Showcase Ireland to present a capsule collection of brands to trade buyers and press in New York
Craftsmanship, design integrity and quality are key traits of any designer. This is even more evident in Irish designers and craft makers, who add artistry, imagination, and storytelling to their creations.
Some of this luxury work by Irish designers and makers will be on display in New York at a Showcase event, commencing with an exclusive reception in Soho House on Wednesday, November 20 which will be hosted by the 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.
The capsule collection, which ranges from knitwear and Irish tweed clothing to jewelry and hand-cut crystal, is being presented to promote the quality and diversity of contemporary Irish design and craft in the US market.
Twelve brand owners will present selected work 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, 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.
Following the Showcase event, a number of meetings and other events will take place in New York. On November 21 and 22, a showroom for the Irish brands will be presented at Bank of Ireland’s headquarters on E 45th Street.
“This is a special event to bring creative Irish brands to New York and to connect them with US retailers and influencers. We are looking forward to introducing attendees to Showcase Ireland and welcoming them to Dublin in January 2020,” said Catie Riordan, VP of Consumer Retail at Enterprise Ireland.
This Showcase Ireland initiative is a collaboration between the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Consulate General of Ireland in New York, and is sponsored by Bank of Ireland. 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 Ireland’s largest and most important international trade fairs.
Irish brands showcasing work
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