Since his first year of university, year-old Andrew Foster has been actively involved in the establishment his grandfather Jack Foster founded in the s. Psychology aside, the company founded by his father Pierre and Uncle Papken is a prime example of a business with a sturdy premise, whose mechanics have proven advantageous and prosperous since conception. It is with this sensibility of anticipating modern trends that Akkelian and. If anything, opening up a community where information is comfortably shared, especially through online formats, benefits the industry by making businesses more present and available to a wider array of people.
Social networking. With the importance of collaboration, tapping into the realm of social networking is key to growth in the new age of technology. Whether a business has been around for decades, or is brand new, the more connections made, the better. While the need to become more present online is obvious, there are some hesitations surrounding the move to nontraditional methods of exposure— especially if the traditional still works in their favour. Chmielash, for instance, finds communication through online trade-only forums more beneficial for his business than a Twitter feed, and Foster is focusing more on creating a website that can sell.
As the jewellery industry enters the new realm of connectivity, collaboration is key. Steven Davidovics was struggling with his establishment, Chmielash knew it was time to get his foot in the door and help out.
Two generations of selling romance The Roset family have worked together to transform their business into a successful wholesale operation By E. Originally conceived in , the Roset family business really took off in when Roset, a native of Estevan, Saskatchewan, packed up the family and moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta. Basically, it was over that period that we were building our wholesale division. Now it is more common for a customer to come in asking for a.
While the pros are infinite for operating a company where your family members are your employees, it does have its fair share of cons. However, having both son and daughter embrace the family business was Staying connected.
Our understanding has helped us carve out a niche for ourselves. Essentially, what we are selling is romance. Rhinestones, crystals and simulated gemstones abound, and are not made to last as long as precious jewellery.
Storage rooms need to be arranged and rearranged to accommodate these high-turnover pieces and existing product lines need to be reassessed in order to make room for this new mix of materials and stones. BHJ AD-1 9. With the Internet fuelling the speedy onset of new trends, fashion jewellery is growing in popularity with consumers who traditionally would not have bothered with it. Innovative designs are coming to the fore, and women desiring quick changes are gravitating towards fun and trendy jewellery.
To Stein, these two sectors of the fashion industry behave differently in the materials they utilize, and their target consumer. Basically, I use less metal. This popularity, according to Anita Agrawal, CEO and designer at Best Bargains Jewellery in Toronto, is a benefit to the other, more expensive genres of fashion jewellery.
Getting dressed can be an act of expression, and accessories are part and parcel to this idea. Colour has been a huge fashion story for the past few seasons, and jewellery is no exception. Colour is seen in bold, semi-precious stones and crystals, and even in flat areas created with enamelling techniques or inlays of exotic skins. Traditionally, fashion jewellery was made from metals such as silver. Today there is a shift to using non-traditional materials. From raw crystal structures, bamboo watches to cast-organic objects, nature-inspired jewellery is in demand.
Sculptural, graphic shapes are also important. In jewellery, those ideas are played out in baroque swirls, or in minimal, hammered metals. She has effectively used recycled beer, wine, salad dressing and soda bottles to create her jewellery.
Her designs have been so successful that they were used as centrepieces at the Sundance Film Festival, and have sparked a partnership with Coke to create a jewellery line for the company.
Fashion jewellery and watches are no different from the many other industries that have been affected by the Internet. Blogging, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Facebook have all opened up the discourse between jewellery designers and their customers.
We can see this in the multitude of knock-off [charm] bracelets. Retailers looking to carve out a piece of these original designs will need to act fast, as the ebbs and flows of fashion dive and soar quickly. WILD ride Despite economic dips and blips, the market for premium jewellery continues to fetch premium pricing.
In late , global spending on luxury products dipped to levels not seen since Still, the overall market has been quietly gaining momentum.
While risks of a broader economic slowdown are again at the forefront, the U. That said, while overall consumer prices are gaining steam, with the All Items Consumer Price Index hitting 2. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says luxury watches, which comprise roughly 17 per cent of the overall market for high-end goods, have seen prices increase by 1. Other jewellery products saw more modest price gains of only 0. Going forward, household disposable incomes in the U.
This is a welcome sign for luxury retailers, who are largely dependent on discretionary consumer spending for the bulk of their sales. While demand for luxury goods has been somewhat more robust in Canada since the recession of and , the overall picture in Canada will likely be somewhat murkier. Statistics Canada says total industry sales for luxury goods, a market dominated by jewellery products, expanded at an impressive rate of 8.
Consumer demand appears to be softening somewhat from these elevated levels, as income growth in Canada begins to stabilize, and consumers grapple with record levels of household debt. Further, while the U. Indeed, the Vancouver market in particular is beginning to soften materially as Asian buyers begin to choose to reside in Toronto over the west coast. As well, although the increasing real estate deal flow from mainland China is supporting the markets for housing and luxury goods in southern Ontario, this spike in demand is likely to be somewhat transitory.
