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Innovative Irish Designers and Creators Present World-Class Craftmanship During Showcase Ireland 2021

Showcase Ireland takes place from January 25 through 29, 2021.

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Innovative Irish Designers and Creators Present World-Class Craftmanship During Showcase Ireland 2021

(PRESS RELEASE) DUBLIN, IRELAND — The impact of design, craftmanship and talent that comes from Irish designers and crafters extends much further than the borders of the island itself. Irish creators are recognized around the world 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 Showcase Ireland, Ireland’s Creative Expo.

Showcase Ireland is one of the Irish retail industry’s largest annual international trade fairs where Irish designers and crafters display their world-class, high-quality work featuring unique contemporary and heritage designs. These creators have achieved a global reputation across several categories, including fashion, jewelry, and home and gift, thanks to their detailed craftmanship, innovation, quality and sustainability efforts.

One Irish company that exemplifies originality is Dubarry, which draws its inspiration from Ireland’s ancient landscape and is dedicated to quality design, technical excellence and contemporary style. Another innovative Irish company is The Handmade Soap Company which handcrafts 99.7% all-natural, cruelty-free products and uses 100% recycled plastic material to manufacture its plastic bottles.

Showcase Ireland is supported by Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) and Enterprise Ireland, Ireland’s trade and innovation agency, who partners with Irish enterprise companies to help them start, grow, and win export sales in global markets. Enterprise Ireland continues to show support for Showcase Ireland as it pivots to a new virtual showcase format so that buyers can explore the creativity and passion behind Irish design for another year. The event is also supported by Ireland’s Local Enterprise Offices.

“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 Showroom will showcase 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 and journalists 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 book one-on-one appointments with exhibitors to see first-hand how Irish traditions have become a part of the latest global fashion trends and the detailed craftsmanship behind the products for each brand.

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“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.”

“2020 has seen seismic changes for the retail industry, from the exponential growth of e-commerce to an increased focus on sustainability. As the world embraces digitalization, the virtual landscape of Showcase Ireland this year acknowledges the rapid changes taking place on a global scale for this sector,” said Davis. “We look forward to working with Showcase Ireland and the Design & Crafts Council Ireland on this special event and look forward to a successful Showcase for Irish businesses.”

Showcase Ireland takes place from January 25 through 29, 2021. To learn more about the Showcase Virtual Showrooms, click here.

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