Mariani, Fope, Busatti, Vendorafa, Gismondi 1754 are the Italian jewelers among the winners and finalists of the Couture Awards, which were held last week in Las Vegas
Monday, 30 August 2021,
by VO+ Magazine
Mariani - Best in Gold
The 2021 edition of the COUTURE Design Awards took place last week and the excitement surrounding the event was palpable. The thrill of being together again in person coupled with the buzz of anticipation among the designers and brands who entered pieces into the competition created a sense of elation, and a high level of flare and glamour on the event stage in the Outdoor Pavilion perfectly encapsulated the mood of the celebratory evening. Opening up the event was COUTURE Director and EVP, Emerald, Gannon Brousseau, «While I obviously wasn’t at the first COUTURE, I’ve heard all the stories. I’m told it was an intrepid band of misfits who came together to define the industry, united by a shared love of beauty and design and a deep appreciation for one another. What I see here tonight reminds me a lot of those stories. All of you, against all odds, coming together, believing in this event, believing in each other and showing up, because this is COUTURE and that’s what we do.» The winners and finalists of the 12 primary categories are selected by a panel of judges, while Editors’ Choice and People’s Choice are voted upon by attending media and retailers. This year’s judges were Kareem Rasheed of Robb Report, Fashion Correspondent Lynn Yaeger, designer Silvia Furmanovich, Liebe Gamble of June Simmons Jewelers, and Yael Reinhold Lipnik of Reinhold Jewelers. Among the Italian winners and finalists: Mariani in first place for the Gold category, Fope second in the Men category, Busatti second in the Bridal category, Vendorafa and Gismondi 1754 finalists in the Editors and People Choice sections.