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Friday 11 July 2014

Over 400 top designers heading for expo

Colm Kelpie

Published 06/01/2014|02:30

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Models Teo Sutra pictured at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks showcasing the best of fashion from leading Irish designers featured at Showcase 2014, Irelands Creative Expo and the countrys largest international trade fair, which returns to the RDS this January 19th  22nd. For more information visit Picture Andres Poveda

·         Faux fur trim tweed waist coat with matching tweed bag  Jack Murphy
·         Checked shirt  Jack Murphy
·         Burgundy waist coat  Jack Murphy
·         Burgundy skirt  Jack Murphy
·         Shevlin hat
Model Teo Sutra pictured at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. Photo: Andres Poveda

SOME 430 of Ireland's leading designers, manufacturers and craftmakers, will come together in the RDS later this month to meet thousands of retail buyers from Ireland and abroad.

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This year's Showcase is predicting a 10pc increase in international buyers, driven by a new marketing effort in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland offices abroad.

Some 5,000 buyers have been attracted from 26 countries across the world to the four-day event starting on January 19.

Karen Hennessy, chief executive of the Crafts Council of Ireland, which is the driving force behind the creative expo, said it was a significant opportunity for designers working in craft to do business internationally. "Showcase is a four-day trade show in Dublin, which attracts thousands of international buyers from around the world, who come to Ireland to do business and whose investment is significant to the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises here," she said.

Showcase estimates trade-order sales in excess of €20m at this year's event; playing a major part in the crafts sector's contribution to the Irish economy of almost €500m annually.

This year, Showcase will be organised in two main category strands -- Fashion and Jewellery and Home and Gift.

Irish Independent

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