New suppliers showcase products at UK Buying Meeting
Babette Wasserman wearing her “Ficelle” necklace, at The Company of Master Jewellers’ Spring Buying Meeting
BIRMINGHAM, England, March 13, 2011 – New suppliers including fast-emerging brands Babette Wasserman, Fei Liu and Rachel Galley, showcased their latest products at the Spring Buying Meeting of the UK’s biggest buying group, The Company of Master Jewellers’ (CMJ).
The Buying Meeting, taking place at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in the Birmingham NEC in central England on March 13-14, enabled more than 100 independent retailers who belong to the CMJ to examine some of the most outstanding jewellery, watches and accessories now available on the market and to re-stock their stores.
Babette Wasserman, known for her elegant yet affordable silver jewellery, attracted strong interest from retailers at the CMJ Buying Event, where she exhibited her “Ficelle” necklace and best-selling “Maman Bebe” collection.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to meet lots and lots of new stores all in one place,” Babette told Jewellery Outlook at the event.
“It’s great to be able to showcase our jewellery here and introduce it to people who perhaps know about us but haven’t had the opportunity to see it in a quiet, private show.”
Babette said high-end retailers which sold branded and gold jewellery would be a perfect fit for her pieces, including the “Ficelle” necklace, which has a scarf design, and the “Maman Bebe” collection in sterling silver, which celebrates the bond between mother and child.
Fei Liu, distinctive for his high-end cutting-edge pieces – a fusion of the best in East and West design, and Rachel Galley, known for her jewellery using contrasting colours and textures, were exhibiting at the CMJ Buying Meeting for the first time.
Fei Liu at The Company of Master Jewellers’ Spring Buying Meeting
Fei Liu spoke to Jewellery Outlook of his plans to expand his presence in both the UK and Chinese markets, and said that he sees the Buying Meeting as a great opportunity for leading independent retailers to stock his pieces.
Rachel Galley said, “I am very glad to be here because this is a perfect opportunity to meet lots of independent retailers, some of them having a few shops.”
The CMJ now has a membership representing more than 200 shops and has well over 100 approved suppliers that include some of the world’s biggest jewellery and watch brands.
Among the watches, leading brands Fossil and Seiko presented their latest ranges.
Fossil see strong sales in their high-end ceramic watches, and Seiko have recently witnessed a recovery in demand for their middle-range segments in the UK market, sales representatives told Jewellery Outlook at their stands at the Buying Meeting.
Clogau Gold made a welcome comeback to the CMJ, with many people wondering whether Clogau Welsh gold, which has a long association with the British royal family, will be used in the wedding band of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“The Clogau shop in shop offering is exceptional value,” said the CMJ’s Chief Executive Willie Hamilton in a note on new suppliers and collections not to be missed.