Irish designers and makers to show their latest work in New York

Posted 18.11.19

Showcase Ireland presents a capsule collection of brands to trade buyers and press in New York

L-R: Rathbornes 1488, Magee 1866, Hanna Hats

Luxury work by Irish designers and makers will feature in a showcase of design and craft from Ireland in New York this month. The capsule collection, which ranges from knitwear and Irish Tweed clothing to jewellery and hand-cut crystal, is being presented to promote the quality and diversity of contemporary Irish design and craft in the US market.

This Showcase Ireland initiative is a collaboration between Design & Crafts Council Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland in New York, and is sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

A number of meetings and events will take place in New York over three days. The programme will commence with an exclusive reception in Soho House on Wednesday, November 20 which will be hosted by Consul General of Ireland Ciarán Madden. The reception will be attended by leading retailers, distributors and importers of Irish goods and trade media in the apparel and lifestyle sector.

Twelve brand owners from Ireland will be present with their work:

Selected work from these 12 brands will be presented in a capsule display on the evening along with that of 20 other Irish designers and makers from the annual Showcase Ireland trade fair. This preview of work from Showcase Ireland will provide guests with a unique opportunity to engage with the brands and learn more about the process and inspiration behind the featured work.

A highlight of the reception will be the US premiere of FÍ, a short film on Irish heritage textiles and contemporary fashion design by acclaimed director Perry Ogden in collaboration with Paula Hughes. Following the screening of FÍ, Samantha Barry, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour Magazine will lead a discussion exploring the vision and influences behind the film, in conversation with Perry Ogden, knitwear designer Colin Burke and Rosy Temple, Marketing Manager, Magee 1866.

On Thursday and Friday, November 21 and 22, a showroom for the Irish brands will be presented at Bank of Ireland’s Innovation Lab on 140 E 45th Street, where pre-scheduled buying appointments have been arranged, maximising opportunities for the Irish designers and makers to meet and do business with leading retailers in the US market. Mentoring sessions will also take place with experts in fashion and luxury from the New York area.   

All of the Irish brands on show in New York are exhibiting at Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo™ in Dublin, January 19 – 22, 2020. Showcase is one of the Ireland’s largest and most important international trade fairs which takes place in Dublin each January. The Design & Crafts Council Ireland is the main driver behind this world-class annual fair focused on Irish creativity, offering visiting buyers an unparalleled opportunity to meet with over 400 of Ireland’s leading designers, manufacturers and craftspeople. The show, which marks its 44th edition in 2020, is promoted internationally by Enterprise Ireland and buyers attend Showcase from 26 countries around the world to source apparel, knitwear, jewellery and homeware lifestyle products from Ireland.

Additional information:

About FÍ
The word FÍ means to weave a fabric or a story, and it was also used in old Irish to describe interlacing and closely-knit communities. Presenting the work of over 40 designers, the film was commissioned by the Design & Crafts Council Ireland to highlight the breadth of creative and manufacturing talent in Ireland’s fashion and textile sector. This beautifully crafted work of film weaves together Ireland’s breath-taking landscapes, the diverse faces of modern Ireland and exquisite fashion design – from both heritage tweed and linen companies to contemporary designers. It reflects how Ireland’s textile heritage in linen, lace, tweed, leather and knitwear finds a new energy when intertwined with contemporary design, sustaining regional and rural communities and their way of life in a changing world.

The 20 other Irish brands on display in New York will be:

  • Studio Donegal (Irish Tweed)
  • Fisherman Out of Ireland (knitwear)
  • Diem Pottery & Design Studio (ceramics)
  • Kopper Kreation (lighting)
  • Bogman Beanies (knitwear)
  • Red Rufus (soft toys)
  • Jill & Gill (fashion)
  • Scribble & Stone (jewellery)
  • McNutt of Donegal (textiles)
  • Pearl Reddington (knitwear)
  • Fawe Collection (jewellery)
  • Jando (prints)
  • Danu Ceramics (ceramics)
  • The Dualist (fashion)
  • John Hanly & Co. Ltd. (textiles)
  • Nicholas Mosse (pottery)
  • Solvar (jewellery)
  • Jerpoint Glass (glass)
  • Mucros Weavers (textiles)
  • J.C. Walsh & Sons Ltd. (jewellery)

About Showcase
Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo™ is one of the country’s largest international trade shows.  The annual event attracts the buying teams from 2,580 retailers from across the world, including Ireland, the UK, USA, Mainland Europe and the Far East, generating sales orders of over €20 million during the four days of the show. Showcase is presented on behalf of the Design & Crafts Council Ireland, with support from Enterprise Ireland in promoting the trade show internationally through their network of offices overseas, and the Local Enterprise Offices nationwide. More than 400 Irish brands are exhibited at the fair, including emerging Irish businesses supported by their Local Enterprise Offices. Showcase is for trade attendance only.  

About Design & Crafts Council Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCI currently has over 60 member organisations and more than 3,000 registered clients.

About Bank of Ireland
Bank of Ireland Group is one of the largest financial services groups in Ireland. The Group provides a broad range of services in Ireland with selected services being offered in the UK and internationally. Through its US offices, Bank of Ireland is committed to offering a strong and diversified range of Corporate and Treasury products in the US, with a goal of building quality, long-term relationships by delivering consistent and timely financing solutions for its customers. In 2017 Bank of Ireland opened the New York Innovation Lab, an incubation space that supports the Group’s customers as they seek to grow their business and enter the US market.

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