Last month, our buyers had the very enviable task of going on a buying trip to Vegas (what a terrible job right?) Of course they weren't going off on a jolly holiday, but were heading to trade fairs to source new jewellery brands, products and trends to bring you here at QVC.
They saw some amazing pieces, and sourced some really exclusive designs and upcoming trends, but did also manage to take a few sneaky snaps of the sights as well.
So we can see what the glamorous life of a jet-setting buyer is really like, our gemstone buyer Doug gave us the lowdown on a day of their trip…
8am: attended a breakfast in the Four Seasons with our global colleagues – QVC US, Japan and Italy – to catch up on business.
8.45am: we headed off to the JCK jewellery fair, which is strictly for the jewellery trade only and is not open for the public. It is the most difficult fair to get into, but QVC has built up a great reputation. It is held in the Mandalay Bay convention centre which is the fifth largest convention centre in the US, covering 1.7million square feet and housing 3020 exhibitors (a regular UK jewellery fair is nearer the 550 mark) – it's huge!
Over 23,000 buyers attend from 99 countries to meet with existing suppliers and to see their whole range, which is perfect, as when they come over to see us they usually bring just a small part of their range due to luggage restictions.
9am: start the search for potential new suppliers and look at trends. We saw this amazing black rhodium and chocolate plated mesh, and a superb variety of blue gemstones – definitely potential trends to watch out for in the future.
Rhodium and chocolate-plated mesh set. Buyers Clare and Lynne selecting for our shows
11.45am: meetings begin. Because of the huge size of the fair, you have to plan your meetings carefully, otherwise you can end up walking 30 minutes between meetings! We have to make the best possible use of our time, so we plan meetings according to the suppliers' location in the fair.
2.45pm: had a really great meeting with Plumb Club, which is made up of different suppliers, including the gorgeous Honora. They showed us these one-off exclusive keshi earrings, an amazing vintage piece that will be coming to us in Septemeber on special limited availiabity.
3.30pm: stop for a quick refreshment – Doug needed an energy drink to get him through the day!
8.30pm: after back to back meetings throughout the day, we went for Dinner at Mix, an amazing restaurant with sumptuous decor – the bubbles you can see are made of Murano glass!
11.15pm: after dinner we went to see the fountain, and (when in Vegas) played roulette. Despite not even knowing how to play, Doug won $200!
If all of the above has whetted your Vegas appetite, fear not – we have just the thing with a fabulous Viva Las Vegas show at 1pm on Wednesday 9th July.
Tune in on Wednesday to see some gorgeous pieces and get a fab Vegas experience of your own. In the meantime, visit our jewellery department