IJL 2017 is set to inspire the jewellery, giftware and accessories industries from September 3 – 5 with new show features and a glittering showcase of over 500 companies from 32 countries, including a host of innovative debut designers and brands.
New show experiences include the newly themed seminar theatres, workshops and dedicated Skills Lab, a glimpse into the future in the Retail Experience Area, the new Watch Lounge and Jewellery LIVE! showcasing craftsmanship and technology at its best.
Other ‘not to be missed’ highlights include the Trends Catwalk, previewing trends set to hit the High Street this Christmas and in Spring 2018, and a pool of cutting-edge new design talent from this year’s Bright Young Gems and KickStarters.
Sam Willoughby, Show Director, comments: “Over the past year, we have been busy talking to new and existing exhibitors and visitors – including our prestigious Diamond Club members – to ensure that IJL 2017 meets all the needs of the giftware industry and is as productive and engaging as possible. I am especially proud of the international line-up this year, which includes many new brands and designers who are new to the UK and have chosen IJL as their first show, showcasing alongside some of the most highly regarded established brands in the industry.
“I am also delighted to welcome an increasing number of essential service providers now choosing IJL to launch the latest packaging, merchandising, technology, and retail developments. All of which make this year’s event an unmissable experience for both visitors and exhibitors.”
New highlights for 2017 include Jewellery LIVE! which will offer a ‘behind the scenes’ showcase of craftsmanship and technology – from the bench to the powerful new techniques supporting creative ideas from initial inspiration to beautifully finished pieces. The new Retail Experience Area is designed to help retailers explore new opportunities to develop the full in-store experience to increase footfall and compete with online. help will be on-hand to offer the most up-to-date advice on enhancing the in-store offer and providing a memorable interactive jewellery buying experience for customers.
Trend Insight – discovering new trends and looks to meet customer demand is at the heart of IJL and the thrice daily Trends Catwalk will feature the Spring/Summer 2018 jewellery trends as well as the key trends so important for retailers and buyers of giftware and accessories this coming Christmas. Chosen by the new Trend Editor, Rachael Taylor – a freelance journalist specialising in jewellery – the trends are Chase the Rainbow, The Artisan, The Next Frontier, True Romance and Bridal – High Spirits.
Education Redefined – alongside an inspirational line up of headline seminar speakers in the Inspiration Theatre with industry luminaries like Stephen Webster, the new DigiFest Theatre will feature a not-to-be missed social media programme. This will be headed up by Warren Knight, one of the top 100 Global Influencers and IJL’s Chief Social Media Editor, together with an array of high profile bloggers – outlining the fundamentals of social media as well, as more advanced sessions for the digital savvy.
The new Academy will feature knowledge forums with educational and business experts and the new Skills Lab will offer visitors the best advice on important industry issues such as security and workplace pensions. And last but not least is the special new FairLuxx mini conference with thought provoking topics and speakers on the last day of the show.
For more information or to register for free, visit the IJL website