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20–23 January 2019RDS, Dublin, Ireland

News from Showcase.

Great first Day at Showcase 2018

Great first Day at Showcase 2018

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, T.D. officially opened Showcase - Ireland’s International Creative Expo® - at the RDS yesterday, Sunday 21st January.

Showcasing more than 450 brands, Showcase will welcome over 5,000 buyers generating an expected €20 million in sales orders over the four day period.

Speaking at the event, Minister Heather Humphreys said that: “Ireland’s innovative design and craft sector makes an invaluable contribution to our economy and our culture, providing employment across all regions. Showcase plays a crucial role in sustaining and growing this vibrant sector, offering a unique opportunity to highlight the diversity and quality of work from talented Irish designers and makers to specialist trade buyers from all over the world. This annual show enables creative Irish businesses to expand their client base and maximise the potential for increased sales and exports, ultimately creating job opportunities for the future.”

Founded by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland 42 years ago, Showcase is an international launch pad for the 450 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople who unveil their new season collections across fashion, jewellery, home and giftware each year. Showcase has enjoyed strong growth over the past two years with estimated sales orders generated at the show growing from €18.4 million to over €21.2 million at last year’s show - equating to an annual market value of €140.4 million.

Following on from the success of previous initiatives The Knitwear Project in 2016 and TextISLE in 2017, this year we introduce MADE/Slow - a unique presentation of quality design featuring beautiful Irish products across the fashion, jewellery and homewares sectors.

During Showcase 2018 the fashion and textiles selected as part of MADE/Slow are being presented in the vibrant MADE/Slow Fashion Show which features brands including Avoca, Fishermen Out of Ireland, Ireland’s Eye Knitwear, Magee 1866 and McNutt of Donegal. The shows, which are styled and curated by renowned stylist Catherine Condell, take place twice daily from Sunday to Tuesday at 12pm and 2pm in the Minerva Suite at the RDS.

At the heart of Showcase 2018, the dedicated Design Ireland area in the Main Hall features 76 leading contemporary Irish brands chosen by an independent jury for their creativity, innovation and craftsmanship. All the products in Design Ireland have been designed and made with passion in Ireland.

Each year Showcase awards brands that stand out for the quality of their design and workmanship, for their innovation, skill and commercial appeal.

Best Product Award. Overall Winner: Áine Knitwear. Stand D118.

The 2018 Category Winners are:

Best Product Award. Overall Winner: Áine Knitwear. Stand D118.

Fashion and MADE/Slow: Winner: Áine Knitwear. Stand D118.

Jewellery. Winner: Scribble and Stone. Stand C58.

Home. Winner: Foxford Woollen Mills. Stand C14.

Gift: Winner: Ballyshane. Stand C37.

Design Ireland Winner: Holden Leathergoods. Stand C79.

Local Enterprise Showcase Winner: Soul Engraver. Stand F20.

Craftsmanship Award 2018: Benefield Spencer Glass - Scott Benefield and Andrea Spencer. Stand C5.


For attendees wishing to expand their knowledge and learn more about global trends, an extensive retail seminar programme continues until this Wednesday, featuring insights from top international industry experts. Full list of events 

Showcase is a partnership between the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Showcase Ireland Events Ltd., with support from Enterprise Ireland in promoting the trade show internationally through their network of offices overseas.

Showcase 2018 runs until Wednesday 24th January and is for trade attendance only. 



Register online to attend Showcase - Ireland’s Creative Expo®.