BE it fashion or sport, a green jersey or an emerald gown, we are renowned for our fierce patriotic spirit and dedication to our Irish heritage. The design sector in Ireland has many notable individuals and companies producing unique and wonderful products showcased through exhibitions, retails outlets, markets, popup shops, social media, blogs, and websites.

We’ve taken a little time out to explore and discover the #fashtags you need to know for upcoming events so you can wave your patriotic tweet of support or even take part in the event itself to help celebrate an exciting time for emerging and established designers in Ireland.

1. #galwaydesignersnetwork

Join an exciting Fashion Takeover in Galway showcasing exceptional Irish talent!
The Galway Designers Network is a group which was created to help promote, connect with and bring awareness to independent Fashion Designers in Galway and the West of Ireland.

Their Bi-Annual Fashion Showcase is taking place on Saturday, September 9th, presenting Autumn/Winter 2017 Collections from exceptional designers based around Galway and the West of Ireland. The Fashion Showcase will take place in Tribeton, one of Galway’s most stylish venues. As emerging designers showcase their creative identities, the A/W’17 Showcase will also give you an opportunity to shop their unique collections.

This season’s Showcase will feature stunning collections from Cozy Handmade Designs, KizmetClothing, Emerald and Wax, Ailish McElroy Millinery, CKB Millinery, She Vibes, Quaverly, Marie Goggins Millinery, Dandy Doll, Majella Lennon Millinery, REason among others.

Tickets for individual shows are priced at €15, or €35 for a bundle ticket. A ticket entitles the holder to 20% off food all day in Tribeton as well as a glass of prosecco, a goodie bag specific to the show and a front row seat. To get your hands on a ticket, visit http://bit.ly/2iyH2D2 or purchase directly at Tribeton.

For more information, visit www.galwaydesignersnetwork #galwaydesignersnetwork

2. #KilkennyOpenCall

The Kilkenny Shop is launching its inaugural Open Call event this October!
In addition to discovering new Irish talent, this event forms part of The Kilkenny Shop’s continued ethos to support Irish. Home grown designers will have the opportunity to showcase and pitch their work to the famous Irish retailer at their ‘opencall’ event in Dublin’s RDS on Thursday, October 12.

The best designers will have their products stocked and sold at Kilkenny, a name synonymous with promoting the very best of Irish craft and design for more than 50 years.All designers and craft makers with a product that is ready to be sold are invited to attend Kilkenny Open Call, including those working in fashion, accessories, textiles, jewellery, glassware, ceramics, pottery, fragrance and wellness.

Applicants will have the unique opportunity to pitch to CEO Marian O Gorman and Kilkenny’s Group’s buying department at the event.Kilkenny is home to Ireland’s largest collection of Irish designers, and it has in fact launched the international careers of many well-known Irish designers including Orla Kiely and Rebeka Kahn.

Successful applicants will be notified in September and given a 10-minute slot to present at the Kilkenny Open Call event in the RDS this October, demonstrating why their brand belongs at Kilkenny.

Those who are chosen to be stocked at Kilkenny will also be given an incredible mentoring and support program from the buying team, including expert advice and insights into the design and craft trade in Ireland, along with a full marketing and PR plan that will bring their brand to the next level.

For more information, visit: www. kilkennyshop.com/opencall  #KilkennyOpenCall

3. #idiawards17

Mark your calendars! The IDI Irish Design Awards are here and happening on September 15th. The Institute represents a whole host of designers from different disciplines who practice in Ireland.

The event will take place in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar on what promises to be a very special evening. It will feature a full exhibition of finalists in their new space, with a bespoke food menu, drinks served from an Airstream trailer, entertainment, special prizes, goodies to take away for all attendees, and like every good awards ceremony – an after party!!

Not only will you get to see who the winners and commended entrants are as they are announced, but you will also find out who the President’s Choice for Outstanding Achievement is… an interesting choice you’ll find.

The night will provide a networking and reconnecting opportunity, a great social experience, and a snapshot of the complete landscape of contemporary Irish Design; including digital design, fashion & textiles, product design, structures &spaces, TV &Film, Visual Communications, and Design Education

For more information, visit http://www.idi-design.com #idiawards

4. #contemporarycollection

Illustrating the best of Irish contemporary design and craft, The National Museum of Ireland is currently showcasing The Contemporary Collection of Design & Craft up to 31st December 2017.

The National Museum of Ireland (NMI) and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) have also launched an exciting new online presence for the Contemporary Collection of Design & Craft. The initiative aims to provide Irish and international audiences the opportunity to view over 100 works of exceptional quality, skill, and artistry acquired since 2004. The online gallery is available for viewing at http://portfolio.dccoi.ie/museum

An exhibition of four recent acquisitions for the collection, showcasing work by ceramic artists Isobel Egan and Claire Curneen; fashion designer Jennifer Rothwell; and furniture makers Zelouf+Bell is on view at Collins Barracks.

The new exhibition of selected works from the Contemporary Collection of Design & Craft presents:Circulus, a newly commissioned porcelain sculpture by Isobel Egan
Psyche, a hand-built ceramic torso influenced by heavily ornate Japanese porcelain by Claire Curneen.

Koi Table, made from bog oak inlaid with natural, bleached and dyed woods with a hand-rubbed high gloss lacquer finish by Zelouf+Bell.Madeline Shirt Dress, a silk dress digitally printed with a design based on the figure of Madeline from Harry Clarke’s Eve of St. Agnes Window by Jennifer Rothwell.

The exhibition of work acquired for the Contemporary Collection of Design & Craft is located on the ground floor of the National Museum, Collins Barracks between the west and north blocks.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2cVgFA8 #contemporarycollection

5. #WearingIrish

While this may not be event related, the Ultimate Irish #fashtag circulating the Irish design airwaves belongs to Irish woman, Margaret Molloy.

Margaret is a huge promoter of Irish design, placing her favourites firmly in the limelight by wearing a stunning variety of fashion, jewellery, and accessories on her social media channels. Regularly posting pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #WearingIrish, she is a fantastic voice for the latest and greatest in Irish design.

The Offaly woman, a Harvard graduate and global chief marketing officer at Siegel+Gale, a leading global strategic branding firm in New York, has been named a top social media influencer and has more than 32,000 Twitter followers. She regularly features goods designed in Ireland, made in Ireland, or created by Irish designers all over the world.

Margaret is keen to spread the word about designers who add a modern twist to traditional fabrics and jewellery design, including well-known names such as Paul Costelloe. Orla Kiely, Philip Treacy, Carolyn Donnelly’s Edit for Dunnes, and even Primark!

Follow Margaret Molloy on Twitter @MargaretMMolloy #WearingIrish

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