It's been a while since I took a trip around the blog. I'm currently on a flight to Vegas, 'stop me if you think you've heard this one before'. Thank you The Smiths. It does feel a bit like that though. It seems our year is split between Boxing Day, the run up to Basel, the corrections, the run up to Vegas, rehab, the Couture collection for the autumn events, the run up to Christmas and then Boxing Day.
This trip is quit poignant for me. 1. Because I've eaten everything they've served me and had nothing to drink. It used to be the other way round. And 2. This year I'm bringing the Rock Vault to Vegas. This for those of you who don't know, is not a form of chastity belt, this is a virtual vault containing the creme de la creme of the British Jewellery industry, of the emerging kind.
Created as a platform to showcase jewellery during London Fashion Week, the Rock Vault has now been exposed to the world outside of Somerset House. First with a month long exhibition to celebrate the opening of the new jewellery salon in Fortnum and Mason, London's most historic department store and now to debut in the original sin city. Las Vegas, Nevada.
That's right I'm taking them on a trip to the strip.
I swore I would never manage a band again. It was the most thankless task I have ever had the misfortune to have undertaken. Eight musicians, one with an ASBO, who couldn't tie a shoelace without an adult present. One was arrested, you got it, the one with ASBO outside the Cuckoo Club for picking a fight with a car's headlights at 2am. Who did the police call. Me. 8216My manager is Stephen Webster, you know' he was yelling as they dragged him to the cooler.
The Rock Vault are nothing like a band but in some ways it feels a little like taking the band on tour and this time round I love it. I am so proud of the talent we nurture in British art schools. For many years I have given talks and generally enthused about the industry I love to the generations about to enter that same industry. Showing in Vegas, at the Wynn in the Stephen Webster ballroom, is going to be a great introduction for the magnificent seven who will be exhibiting there for the first time.
We have a full bar, a lounge, an opening party. In other words Vegas and the Couture show are welcoming these young Turks with open arms. One of many attributes I can first hand credit the Americans with is their generosity of spirit. Since I first started talking about Rock Vault the retailers and show organisers have been right there behind me.
Thursday 30th May 2013 is going to be a milestone for British jewellery.
If I were a gambling man, I'd lay half a bar on this one being a success.