There’s no shortage of talent flocking to Austin these days. musicians, filmmakers and restaurateurs find their feet in the hidden gem of Texas, and this spring, jewelry designers will have their day.
From local boutique owner Elizabeth Serrato, the brilliant mind behind the Second Street District’s style landmark, Eliza Page, a grand plan to host budding jewelry designers and industry veterans under one roof was born. The idea is so genius, yet so simple that we can’t help but wonder: why didn’t anyone think of this before?
Here’s the 411. On Friday, April 30, Eliza Page, will open its doors for the inaugural Austin Shines event, a day-long soiree of sorts, pairing up-and-comers with tricks of the jewelry trade. Starting at noon, panels led by Austin-area experts will explore topics like entrepreneurship, public relations, marketing, production and manufacturing in the 2nd Street District at 416 W. Cesar Chavez. Who better to kick off the festivities with a keynote address than our very own local design celebrity, Kendra Scott? Other notable names include Marques Harper of the Austin American-Statesman, Lauren Smith Ford of Tribeza and Gail Chovan of Blackmail boutique, just to name a few.
But wait, there’s more.
Aspiring jewelry designers have submitted collections for a chance sell their line at Eliza Page for three months and win a $1,000 Austin-area shopping spree courtesy of Launch 787. There are two chances to land the prizes, either by being named the “Judge’s Shining Star” or the “People’s Shining Star”, selected by Austinites in-store. The big winners will be announced at the evening cocktail reception following the speakers at 5:30pm.
Be sure to visit www.austinshines.com for more info. You won’t want to miss out on the social event of spring that’s sure to have the town talking.