Luxury show concluded
Stated as the first ever buying show dedicated to the Latin American jewelry market, was concluded its three-day inaugural run on October 24th at the Westin Playa Bonita in Panama City, where 50 high-end exhibitors from the United States and Europe courted Latin retailers during matchmaking-style events designed to nurture budding relationships between buyers and sellers eager to exploit the region’s booming economy. Yancy Weinrich, who is the group vice president of JCK Events, has commented that, “We are pleased with the market’s response to LUXURY Privé Panama. Our focus throughout has been to be the catalyst for introductions between our exhibitors and the leading retailers in Latin America.” The fair kicked off with a promise of celebration and it showed too. It began with a festive Panamanian dance celebration. The introduction began on the very next day with a designer meet-and-greet event intended to mimic a speed-dating session.
For exhibitors anxious to tap the fast-growing South American market—Mikimoto, John Hardy, and Rahaminov, to name a few—the show offered an opportunity to enjoy face time with the region’s finest retailers, many of whom carry luxury watch brands such as Rolex and Cartier but are still getting acquainted with the top names in jewelry. There are various exhibitors from all over the world. Divyanshu Navlakha of Sutra has stated that, “I do really well with some retailers in Brazil and I wanted to explore the other countries, and there was no better platform than LUXURY Privé.” Sutra is a Houston-based jewelry manufacturer that showed a new collection of tanzanite jewelry framed by blue sapphires. Tanzanite was also evident in a handful of standout pieces by Miiori, a New York City-based company that debuted a new collection of colorful, diamond-set titanium jewels designed to catch the eyes of retailers on the hunt for styles that defied convention.