Ireland is a hub of design, art and crafts, and the more and more we are seeing unique Irish designed products on the shelves of stores around the country.
Today the best of them were awarded as the winners of the annual Showcase Awards, announced at Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo, which takes place at the RDS in Dublin until Wednesday, 24th January.
The Overall Winner of the Showcase Best Product Award was Áine Knitwear for its A-Line Woollen Dress. Áine designs and manufactures lady’s and men’s knitwear in Clonlara, Co. Clare on the Wild Atlantic Way.
The brand is a fusion of contemporary and traditional design creating a vibrant heritage collection in lambswool, cashmere blends, alpacas and silks.
Showcase 2018 was officially opened on Sunday, 21st January by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, T.D. and awards were presented by Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.
The annual show has established itself as a must-see trade event, attracting buyers from Ireland and more than 20 other countries, including UK, USA, Mainland Europe and the Far East, all keen to see the latest designs from Ireland’s top brands and craft producers.
Showcase is an international launch pad for the 450 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople who will be unveiling their new season collections across fashion, jewellery, home and giftware during the four-day event.
Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, said: “ Our annual Showcase awards programme not only shines a light on the excellent craftsmanship, design and presentation of the makers’ work but also highlights the importance of encouraging new product development, allowing buyers to see the very latest innovations from Irish designers and craftspeople at the fair.
With such a wide range of exceptional Irish products to choose from, it is always a tough task for our selectors to pick winners and I would like to congratulate all this year’s award recipients, runners-up and those who were highly commended.”
The full list of award winners is as follows:
Winner of Overall Best Product Award:
Best New Product Category Winners:
– Showcase Best Product – FASHION & MADE/Slow: Áine Knitwear
– Showcase Best Product – HOME: Foxford Woollen Mills
– Showcase Best Product – GIFT: Ballyshane
– Showcase Best Product – JEWELLERY: Scribble & Stone
Other Showcase Award Winners:
– The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Design Ireland Award – Holden Leathergoods
– The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Innovation and Craftsmanship Award – Benefield Spencer Glass
– Local Enterprise Showcase Award – Soul Engraver