It’s a sell-out: Industry mood positive ahead of Australian Jewellery Fair

For the second consecutive year the Australian Jewellery Fair (AJF) has sold out far in advance of opening day.

The AJF will be hosted at the International Convention Centre in Sydney’s Darling Harbour on 18-19 March.

The AJF has been timed to take place prior to Mother’s Day (14 May), giving retailers the opportunity to stock the latest ranges ahead of a crucial period of trading.

Three major buying groups – Nationwide Jewellers, Independent Jewellers Collective, and Leading Edge Jewellers – will each host stands after a productive Melbourne Jewellery Expo, which was also a sell-out event. The GAA will also be at the event.

Expertise Events managing director Gary Fitz-Roy told Jeweller that the most valuable thing available at the AJF for suppliers and retailers alike would be ‘opportunity’.

“We are thrilled to see such a high level of interest in the Australian Jewellery Fair this year. We’ve been anticipating a high turnout, but didn’t expect it would sell out so quickly,” Fitz-Roy said.

“We are confident that the fair will provide a valuable opportunity for retailers and sellers to discover new ranges, to build connections, and to reconnect within the industry.”

Fitz-Roy explained that a new initiative had been introduced for AJF: “The fair will also feature free all-day catering, so retailers and sellers can maximise their time and enjoy a free lunch. This is just one of the ways we are working to make the fair an enjoyable and productive experience for everyone involved”.

For additional information or to register in advance visit the Australian Jewellery Fair website.

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Australian Fashion Week reveals four designers to watch

Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) has announced the four winners of its emerging designer program, Next Gen.

IMG Fashion Events and Properties APAC MD Natalie Xenita confirmed the winners will debut their collections at AAFW on May 19.  

“This year’s winners are shaping the future of Australian fashion by pushing boundaries with their designs and sparking important conversation around sustainability, inclusivity and more. I’m very much looking forward to seeing each of them make their debut on the runway this May at AAFW.”

The Next Gen prize is valued at over $100,000 and includes runway show production, a content package including runway photography and global livestream, and international shipping credits provided by DHL.

The four winning designers also receive industry networking opportunities and exposure to AAFW’s attending buyers.

Established in 1996, Next Gen winners have included Akira, Anna Quan, Camilla and Marc, Bec and Bridge and Sass and Bide. 

The 2023 winners are: 

Cameron Hill: Founded in 2021, Cameron Hill’s eponymous brand draws on handmade textures and machine knitting, with knitwear-focused collections featuring knitted lacework and geometric patterning. 

Liandra Swim: Launched in 2018 by Liandra Gaykamangu, a Yolngu woman from North-East Arnhem land, the swimwear label is inspired by contemporary Aboriginal Australian culture and features signature prints. 

Ruby Pedder: Ruby Pedder debuted in 2021 with a proposition for “casual couture” that blends womenswear with wearable art. 

Xi Wu Studio: Designer Xizhu Wu founded Xi Wu Studio in 2021 to design clothes that blend Eastern and Western garment techniques. 

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