Kilkenny Launches Scéal 2019 with a Host of Emerging Irish Design Talent

Kilkenny, the home of Irish craft and design has announced the return of Scéal: A Story of Irish Design following its successful inaugural year in 2018. This year sees a new collection of designers take centre stage in their flagship Nassau Street store from September 2nd – 29th in collaboration with Design IrelandTM presented by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI).

Scéal is a celebration of the unique relationship that Kilkenny has with its makers and the commitment the retailer has shown over their decades in business to nurturing and growing emerging Irish design talent. Scéal will tell each supplier’s individual narrative and champion the craft and love that goes into each piece.

From the beginning of September, Kilkenny will host an exclusive Irish fashion pop up which features a whole host of talented Irish designers including;

Jill & Gill – Award winning print and illustration duo who specialise in fashion, design and fine art

Reuben Avenue – Sustainable brand using only natural and recycled materials in each of its handcrafted pieces

Pearl Reddington – Contemporary Irish knitwear designer combining luxury Irish wool with cutting edge knit techniques

Sookyoung Song – Dublin based designer who incorporates a vivid colour palette into each of her pieces

Beaded Gem – Dublin milliner Jennifer Kelly who creates hand beaded headbands and headpieces

Each will showcase their products in the Nassau Street store in Dublin for a limited time only and while stocks last.

In addition to this, Emma Manley the designer behind contemporary Irish fashion brand, Manley and who partook in Scéal back in 2018, will be moving to Kilkenny’s High Street Galway store for the month of September. Kilkenny favourite Bernie Murphy is also back and has expanded its range this year due to their growing popularity.

Pictured here is Dee Laffan at the launch of Scéal – A taste of Irish Flavours event in Kilkenny, Nassau Street

Always keen to support and nurture up and coming talent, this month Kilkenny also welcomes recent jewellery design graduates from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing Course in Co. Kilkenny to find Ireland’s best emerging jewellery designer.

Earlier this year, final year students pitched a concept for a commercial jewellery range to long-standing jewellery buyer, Una Heelan. David McCauley, Eve Doyle, Jodie White and Mark Newman were selected to receive mentoring in range development, pricing, visual merchandising and marketing to develop a commercial collection in 4 months and have the opportunity to sell the collections in Kilkenny’s flagship store, Nassau Street for the month of September.

Pictured here is Eoin Dillon at the launch of Scéal – A taste of Irish Flavours event in Kilkenny, Nassau Street, Dublin 2

At the end of the month, one graduate will be selected as the overall winner of a €1,000 bursary.  Voting is open to the public, and you can do so instore when you make a purchase or online via www.kilkennyshop.com/sceal-2019

Pictured here is Sookyoung Song at the launch of Scéal – A taste of Irish Flavours event in Kilkenny, Nassau Street

Kilkenny is committed to giving Irish designers and craftspeople a platform to thrive in a competitive retail industry. To thank customers for supporting Irish design, Kilkenny will be offering a €20 voucher with any purchase over €100 for the month of September to spend in store or online. With 17 stores nationwide, Kilkenny stocks over 32,000 products from 400 leading Irish and international brands across a variety of categories including Textiles, Jewellery, Glassware, Art and Prints, Ceramics, Pottery, Fragrance, Beauty + Wellness, Fashion and Accessories.

For more information on Scéal, visit www.kilkennyshop.com