Couture Club to host an Internet forum, and Forbes as keynote at the JA Show

The Couture Diamond Leadership Conference will host a luncheon discussion by Internet experts at the Couture Club at JA New York on Monday, July 26, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

James Hurley, associate director of Bear Stearns & Co., will present research findings from the company’s in-depth analysis of the new jewelry e-tailing world. Following, Ann Poletti, director, Jewelry & Watches, eBay, Inc.; Eric Broussard, Amazon.com vice president of Jewelry; and Ofer Azrielant, chairman/CEO of Jewelry.com will discuss Internet issues in an informal, talk show format.

Following the Internet luncheon, the Couture Club will offer members the expertise of Temel Inc., an integrated marketing communications company and a pioneer in providing, will conduct an Internet Workshop from 2 to 3 PM on branding strategies for the Internet, usability “best practices,” and ways to reach a targeted audience through branded multi-channel communications. A white paper will be available for all Couture Club participants.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Couture retailers can sign up for free one-on-one 15-minute Web site Strategy Sessions with a Temel representative. Sign-up is on a first come first served basis.

On, July 25, at 12:30 p.m., Couture Club will present its keynote/luncheon speaker, Steve Forbes, president/CEO of Forbes, Inc. and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, who will provide his economic forecast with a focus on the effect of the 2004 elections on the luxury market.

The Couture Club is a private networking and meeting venue accessible for Couture retailers and exhibitors at the summer and winter JA New York Shows by invitation-only. Produced by Couture Jewellery Collection & Conference in association with JANY and VNU Expositions, Couture Club provides complimentary cappuccino, lunch, refreshments, cocktails, concierge, business, and meeting facilities. For information, call 646-654-7669.