang 23 had a plethora of firsts including free 2 day shipping in 2005, first online trunk show in 2007, first…


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Vasant Designs & Squash Blossom

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Design of the Times

JCK Tucson (February 3-7,2016) is 8 weeks away and it’s been rewarding to not only share what talent will be there, but WHY. Business should be personal and in the JCK community it is. It’s important to get up close and personal with our artists that are attending or showcasing their collection. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with retailer Squash Blossom and a Design Center ballroom exhibitor, Vasant Designs. Both companies have a like-minded philosophy in fostering and helping emerging designers. John and Patti Cogswell are the owners of Vail, Coloardo based Sqaush Blossom and they have…


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