showcase1Showcase 2014 features the best of Irish design with products from over 400 exhibitors. Ideally you would need two or three days to go around and see it all. Although I had only one day to get to it this year I had done my homework before going and had pinpointed the people I absolutely wanted to meet.

 It is always a real treat to attend the show as the choice and variety of Irish-made products is outstanding.  I went to it on the opening day with fellow designer and fashionista Naomi who has a great eye for spotting the unusual and the quirky.

We stopped at the stands of some of the makers that I stock in Handmade Design Studio such as ArtySmarty creator Angela Cutlhill, Matt Jones, Sarah Mc Kenna, Orla Barry, Blaithin Ennis among others. I discovered their exciting and on trend new collections and cannot wait to receive them in the shop.


I also met some really interesting and friendly new craftmakers whom I had not metbefore and was truly inspired by their unique products.

 The beautifully crafted, high quality items soon to be found in Handmade Design Studio are:

  • Natural and colourful luxury soaps by Baressential
  • Urban-inspired fine silk scarves by Katie Brown
  • And much more …

If you are ever coming to Mullingar, come and have a peek!

Showcase, RDS Dublin

I recently attended the 2013 Showcase: Ireland’s Creative Expo to source new craft and designs products for Handmade Design Studio. I was impressed by the range of fashion, gifts and crafts available.

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The event was a real feast for the senses, from the beautiful, natural smells of the handcrafted cosmetics and scented candles to the amazing colours and innovative designs and inspirations seen in the textiles on show. I really had such good time meeting the designers, some of whom I’d only met via email while I was planning the stock for the opening of my shop in January.

What impressed me most were the number of young, up-coming Irish designers whose sense of creativity I think is truly inspiring.  Over the course of the next few months I hope to stock and range of different products by these designers in the shop and I will be showcasing their work on a regular basis here and on social media.