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Duquesa Marketing Announces “Star” Award Presentation by Swiss Jewelry Client Gilbert Albert

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Duquesa Marketing, Inc.

www.duquesamarketing.com 

Press Release

For Immediate Release:

June 19, 2011

Contact:  Geoff Ficke

 859-567-1609

 gficke@msn.com

 Duquesa Marketing Announces “Star” Award Presentation by Swiss Jewelry Client Gilbert Albert 

Rising International Ballet Talents to Be Honored June 27, 2011 At the Famed Rustavelli State Theatre in Tblisi, Goergia 

Florence, KY    Geoff Ficke, President of award winning International Product Development and Marketing Consulting firm Duquesa Marketing announced today that legendary Swiss Jeweler Gilbert Albert will award the “Star” award to rising international ballet talent this June 27 at the historic Rustavelli State Theatre in Tblisi, Georgia. Gilbert Albert pioneered the “Star” award with Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili in 2003. 

“Gilbert Albert, in addition to being the most revered living Swiss jeweler, has been a major supporter of the arts, philanthropy and environmental causes”, said Geoff Ficke. “Mr. Albert’s special medium involves elements of nature in each unique piece he creates and this is so beautifully achieved in the “Star” award. We are honored to have Mr. Albert as a client”. 

“In the ballet world winning the “Star” is confirmation that these amazing young talents are ready to launch enduring international careers”, said Alexis Bruning, V.P. of New Business Development for Duquesa Marketing. “Lashi Khozashvili of the Boston Ballet, David Hallberg of the American Ballet Theatre and Yevgenia Obraztsoza of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg are among the dancers who have seen their careers skyrocket after winning the “Star”.

“The “Star” was originally designed in Gilbert Albert’s world famous atelier in Geneva”, said Nancy Ficke, General Manager of Duquesa Marketing. “It is evocative of a Sea Star. The award is made on a lace form with pink diamonds and a black deck. Like all of Gilbert Albert’s work the piece is stunning”.

The Pedestrian Umbrella Becomes a Prized Luxury Accessory When Made by Swaine Adeney Brigg

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

by: Geoff Ficke

The Pedestrian Umbrella Becomes a Prized Luxury Accessory When Made by Swaine Adeney Brigg 

People of a certain age will well remember the classic British television series “The Avengers”. The shows main character Steed was as famous for the umbrella he wielded as for the daring skirmishes undertaken to save Britain from sinister evil do-er’s. Steed’s formidable sidekick, the gorgeous Emma Peel quipped, “I’d like you to listen to this umbrella”. The Whangee umbrella that was utilized so memorably as a prop in the show actually possesses quite an interesting history. 

For over 250 years the venerable London store of Swaine Adeney Brigg has supplied British gentlemen with equestrian and country clothing, leather goods and umbrellas. Located in the St. James area, one of London’s most exclusive, and home to the most influential gentlemen’s clubs, the store has supplied the elite of British society virtually since opening in 1750. 

The umbrella for which Swaine Adeney Brigg is famous is the Brigg umbrella, the same umbrella used by Steed, business tycoons, actors, politicians and discerning British gentlemen for generations. Designed originally by Thomas Brigg, the Brigg Umbrella has served Queen and country for most of the past 250 years. England’s famously damp and dreary climate makes the umbrella a vital accessory, and no British gentleman would be caught carrying anything but a Brigg umbrella.  

Swaine Adeney Brigg enjoys a Royal Warrant from the Prince of Wales for the Brigg umbrella. They have kept the Royal Family dry for generations. A Brigg umbrella can cost from $500 to $2,000 per piece. The store creates units to order and will customize assembly and detail as per client requirements. This level of service and luxury is emblematic of the British bespoke tradition. The Brigg umbrella enjoys added fame for its eccentric appearance, including gold and silver

Collar’s which can be engraved. 

The Whangee style of Brigg umbrella is the most popular. Whangee is a type of bamboo which is grown in very specific soil on a steep gradient. This exposes the bamboo to the elements more fully. After harvesting on bamboo plantations in Asia it is then shipped to England. At the Company’s factory the shoots are bleached, boiled and then straightened. It is then worked into the artesian designed handles that are attached to the proprietary Briggs shaft and frame. 

Swaine Adeney Brigg has created a unique niche for all of their product offerings. In addition to Brigg umbrellas the Company has maintained Royal Warrants for other products and is most proud of its long relationship with the House of Windsor. 

Any visit to London is enhanced by a walk through the grand St. James area and time spent at Swaine Adeney Brigg. This most British emporium is a throwback to a time when product construction was paramount and personal. Modern Marketing Strategies required to commercialize Brigg umbrella’s and the Company’s other Luxury Goods is unnecessary. History, referrals, word of mouth and the never changing desirability for the acquisition of the “best” insures this famous store’s continued success. Do not miss it if you travel to great Britain.

Renowned Swiss Jeweler Gilbert Albert and Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili to Award 3rd “Star” Prize

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Duquesa Marketing, Inc.

www.duquesamarketing.com

 

Press Release

For Immediate Release:

June 18, 2011

Contact:  Geoff Ficke

 859-567-1609

 gficke@msn.com

 Renowned Swiss Jeweler Gilbert Albert and Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili to Award 3rd “Star” Prize

Rising International Ballet Talents to Be Honored June 27, 2011 At the Rustaveli State Theatre in Tblisi, Goergia 

Geneva, Switzerland Famed Swiss Jeweler Gilbert Albert, announced today that he and Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili will jointly award the third annual “Star” prize to rising young ballet talents at a special show, June 27 at the Rustavelli State Theatre in Tblisi. Mr. Albert and Ms. Ananiashvili pioneered the award in 2003 to recognize the importance of supporting and encouraging young ballet artists. 

“Previous winners of the “Star” include magnificent young talents such as Lasha Khozashvili of the Boston Ballet, Yevgenia Obraztsoza of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg and David Hallberg of the American Ballet Theatre, among others”, said Nina Ananiashvili. “Winning the”Star” award is confirmation within the Ballet world of the excellence of these amazing young talents”.  

The “Star” was designed and created by legendary Master Jeweler Gilbert Albert, who is renowned for his use of natural elements in each of his creations. “The “Star” is made in the form of a Sea Star”, said Mr. Albert. “Of course, I could have looked at the sky, but then the “Star” would not have been so stunning.” The prize piece is made from a laced form with pink diamonds on a black deck. 

Gilbert Albert, in addition to his renown as Switzerland’s most honored living jeweler, is famed for his philanthropy and support of the performing arts and environmental organization and issues. His collaboration with Nina Ananiashvili to pioneer the coveted “Star” prize is indicative of this commitment.