Words by Emma Tiernan
January 10th, 2019
Showcase — a creative expo and one of Ireland’s largest international trade fairs focusing on fashion, jewellery, home and giftware — is set to return to the RDS this month for its 43rd year. This exciting tradeshow will attract buyers from around the globe, offering international buyers the opportunity to discover new, unique and contemporary products designed and made here in Ireland. Showcase will play host to over 450 creative brands, with more than 60 of these making their debut appearance.
Showcase will have uniquely curated sections which will house an edited selection of the most interesting and innovative products from designers across the realm to make it easier for visitors to see some of the more alluring and innovative merchandise. Some of the products that will be on display are up for the best product award at the show.
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland are presenting an area in the show called Design Ireland which will feature 70 leading makers who have been selected by a panel of retail experts for their creativity, innovation and craftsmanship. An integral part of the selection process was that all chosen exhibitors taking part in Design Ireland area are all designing and producing in Ireland. On the day there will also be a fashion presentation with its focal points being on heritage, sustainability and craftsmanship. The presentation will focus on Irish traditions, how they are being maintained, and how the rural communities of Ireland are sustained by designers and craftspeople.
Across the four days, attendees who wish to expand their knowledge can take part in an extensive retail seminar programme which is filled with international industry leaders who will be offering workshops, talks and presentations sharing their expertise and advice.
Showcase 2019 runs from the Sunday, 20th to Wednesday, 23rd January 2019 and is for trade attendance only. For further details on the event or to register to attend, visit www.showcaseireland.com.
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