I'm looking forward to exploring ideas about "Value, Values, and Enduring Design" this week at the NYC Conference of that name from Thursday, December 2 – Saturday, December 4, 2010.
The organizers have brought together more than two dozen experts and leaders in fashion and jewelry to address the questions of what do we value in fashion and design? The rare? The classic? Or the new, the sometimes painful “bleeding edge?” Do we value that which is eco-sensitive or the beautiful-but-scarce?
Do we value a maker’s history of integrity, a corporate commitment to quality, a dedication to a tradition of craft? Or do we prize an object or garment irrespective of who made it or what went into creating it?
Fashion is ephemeral and of the moment, but at the same time maintains a dialogue with the past, unconsciously or ironically recycling, reinventing, and renewing.
The jewelry speakers of this two-day event are:
Friday, Dec. 3rd
3-3:30 Patek Philippe: Values of a Family-Owned Watch Company. Larry Pettinelli.
4 - 4:30 Quality, Creativity, and Continuity: Adam Heyman.
4:30 -5 Value and Values. Angelina Chen, Prince Dimitri, Adam Heyman, Gregory Kwiat, Ann Lange, Edward Lewand; Patti J. Geolat, moderator.
Saturday, Dec 4th
2-2:40 21st-Century Heirlooms: Bold Design, Precious Materials, and New Frontiers. Todd Reed.
And in between there are presentations by Anna Sui, David Wolfe, Koos Van Den Akker, Hamish Bowles, Hal Rubenstein and many others.
The day’s formal sessions will take place at The Graduate Center, City University Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street).
You can read more on their website here.
Todd Reed rose cut and raw diamond cuff from www.toddreed.com