Tuxedo-clad Jay King Named 2010 HSN Jewelry Authority
I want to personally thank everyone who tuned into the February event and made it such a success. The Today’s Special was a big hit. I have already had a lot of positive feedback from viewers who have already received their shipment. Another extremely popular item was the new turquoise inlay mesquite burlwood box. I was truly amazed at how fast they sold out. This was our first attempt at making a product that used all American materials, and was also handcrafted in America. This was more complex and difficult than anyone can imagine. Since I received such overwhelming support, I am now planning on many more products for this new line.
The second big thing that happened was that I was honored this year by HSN at the Partner Recognition Gala I was presented with an award for being the 2010 Jewelry Authority. This was quite unexpected and a complete surprise. As this was a formal affair, it caught me off guard for several reasons:
First of all, dressing up for me is a nice pair of cowboy boots, clean blue jeans, clean shirt and a sports coat. That’s about as fancy as it gets for me. Since I have only worn a tuxedo twice before in my life, this isn’t something I am comfortable with. The first time I wore one, I was sixteen and it was my senior prom.
The second time around was on the final voyage of the Queen Mary 11 across the Atlantic from Britain. The only reason I wore one then was because it was a requirement to dine at night. So, no tux no food! I did leave it on board though, swearing to never wear one again. Well, never say never! I bought another one, and this time I’ll keep it in the closet. The event turned out to be great fun and quite an experience.
Well, it’s time to dust off the passport and start getting ready for my next trip. I’ll be leaving on the 28th of February. If it all goes as planned, I should arrive back home on April 15th–just in time for my first show on April 17th.
I am looking forward to the trip and all I have planned so far. I’ll be travelling out West first to work on new designs, and then overseas to seek new rough materials and meet with some new miners I’ve lined up. At one point, I was planning to take the ferry over from Portugal to Morocco and look at new materials from Turkey and North Africa, but because of some of the political turmoil going on now I might have to rearrange this portion of the trip.
As always, I tend to fly by the seat of my pants, so I’ll keep you posted.
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