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Innovative Events That Succeeded

Outside The Box: James Free Jewelers

Published in the July/August 2012 issue

In partnership with Roberto Coin and Town & Country, James Free Jewelers hosted a private event at the exclusive Tower Club nearby. Guests enjoyed dinner while draping themselves in Roberto Coin jewelry, which included the debut of his newest designs, all selected and presented by Peter Webster, co-owner of Roberto Coin.

Outside The Box: James Free Jewelers 

INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL KARAMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF JAMES FREE

How successful was the event?

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I would rate the event a 9 out of 10. We defined the success of the event by purchases made and by comments from the customers. Customers who attended were amazed at the amount of Roberto Coin and Cento jewelry available. They were ecstatic to see one-of-a-kind designs, to try them on, and to really experience the craftsmanship of Roberto Coin.

Why did you host the event in the Tower Club?

We treat our private events as a family gathering, and holding it at the Tower Club gave the dinner a more intimate feel versus having it in the store. The customers were very impressed by the atmosphere. They appreciated the attention to detail and simply raved about the fare, saying that it was world-class.

What did having Peter Webster at the event add to the experience?

Having Mr. Webster attend the event demonstrated to the customers and even the staff the sincerity of Roberto Coin and our meaning to the brand. Our relationship with Mr. Coin and Mr. Webster goes back to the beginning, so it was only natural that he attend the event.

How was TOWN & COUNTRY involved?

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For two years now, Town & Country has added a finesse, charm and delicate touch that only they could do. It “hosts” a small number of events tied into the publication every year across the country. They worked with the venue to pick the menu/wines, helped design the room, and coordinated the photographs that were featured in the publication’s February issue.

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Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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Outside The Box: James Free Jewelers

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Outside The Box: James Free Jewelers

Innovative Events That Succeeded

Outside The Box: James Free Jewelers

Published in the July/August 2012 issue

In partnership with Roberto Coin and Town & Country, James Free Jewelers hosted a private event at the exclusive Tower Club nearby. Guests enjoyed dinner while draping themselves in Roberto Coin jewelry, which included the debut of his newest designs, all selected and presented by Peter Webster, co-owner of Roberto Coin.

Outside The Box: James Free Jewelers 

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INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL KARAMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF JAMES FREE

How successful was the event?

I would rate the event a 9 out of 10. We defined the success of the event by purchases made and by comments from the customers. Customers who attended were amazed at the amount of Roberto Coin and Cento jewelry available. They were ecstatic to see one-of-a-kind designs, to try them on, and to really experience the craftsmanship of Roberto Coin.

Why did you host the event in the Tower Club?

We treat our private events as a family gathering, and holding it at the Tower Club gave the dinner a more intimate feel versus having it in the store. The customers were very impressed by the atmosphere. They appreciated the attention to detail and simply raved about the fare, saying that it was world-class.

What did having Peter Webster at the event add to the experience?

Having Mr. Webster attend the event demonstrated to the customers and even the staff the sincerity of Roberto Coin and our meaning to the brand. Our relationship with Mr. Coin and Mr. Webster goes back to the beginning, so it was only natural that he attend the event.

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How was TOWN & COUNTRY involved?

For two years now, Town & Country has added a finesse, charm and delicate touch that only they could do. It “hosts” a small number of events tied into the publication every year across the country. They worked with the venue to pick the menu/wines, helped design the room, and coordinated the photographs that were featured in the publication’s February issue.

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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