International Jewellery London’s KickStart opens for 2013 entries
LONDON, January 4, 2013 – KickStart, an initiative of trade fair International Jewellery London (IJL) which promotes talented new designers, has opened for 2013 entries.
The deadline extends until Friday March 15th, 2013.
This year, for the first time, one of the winning designers will be voted for by you – the industry.
Now in its fifth year, KickStart provides an excellent way for retailers and buyers to discover outstanding new designers as they launch.
The bursary scheme is run by IJL and supported by the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA), and the winning designers are selected as talent of the future.
Ten KickStarters are chosen each year to take part in the mentoring programme.
By opening up one of these 10 places and allowing retailers and the industry to vote for their favourite, IJL will continue to ensure the UK leads the way in terms of recognising the best and most innovative new jewellery stars.
The launch of the KickStart People’s Choice award voting in March 2013 will coincide with the launch of three new online voting options.
Twitter users can Tweet the name of the KickStarter they would like to vote for and tag #KickStartVote.
Similarly, Instagram users can post a picture of their favourite KickStarter with the same hashtag to cast their vote.
Facebook users will be able to cast votes via the IJL Facebook page.
These social media techniques will open up the voting field, allowing KickStarters the opportunity to campaign for votes.
Voters may also cast their votes directly at jewellerylondon.com.
Event Director Sam Willoughby said: “The KickStart stand is always a popular destination at IJL and, following the success of the initiative in recent years, the 2013 lineup is sure to impress.”
The winning designers will be at IJL, showcasing their stunning designs, from 1 – 4 September 2013.
To enter, go to: www.jewellerylondon.com/Kickstart2013
IJL 2013 will run from 1 – 4 September 2013 at Earls Court, London