Interview With New David Webb Owner

Mark Emanuel, one of three new owners of famed jeweler David Webb, very generously took some time to talk with me yesterday about their plans for the company. And it certainly sounds like they have a full plate:

– The company’s two stores, in New York and Beverly Hills, will remain open.

– He noted that all the company’s “financial issues have been resolved” and now they are looking for a “first-rate” management team to run the company.

– The first goal is to boost production at the company’s workshop and recreate some 40 to 50 “iconic” Webb pieces.

– Emanuel also wants to bring the design house “into the 21st century,” by increasing PR and marketing efforts and “creating new and exciting pieces that are respectful of David Webb yet also have relevance for today.”

– A division will be created to buy vintage Webb jewelry on the open market.

– There are plans for a book on Webb’s jewelry.

– The new owners also want to develop an “authentication model” for Webb pieces. “There has been controversy over illegitimate Webb pieces and we plan to tighten that up and create a consistent model that makes sense and has integrity,” Emanuel said.

– “We take the role of honoring David Webb very seriously,” Emanuel stressed. “It’s a tremendous name that is recognized all over the world and we want to do it justice. We have to be respectful and humble. It’s a company that we are still trying to understand and learn about at the same time we have to make hard decisions about how to direct the company.”

– Interestingly, the three new owners were also involved in the purchase of legendary jeweler Fred Leighton in November 2009.