It's that time of the year when everyone in the Irish tourism retail business gathers in Dublin for the Showcase trade show. We'll be heading up this Sunday. This year there will be over 450 exhibitors including leading Irish designers and manufacturers and the very best emerging home grown creative talent.
By Ronan Quinlan
Showcase consists mainly of small, sometimes single person design businesses. Many of the exhibitors handcraft their own product. It is divided into four parts: Home Gift, Design Ireland, Fashion and Jewellery.
If you are around Dublin and have an interest in Irish design Showcase is a day out. I'll do a brief rundown of a few of my favour brands in each section.
Bog Standard who make natural wax Irish candles which are hand poured by Artisan Chandlers and infused with beautiful bespoke scents.
Copper Handcrafted Furniture is based in Co. Monaghan. Growing up beside the family sawmill, Ciaran Copper learn wood and craft from an early age under the tutelage of his father. Today he handcrafts contemporary furnishings in a unique, timeless manner.
Foxford Woollen Mills who make a wide range of textiles but is famed for it's colourful throws. Based on the banks of the river Moy in Co Mayo, Foxford is one of the few fully integrated mills left.
Cushendale Woollen Mills who make textiles at their mill in Graig-na-managh, Co. Kilkenny. Set on the millrace of the River Duiske, this family owned business has produced wool blankets and fashion accessories such as pocket stoles, scarves and hats from over 130 years.
Fisherman Out Of Ireland was created in 1991 when Blarney Woollen Mills bought a struggling mill in Kilcar, Donegal. Since then Fisherman has produced a collection of knitwear using cashmere and merino wool yarns. The brand has been particularly successful in international markets with 75% of sales finding a home abroad.
Magee, a family run business which was established in Co. Donegal, Ireland in 1866. Known for it's woven products, in particular, Magee jacket is a staple of Irish fashion.
Branigan Weavers make woven products at their mill in Drogheda, county Louth. We sell their accessories on Blarney.com. Maybe the next great love of your life will be Branigan Weavers Irish tweed cape!
Shanore is based in Talbot street, Dublin. We offer a selection of their product. For me their claddagh rings both sterling silver and gold are the standout pieces.
Boru is a family owned and operated business, run by Lisa and Paul O' Neill and is located on the outskirts of Dublin City, at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. They offer a selection of mid to high end jewellery with a particular focus on sterling silver.