You Had to Be There: July–August 2012 Editor’s Letter

My favorite moments of jewelry market week in Las Vegas are the unscripted ones—the chance encounters in the aisles of the show, the unscheduled run-ins at a lunchtime hot spot, the impromptu reunions on the dance floor. Every JCK show has its share of surprising get-togethers, but this year felt blessed with more than usual.There was the press dinner I attended on Sunday night, June 3, just before OneRepublic performed at the Rocks the Beach party at Mandalay Bay. I’d been invited to the restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel by the guys behind 2(X)IST, the premium men’s underwear brand. They’ve partnered with award-winning product designer Jason Wilbur and are getting ready to launch their first brand extension into timepieces in the fall. The private dinner for 12 introduced us to Wilbur and gave us sneak peeks of the stylish new watch he’s got cooking.I was seated next to a g

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