Eight Wexford companies to exhibit in RDS
Eight businesses from across Wexford will take part in Showcase - Ireland's International Creative Expo - in Dublin from January 24 until January 27.
2016 makes the 40th year of the Showcase which is one of Ireland's largest trade show for designers, manufactures and craftspeople.
Businesses in Wexford taking part comprise: Amanda Byrne Milliner (Tara Hill), Gloine Comhleá (Gorey), Kymaia (Gorey), Liwu Jewellery (Ballymoney), Mad 4 Hats by Patsy Flood O'Connor (Gusserane), Naoimh Prim Hand-printed Textiles (Gorey), Paul Maloney Pottery (Barntown) and Simone Walsh (Bridgetown).
Showcase has established itself as a must-see trade event, attracting more than 5,000 buyers from Ireland and over 20 countries keen to view the latest collections from more than 450 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople across Fashion, Jewellery and Home & Giftware. A particular emphasis is placed on new products to market, providing retailers with opportunities to discover and stock up on the latest design-led products, many of which are unique to the show.
This year, for the first time, Showcase will introduce The Knitwear Project, an exciting presentation of innovative Irish knitwear created by emerging and leading Irish designers and manufacturers. Collaborations include Peter O'Brien working with Donegal's Fisherman Out of Ireland and twice Oscar-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon working with Beacon Designs Ltd. in Cork. New and original work by companies such as Coletti from Wicklow, Ireland's Eye from Dublin and Ekotree from County Clare will be unveiled, and innovative designs from a strong cohort of recent graduates will also be on display. The new work developed through The Knitwear Project will be presented at Showcase 2016 in a special fashion show produced by Catherine Condell.
The Knitwear Project aims to highlight the potential of the Irish knitwear industry as a driver of Irish design, culture and exports. This new initiative has been led by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) working closely with both Enterprise Ireland in setting the brief and with an external panel of fashion and design experts, including Deirdre McQuillan, Catherine Condell and Angela O'Kelly, as advisors to the project.
Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland said: 'The rising number of buyers is a testament to the unique designs coming out of Ireland. We are excited to be part of such an iconic event.'