Aishleen Lester Revealed as Successful Kickstarter for IJL 2018


International Jewellery London has announced the six winning designers selected as the 2018 IJL KickStarters.

As many of you know IJL run a fantastic mentoring scheme every year offering six up-and-coming designers the opportunity to exhibit at IJL. Now in its tenth year, this unique mentoring scheme will offer support in areas where emerging artists need it most; marketing, press and media! The five lucky winners will also receive support from IJL co-sponsors, the  National Association of Jewellers. This programme is now recognised as one of the most successful mentoring and support programmes out there and prides itself on unearthing amazing talent in the city. 

Everyone at Le Ster was delighted that Aishleen, as one of the winners, was invited by IJL to speak on the radio and outside Kensington Palace ahead of the Royal Wedding. 


June will see the Kickstart winners immersed in a one-day workshop followed by a VIP and industry event in the evening. There will be plenty of media and press present to be introduced to the new-comers so I am sure it'll be an exciting evening. 

On being selected, Aishleen says: “I am really excited to be part of Kickstart. The training day will be so useful providing bespoke advice from leading industry experts. I can’t wait to meet the other jewellers and feel part of a team in the lead up to the show, sharing knowledge and experiences and the show itself is a fantastic opportunity to showcase my first collection to potential stockists, stylists and jewellery press. So looking forward to it, thank you IJL!”

Sarah Kitley-Spencer, IJL Show Manager, comments: “Congratulations to all of our six KickStart designers. As ever, they show exceptional creative flair and their styles are very diverse, making for an interesting collective at IJL 2018. We look forward to getting to know them all better at their pre-show workshop in June and are confident they will all benefit from this unique commercial launch pad. This is just the first, very exciting step on their IJL journey.”

Congratulations to all the other Kickstaters Karina Fagras, Blush & Bashful, Ruth Chipperfield, Ruth Mary Jewellery, Helen Mangral, Helen Rankin Jewellery, Natalie Ball, Natalie Perry Jewellery, Elisavet Messi, Elisavet Mess