The impact of design, craftsmanship, and talent from Irish designers and crafters extends much further than the island’s borders. Irish creators are recognized worldwide for their attention to detail, commitment to sustainability, and exceptional product quality. This year, retail buyers from around the globe will have the opportunity to connect with some of the most innovative Irish designers and crafters through a virtual format to hear their stories and get the first look at their new collections at the Showcase Virtual Showrooms.
Showcase Ireland is one of the Irish retail industry’s largest annual international trade fairs, supported by Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) and Enterprise Ireland. Showcase Ireland gives Irish designers and crafters the opportunity to display their world-class, high-quality work featuring unique contemporary and heritage designs. Every product in the Showcase Virtual Showrooms is thoughtfully crafted and has a story behind it.
“Now in its 45th year, Showcase Ireland curates an inspirational display of consumer and lifestyle products that reflects Ireland’s distinguished global reputation for excellence in design and creativity. This year’s Showcase Virtual Showrooms will highlight internationally-recognized Irish brands alongside upcoming designers and crafters from Ireland — all exhibiting the latest trends, innovative designs, and quality products using traditional skills,” said Sean Davis, Regional Director, North America at Enterprise Ireland. “Through our network of 40 offices, Enterprise Ireland’s international teams promote Showcase to buyers worldwide. This year, the Showcase Virtual Showroom will enable Enterprise Ireland to host buyers from markets all over the world, who are keen to source unique products and the best of Irish design.”
For years, Ireland has been a hub for innovation and a destination of high-quality design and crafting. During this event, retail buyers can peruse the online Marketplace and book one-on-one appointments with exhibitors to see how Irish traditions have become a part of the latest global fashion, giftware and lifestyle trends and the detailed craftsmanship behind each brand’s products.
“Ireland celebrates a wealth of talent and creativity, and while the pandemic prevents the physical event from taking place, we are delighted to continue to provide a platform for Ireland’s designers and creators to showcase their products to Irish and international buyers,” said Eddie Shanahan, Chair of Showcase Ireland & DCCI Board member. “Though this year’s event will look different, we are confident that we will demonstrate the vitality of the Irish craft and design sector for both new and returning buyers.”
Irish creators have achieved a global reputation across several categories, including fashion, jewelry, and home and gift, thanks to their detailed craftsmanship, innovation, quality, and sustainability efforts. A few of the companies featured in this year’s Showcase Ireland include:
Dubarry draws its inspiration from Ireland’s ancient landscape and is dedicated to quality design, technical excellence, and contemporary style.
The Handmade Soap Company handcrafts 99.7% all-natural, cruelty-free products and uses 100% recycled plastic material to manufacture its plastic bottles.
Molloys takes inspiration from the dramatic beauty of the Atlantic North-west coast in Ardara, Co. Donegal, a region famed for its tweed production.
Magee was founded on handwoven tweed over 150 years ago. It’s the perfect fabric for dissipating the damp and cold weather so often found in North-West Ireland.
Foxford Woollen Mills offers a treasure trove of home furnishings, clothing, bed linens, and unique gifts — a mix of old and new, quirky and quality that creates a memorable shopping experience.
As part of the Showcase Ireland Virtual Showrooms event, globally renowned research firm Frost & Sullivan will present a specially-commissioned white paper – Generating Global Growth Through e-Commerce. The presentation, in webinar format, will provide insightful information for manufacturers and buyers alike, inspiring them to explore more innovative ways to source and more effective, sustainable ways to sell while opening new channels of engagement with their potential customers.
Showcase Ireland Virtual Showrooms take place January 25 through 29, 2021. To learn more about the Showcase Virtual Showrooms, please click here.