Sofia Kaman had a lot to celebrate when she threw a party at her jewelry boutique in August. For one thing, her Venice, CA, store had been named INSTORE’s coolest store in America in the “Small Cool” division in 2017.

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Party celebrates Sofia Kaman's year of highlights, including top honors in INSTORE contest.

Sofia Kaman had a lot to celebrate when she threw a party at her jewelry boutique in August. For one thing, her Venice, CA, store had been named INSTORE’s coolest store in America in the “Small Cool” division in 2017. 

The store has become a destination for those seeking alternative custom bridal engagement and wedding rings, boho-chic signature collections, or a one of a kind curated piece of antique jewelry. Kaman is a two-time winner of the Couture Jewelry Awards for her innovation and bridal designs.

She was also celebrating nine years in her location on the popular shopping street, Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and launching a new, Victorian-inspired collection, The Language of Flowers.

The goal was to celebrate with her loyal clients, who have helped make the business what it is today, as well as to encourage new visitors who wanted to come discover a “cool” place to shop for fine jewelry.

“It was really fun,” Kaman says. “It was a hit, I’d say.”

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A Floral Theme

Floral designer Amy Nicole embellished the exterior window of the boutique with a floral installation. Because it included both real and silk flowers, the decoration continued to frame the front window for months after the event.

During the party it also served as a photo backdrop. Guests and window shoppers who were photographed in front of the window display and posted their image to Instagram using the hashtag #coolestjewel while following and tagging @sofiakaman were automatically entered to win a pair of Shooting Star 14K yellow gold and diamond pavé stud earrings valued at $1,285. 

The new collection is inspired by the Victorian use of floral symbolism in jewelry and represents the fusion she strives for in every collection — a balancing act between detail and simplicity. She also was able to incorporate enameling into her work by introducing engraveable signet rings. “They are ornate, with a modern touch,” she says.

During the party, cocktails with a floral motif and edible floating flowers were served.

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Throwing a Party 101

They invited clients by email, announced the party on social media and invited passersby to stop in as well.

“Like any other event, the more organized you are, the more seamless the day goes,” she says. Kaman schedules events every season, but the reasons for them always change. She’s collaborated with an antiques dealer, held a wreath-making workshop and for 2018 is planning a collaboration with an illustrator who works with wedding industry businesses that use sketch work for marketing materials. The theme will be jewelry sketching.

“Events are important,” Kaman says. “When people are thinking about you more often and associating you with fun and creative things, it keeps them wondering what’s going to happen next season.”

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Rewards of Cool Store Status

Kaman says while it’s been exciting to show off the top Cool Store award, the application process was beneficial, too.

“Any time you do a contest, you have to organize your assets. It makes you think about things you don’t think about all the time, like ‘is our marketing all in line?’ and ‘are we sending out newsletters?’ It’s a way to look at all your systems. It was a good reflection into things, without being too much work.”

As for the party, Kaman invited everyone who had worked with her over the years, part-time or as consultants in graphics, marketing or photography to celebrate the store’s success.

“Our clients were all like, `Well, I already knew that you were cool!’

“We have the trophy in front of the store. It reinforces people’s confidence in us. It’s been nothing but a positive experience.”


This article originally appeared in the January 2018 edition of INSTORE.


 
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