Kilkenny Group’s Scéal 2019 features Irish fashion & jewellery in collaboration with DCCoI

Posted 03.09.19

Kilkenny, the home of Irish craft and design, has announced the return of Scéal: A story of Irish design following its successful inaugural year in 2018. This year sees a new collection of designers take centre stage in Kilkenny’s flagship Nassau Street store from September 2nd to 29th in collaboration with Design IrelandTM presented by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.

Scéal is a celebration of the unique relationship that Kilkenny has with its makers and the commitment the retailer has shown over their decades in business to nurturing and growing emerging Irish design talent. Scéal will tell each supplier’s individual narrative and champion the craft and love that goes into each piece.

From the beginning of September, Kilkenny is hosting an exclusive Irish fashion pop-up which features a whole host of talented Irish designers including:

  • Jill & Gill: Award-winning print and illustration duo who specialise in fashion, design and fine art
  • Reuben Avenue: Sustainable brand using only natural and recycled materials in each of their handcrafted pieces
  • Pearl Reddington: Contemporary Irish knitwear designer combining luxury Irish wool with cutting edge knit techniques
  • Sookyoung Song: Dublin-based designer who incorporates a vivid colour palette into each of her pieces
  • The Beaded Gem: Dublin milliner Jennifer Kelly who creates hand beaded headbands and headpieces

Each are showcasing their products in the Nassau Street store in Dublin for a limited time only and while stocks last.

In addition to this, Emma Manley the designer behind contemporary Irish fashion brand, Manley and who partook in Scéal back in 2018 is in Kilkenny’s High Street Galway store for the month of September. Kilkenny favourite Bernie Murphy is also back and has expanded their range this year due to their growing popularity.

From Bench to Business

The Kilkenny Group also welcomes four recent jewellery design graduates from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course to find Ireland's best emerging jewellery designer. The graduates feature as part of Kilkenny’s ‘From Bench to Business’ programme which was launched four years ago with DCCoI to help nurture and develop emerging design talent.

Following a competition in which the final year jewellery students pitched a concept for a commercial jewellery range to long-standing Kilkenny jewellery buyer, Una Heelan, the four graduates – David McCauleyEve DoyleJodie White and Mark Newman – were selected to receive mentoring in range development, pricing, visual merchandising and marketing to develop a commercial collection in four months and will have the opportunity to sell their collections in Kilkenny’s flagship store, Nassau Street for the month of September.

At the end of the month, one of these graduates will be selected as Ireland’s best emerging jewellery designer and will win a €1,000 bursary. Voting is open to the public, and you can do so instore when you make a purchase or online here.

To thank customers for supporting Irish design, Kilkenny is offering a €20 voucher with any purchase over €100 for the month of September to spend in store or online. With 17 stores nationwide, Kilkenny stocks over 32,000 products from 400 leading Irish and international brands across a variety of categories including Textiles, Jewellery, Glassware, Art and Prints, Ceramics, Pottery, Fragrance, Beauty + Wellness, Fashion and Accessories.

For more information on Scéal visit or follow them on social media @kilkennyshop

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