Designer’s Advocate: Simon Alcantara on Creativity, Authenticity & Empowering Artists

Simon Alcantara remembers attending a dinner at Norwood, a private club nestled in a brownstone on 14th Street in New York City, at the behest of Chris Del Gatto, then-chairman and CEO of jewelry resale company Circa. It was 2012, and Del Gatto had gathered a number of jewelry designers from the Council of Fashion Designers of America—Dean Harris, Kara Ross, Waris Ahluwalia, and Pamela Love, among them—with one goal in mind: exposure for the industry. “He felt that jewelry designers didn’t get the same amount as apparel designers,” says Alcantara, “which is, obviously, true.”  Things that night started off in the right direction. Alcantara was excited. But at the next get-together, this time at Andaz Fifth Avenue, his enthusiasm had waned.  “I don’t know if I should be saying this…” Alcantara begins, his voice trailing off to a pause. “I’m just g

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