Trend award for IJL KickStart designer Imogen Belfield

Top industry-leading global forecast and analysis service Stylesight has presented a special award to IJL KickStart designer Imogen Belfield – the KickStart Trend Award.

The Stylesight team visited the International Jewellery London show this September to view the work of the KickStarters and to select the winning designer for her excellence in progressive jewellery design. The prize is a year’s subscription to the innovative trend service, worth $8,500 USD.

A delighted Imogen Belfield said: “I feel incredibly honoured to win the KickStart Trend Award. Being a KickStart designer was another fantastic step towards establishing my business professionally and firmly within the UK jewellery industry, and this award is an incredible accolade. It will really give me the ability to explore and expand upon my market place, and be a real asset in broadening my businesses trade. I look forward to trading at IJL on my own stand next year too.”

Stylesight provides world-class content, tools and technology for creative professionals in the style and design industries, combining visionary trend forecasting and indispensable analysis with an online workspace designed to help analyse and anticipate the ever-changing marketplace.

The prize provides Imogen Belfield with a valuable creative platform following her success at the IJL show. KickStart, which is supported by the British Jewellers’ Association, acts as a bursary scheme for talented new designers who are selected to exhibit on a group stand at the leading jewellery trade show. For award winning designer Imogen Belfield, securing a place as a KickStart designer this year followed her debut at IJL as a Bright Young Gem in 2011.

Jane Monnington Boddy, Director Women's Trend Forecasting at Stylesight, commented: “I was delighted to award Imogen Belfield with the Stylesight Trend award. Imogen is pioneering a whole new direction in her approach to jewellery design. The way she treats the materials suggests the materials are directing the design itself. Natural forms in metal and the use of uncut stones also gives each piece a uniqueness, as if it's been crafted by hand. She has a real boldness and confidence in this approach that makes these items highly desirable.

“I think Imogen will benefit from the award by using Stylesight to help her research the marketplace, since we review retail developments and trade shows, so she can see what's selling in the industry. As well as what is happening globally within the jewellery industry, this can help her grow her business. She might also find inspiration within the forecast for colour, shape and material direction.”

For more details about IJL, visit www.jewellerylondon.com

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NOTES TO EDITORS

IJL 2012 ran from 2 – 5 September 2012 at Earls Court, London
IJL 2013 will run from 1 - 4 September 2013 at Earls Court, London

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About International Jewellery London
International Jewellery London is your only dedicated UK jewellery trade event, unveiling the latest inspiring collections, contemporary and classic.
IJL celebrates the most talented, innovative British and International jewellery designers, wholesalers and manufacturers.
International Jewellery London took place at, Earls Court 2, London from 2 – 5 September 2012. For further information please visit www.jewellerylondon.com
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