Showcase Ireland 2018 opens its doors 21st January

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Image: Scarf by Debbie Millington, ceramic milk bottles by Rebecca Killen, choker and leather earrings by Scribble & Stone

Showcase Ireland is of the country’s largest international trade fairs, welcoming over 5,000 buyers from Ireland and more than 20 countries including the UK, North America, Germany, Italy, Japan and UAE over the four days of the show which runs from Sunday the 22nd until Wednesday, 24th January.

Founded by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland 42 years ago, Showcase is an international launch pad for the 450 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople who unveil their new season collections across fashion, jewellery, home and giftware. Each year, a particular provide retailers with opportunities to discover and stock up on the latest design-led products, many of which are unique to the show.

At the heart of Showcase 2018, Design Ireland features 80 leading contemporary Irish brands chosen by an independent jury for their creativity, innovation and craftsmanship. All the products in this dedicated area of the Main Hall have been designed and made with passion in Ireland.

For 2018, Showcase introduces MADE/Slow, a special presentation of quality design featuring beautiful products to adorn the body, dress the home and warm the soul, designed to be loved and cherished forever, not cast aside. The work featured in MADE/Slow is designed and made in Ireland providing sustainable rural employment through the combination of technology and traditional production methods.

Brands participating in MADE/Slow include: 

Fisherman Out of Ireland, Ireland’s Eye, Avoca, Foxford, Mourne Textiles, Magee, Westend Knitwear, Triona, Coletti, Áine, Ros Duke, Ballyshane, A. Mullane Design, me&him&you, Brookfield Farm, Paul Coyle Jewellery, Tracy Gilbert Designs, Debbie Millington and Gallardo & Blaine Designs.  

The fashion and textile products selected for MADE/Slow are being introduced at a vibrant fashion show curated by renowned stylist Catherine Condell.

Throughout the show beautiful new timber shelving units, designed by award-winning exhibition designer, Steven McNamara of ROJI and made in Ireland by Klimmek Furniture, present tastefully curated displays of the best and most innovative products as selected by specialist curators Alanna Gallagher (Home & Gift) and Natasha Sherling (Jewellery).

At the heart of Showcase 2018, Design Ireland features 80 leading contemporary Irish brands chosen by an independent jury for their creativity, innovation and craftsmanship. All the products in this dedicated area of the Main Hall have been designed and made with passion in Ireland.

Showcase Ireland takes place in the RDS from Sunday 22nd until Wednesday the 24th January 2018. For more information visit: www.showcaseireland.com

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