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THENEXTNOW Emerging Designer Level of competition Announces Cyril Studio as Winner

THENEXTNOW function brings judges and designers together for one-on-one mentorship

Jewellery from participant Thesis Gems & Jewellery

Jewellery designers stop for a photo-op during the opposition round

Jewellery from participant Dana Bronfman

JudgeElana Zadjman of Instyle with Alysa Teichman of Ylang 23

Jewellery from participant Lindley Gray

Best thing for new and rising designers – networking!

Necklaces from Thesis Gems & Jewellery

Jewellery from participant Haas18

Designers stopping to pose for a photo during opposition

Jewelry from participant Lu Rebuffo

Designers taking a break during the occasion

Jewellery from participant Joon Han

Judge Marla Aaron with Alysa & Joanne Teichman of Ylang 23

Jewellery from participant Prounis Jewelry

Pictured in the middle, the winner of the competition Cyril Studio, along with Alysa & Joanne Teichman

Cyril Studioby Leila Mondof New York, NY took the top prize May 22, 2018 in the fourth edition ofTHENEXTNOW,a opposition for rising jewellery designers. Designer jewellery retailerYlang 23,in collaboration with NYC-based fashion incubator,TrendSeeder,hosted the celebration atBrand Assemblyin Flatiron.

THE WINNER: Leila Mondis a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She founded her company in 2017, drawing inspiration from optical phenomena and museum esthetics. Mond’s inspiration is light, and her jewelry, crafted in 14 karat, silver, and crystal evokes moonlit puddles, the earth’s ring setmolten core, and dustlight.

THE Opposition: 31 designers (hailing from destinations as far as Osaka, Japan and as close as Downtown New York) were selected to compete from a broader field. They had a chance to present a selection of their work to the panel of industry leaders and experts, all dedicated to identifying and nurturing emerging talent in a “science fair” format. The judges includedMarla Aaron,founder of Marla Aaron;Beth Bugdaycay,founder of Foundrae;Elana Zadjman,Accessories Editor at InStyle;Jodi Kaplan,Vice President of Non-Apparel at Moda Operandi;David Unich,Manager at Rainbowwave Showroom;Avani Patel,founder of Trendseeder; andJoanne Teichman,founder of Ylang 23.

NETWORKING PANEL: Upon the conclusion of the judging,Alysa Teichman,Vice President Business Development at Ylang 23, moderated a panel with the judges on the challenges, insights and state of the jewelry industry. Subjects discussed included how to allocate dollars for emerging designers, manage the shift to consignment, build brands on social media, remain authentic, and grab the attention of buy earrings online cheapretailers and editors.

After the panel, third edition winnerEva NogaannouncedLeila Mondas the winner.

Leila Mond will receive the following to help her build her brand:

Presentation on Ylang23.com with potential for purchase order.

Inclusion in Moda Operandi trunk show with potential for stand alone event.

Write-up on Instyle.com

6 Month Library Membership at Brand Assembly.

Invaluable mentorship by designers and jewelry industry heavy-hitters and a 1 year Trendsetter membership

The panel of judges for the first edition ofTHENEXTNOWselectedKirsty StoneofRetrouvaias the winner. Among other prizes, she received the opportunity to sell at Ylang 23. Since winning the competition,Retrouvaihas become a top-selling designer atYlang 23. She also sells her pieces at Barneys NY, Five Story, and Browns , among others. Before the competitionshe had no distribution.

The second and third editions wereARK Fine JewelryandEva Noga, respectively. Both are represented byYlang 23and other select retailers.

THENEXTNOWprovides a democratic model for designers to promote their talent…it is not just a springboard for its competition’s winners, but also a growing network for rising designers to be able to communicate with 1 another about common challenges associated with company growth.