For these reasons, risks are beginning to build with respect to domestic demand in Canada. Still, luxury goods spending is likely headed for more of a soft landing than a downturn, because of the recovering U. One of the key opportunities within the luxury goods market, as cited by KPMG, is a shift in buying power and overall demand from the ultrarich, to the burgeoning upper middle income segments in Canada and the U. The core market for high-end jewellery may in fact be opening to those who consider themselves to be simply affluent as opposed to ultrarich.
However, the by-product of this shift ing demographic is that lowerincome buyers will be more sensitive to macroeconomic downturns and declines in disposable income. In short, so long as the U. As part of this shift ing demographic, buyers of luxury items will increasingly be younger working professionals or the newly wealthy.
Retailers would be wise to cater to this market segment. While a leading industry report states that the global luxury goods business will continue to expand at an average growth rate of 3. Indeed, some persistent trends have emerged in the post-recession world that will likely continue to drive consumer demand over the coming period. Th is will alter the competitive framework of the jewellery industry as a whole. A major study of the marketplace by KPMG reveals that consumers of luxury goods are becoming even more discerning in the current market environment, and have become increasingly focused on quality.
Even the ultra-rich, who previously have spent almost to the point of excess for highvalue goods, are becoming more value-conscious—to the point of bordering on frugality. Market research shows that the top end of the market will still pay a premium price for premium goods; however, lesser known brands that are not viewed as attractively will not fare as well.
Buyers of premium goods and jewellery are also increasingly making purchasing decisions with long-term investment in mind.
This focus on durable goods is even more brand-centric, with less attraction to seasonal products and lesser known brands. In short, buyers are less willing to sacrifice quality. They will increasingly focus their now more scarce luxury goods dollars on premium products in an environment where value is already at the fore. In the latter part of the past decade, the market for high-end consumer goods largely sidestepped this market trend that asserted itself in most other markets; luxury brands held out from fully embracing the trend to online shopping, out of a fear of sacrificing their hard fought brand prestige.
Increasingly, however, overseas markets are becoming more online-centric, especially in Asia. This marks the beginnings of a trend that will likely take hold in North America as well.
In response, traditional retailers are likely to continue focusing on custom merchandise and personalized service. These are key criteria in winning premium-market consumers. The old axiom that the ultra-rich are going to continue to spend regardless of the economy is largely holding true. At the same time, the continued growth of the luxury retail goods market is increasingly dependent on those with incomes decidedly south of the ultra-rich stratosphere.
This is a dynamic that is bringing traditional economics to a market that has seen consistent demand despite an extremely volatile overall economy. Retailers that win will have to be focused on delivering quality merchandise at attainable prices, something seemingly non-luxurious in the market for luxury goods. Fiori Canada, supplier of high quality own brand, private label and licensed international brands of timepieces and jewellery.
Fiori Canada Inc. Visit our website and review the brands we market. The scope and depth of our time-piece and jewellery products spans many demographic groups and target markets. Fiori, move with the time Over the last decade, Jewellers Vigilance Canada JVC has endeavoured to educate and assist industry members with crime prevention. One of the hardest hit segments of our industry is travelling salespeople. We have given seminars and warned salespeople during the shows.
We have written numerous articles warning industry about gangs that prey on us. Still, many have not heeded these many warnings. JVC, along with our partners, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, has honoured some of these police who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to catch some of these gang members. These police officers have given up personal and family time Christmas holidays, long weekends to do the work necessary to investigate and arrest criminals. As an industry, we also need to do our part and take some responsibility to deter and prevent some of these crimes.
In his article he highlighted the dangers faced by travelling salespeople. JVC Crime Alerts provide timely information and photographs on jewellery crime in Canada that may help protect your store from fraud, diamond thefts or diamond switches. Visit www. Jewellers Vigilance Canada An independent, non-profit association to advance ethical practices within the Canadian jewellery industry. Sound familiar? It should. The same thing has happened numerous times right here in Canada.
Staking out locations. He told the audience of watch salespeople about a cat-and-mouse game in which organized bands of jewellery thieves staked out locations where there are a large number of jewellery vendors in one building, and how these bandits would follow salespeople for days. The police used their own techniques and were watching the cat following the mouse. York Regional Police made several arrests, and a number of subjects were deported from Canada.
These officers later received the Jewellers Vigilance Canada Inc. Huge amount of work. The general public does not realize the amount of work and cost that goes into a major investigation such as the one conducted by York Regional Police. Hours and hours of police undercover surveillance and following the suspected criminals took place. It would be impossible for two officers alone to conduct such surveillance. It may require eight to 10 officers in unmarked vehicles. Detailed affidavits can be as long as 1, pages in order to get a court order to intercept communications to obtain search warrants or production orders for cell phone records or DNA warrants.
Travelling salespeople must take the necessary steps to protect themselves and their product. If something does happen, such as a robbery, they have something to give police to work with. The same holds true for jewellery retailers. Just last month, an alert was instrumental in the apprehension of a diamond switcher in Windsor, Ontario. The store staff had seen the alert and knew who the man was when he came into the store. Police arrested the thief, and eventually the diamond was recovered after it passed through his system.
How would you like to be the officer who recovered that diamond? This all happened as a result of a jeweller in Toronto who had this individual switch a diamond in their store, and they gave the picture of the subject to JVC.
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