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On trend: Rebecca Fleetwood wears clothes by Ros Duke launched at Showcase 2020

On trend: Rebecca Fleetwood wears clothes by Ros Duke launched at Showcase 2020

On trend: Rebecca Fleetwood wears clothes by Ros Duke launched at Showcase 2020

Showcase 2020, an expo for Ireland's creative sector held at the RDS in Dublin in January, clocked up a hike of 4.6pc in sales orders compared with the previous year, despite a drop in buyers coming from the UK.

Over 400 Irish designers, makers and producers exhibiting at the event signed a combined €26.3m of sales orders between January 19 and 22 at the RDS, with buyers attending from 27 countries.

The annual event is organised by the Design and Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI). This year's event saw marked increases in buyers from Germany (17pc), Japan (23pc), Canada (22pc) and Italy (20pc) but a decline of 31pc in visitors coming from Britain and Northern Ireland.

Some 4,302 visitors attended the RDS event.

"Showcase has again delivered a significant platform for Irish designers and makers to engage and convert Irish and international buyers seeking quality, sustainability and a competitive point of difference," said Eddie Shanahan, chairman of Showcase and a DCCI board member.

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