Meycauayan-based Kit Silver Jewellery, which won an award at the Creative ASEAN Jewellery Design Competition 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand, returns to Manila FAME on April 21-24 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
Manila FAME is the country’s premier design and lifestyle trade show and the undisputed Design and Lifestyle Event of Asia, organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the export promotion arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Themed “Iridescence,” which captures the color and vibrancy of Manila FAME, the April 2016 Manila FAME boutique edition will feature artisanal, green crafts, and luxe products for the home, holiday, and fashion sectors.
Kit Silver Jewellery’s Serpent was chosen as the regional winner among the Philippine finalists at the ASEAN competition last September. The Serpent was an intricate and intriguing fashion jewelry masterpiece made of pure Sterling silver with carved lapis lazuli blossoms, designed by the owner of Kit Silver Jewellery, Filipina designer and entrepreneur Milagros “Mila” Imson. Aside from a trophy, Mila was given the opportunity to exhibit her work at the 56th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair in September 2015 and to pay a study visit to John Hardy, a renowned jewelry company in Bali, Indonesia.
Kit Silver Jewellery has been in business since 1980 and has been using traditional jewelry-making methods, cutting-edge designs, and various locally-sourced materials to produce accessories that cater to local and international markets with discerning taste.
The company first joined Manila FAME in 2012—the same year in which it won the Katha Award for Best Product Design in Jewelry for its Feather Agate by Lafina Moda. From then on, Kit Silver Jewellery became a regular exhibitor at Manila FAME. When asked why the company continues to exhibit at the trade show, Mila said, “Through Manila FAME, we have new opportunities to meet new clients locally and abroad. Also, through Manila FAME, we are promoting local products that are handmade and uniquely designed by Filipinos.”
Manila FAME has played a huge role in Kit Silver Jewellery’s participation at the ASEAN Jewelry Design Competition 2015, with CITEM serving as Mila’s mentors for designing, along with the Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association, Inc. (MJIA). Through Manila FAME and MJIA, Mila also became an international trader, which has exposed her to various designs globally and helps her create designs tailored for European and Asian markets.
Since Kit Silver Jewellery’s success at the ASEAN Jewelry Design Competition last year, Mila has not only gained global recognition; she has gotten more opportunities to tie up with different designers overseas as well. Furthermore, the company’s products have increased in popularity, and more clients have started visiting its boutique.
With its return to Manila FAME this April, Kit Silver Jewellery will certainly captivate and inspire buyers and visitors once more as it exhibits its latest product collections. As in its previous products, it will be utilizing brass as the main metal, and will be using semi-precious stones as well. Moreover, it will be showcasing silver filigrees and tambourines, the company’s best sellers. It will also be showcasing export-quality bags with different materials and more innovative designs.
“We are expecting a new crowd this April 2016 edition of Manila FAME because of the new venue. And of course we’re anticipating more sales as well,” said Mila.
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“Serpent,” a wearable objet d’art by Philippine designer and entrepreneur Milagros “Mila” Imson was selected as one of the winners at the ASEAN Jewelry Design Competition 2015 held last September in Bangkok, Thailand. The jewelry set, handcrafted from silver and embellished with carved lapis lazuli blooms, presents a remarkable, modernized display of delicate jewelry metalwork that is distinctive in its asymmetry and intricacy.
Mila Imson, owner of the Kit Silver Jewelry company which manufactured the prize-winning “Serpent”, was awarded with an opportunity to showcase her creation at the 56th Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair on 10-14 September. She was also presented with a trophy as well as a study visit to the prestigious jewelry firm John Hardy in Bali, Indonesia.
Organized by the ASEAN Intellectual Property Offices in collaboration with the European Union, the ASEAN Jewelry Design Competition is part of the ASEAN Project on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights conceived to motivate creativity, excellence, and research in high-class, top-quality fashion jewelry, and to uphold original, innovative design as a significant marketing instrument among the ASEAN business community.
Participants to the competition include jewelry designers, artists, professionals in the fashion industry, students, and apprentices from ASEAN member-countries Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
From the hundreds of entries sent for the contest, five (5) designs were selected to be the national finalists by the Philippine panel of judges comprised of jeweler Mr. Hans Brumman, fashion icon Ms. Lulu Tan-Gan, Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Myrna Sunico, and Architect Daisy Palattao of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas’ Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO).
From these five jewelry designs that qualified for the regional stage, Mila Imson’s “Serpent” was named by the ASEAN regional judges as the winner from the Philippines alongside the winners from other member-countries. The regional judges are composed of experts in the jewelry, design, and fashion industry from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Spain, and Thailand.
Kit Silver Jewelry: leading the ranks in design excellence
Mila Imson’s company Kit Silver Jewelry was founded in 1980 in Meycauayan, Bulacan. Designing and manufacturing primarily gold accessories, the company expanded by adding silver and brass to its line of products and quickly acquired a bigger market. From selling in local bazaars, Kit Silver Jewelry has grown into an authoritative name in the industry of jewelry design and manufacture, exporting high-quality customized jewelry and accessories overseas to countries including France, Italy, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Despite its impressive and still growing list of stable clients abroad, Kit Silver Jewelry regularly exhibits at the bi-annual trade show Manila FAME to showcase new product designs, meet new buyers, open new and promising business networks and opportunities, and discover new design inspirations. In the recently concluded 62nd Manila FAME, Kit Silver Jewelry unveiled a vivid collection of fashion accessories abounding with a sense of luxury and grace that interplays with the organic beauty of nature, which is always an infinite source of inspiration for Mila Imson.
The 62nd Manila FAME, which ran from 15-18 October, featured fashion apparel and accessories, furniture, home decor and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, lamps and lighting crafted by Philippine SMEs for global export. To know more about the 62nd Manila FAME and the upcoming edition on April 2016, visit www.manilafame.com.