Retailers express enthusiasm for both product and environment
(NEW YORK) – The JA New York Summer show, held July 26 – 28th at the Jacob Javits Center, was host to an astounding breadth of product offerings in a serene and welcoming environment. Architectural or personalized pieces on display in the designer pavilions, richly unique pieces shown in the Turkish pavilion, the breadth of offerings in the expansive Hong Kong pavilion, and all of the prestigious brands in Inner Circle, were just some of the areas attending retailers were buzzing about.
“This show is so well inventoried, there’s such a wide range of merchandise,” noted Melissa Congress of Congress Jewelers in Sanibel, Florida. “I’m seeing a lot of new people and a lot of new colors that I know my clients will really respond to. And the show has never looked better! From the flowers to the seating areas, it’s a very inviting place to shop.”
Throughout the day, attendees continually commented about the tranquil environment of the show. Seating areas, recharge stations and a variety of convenient locations for refreshments kept retailers motivated to spend their time on the show floor, and set the stage for positive and rewarding shopping experiences.
“We’ve already seen so many fabulous people and it’s only lunch time,” enthused Margie Sneidman of Becker’s Jewelers in West Hartford, Connecticut. “We just love coming to JA New York. Not only is it the perfect time for us to stock up for holiday into spring, but here we’re able to really develop relationships with our vendors. I’m not just buying jewelry, I’m investing in relationships, and this show has the perfect environment to do just that.”
“We’re very pleased with our opening day,” said Group Show Director, Drew Lawsky. “We have a terrific mix of vendors, the show floor looks great and our retailers seem very happy with what they’re seeing. We also had a very successful start to our inaugural hosted buyer program; we’re optimistic it’s going to be a very successful show overall.”
The Jewelers of America education program was also very well received, with retailers enthusiastically gleaning knowledge from an extensive group of experts.