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Showcase Ireland 2019

Showcase is Ireland’s leading creative exhibition. In 2018, the event welcomed more than 5,000 attendees to Dublin, with sales totaling about US $28 million.

Showcase 2019 proved to be another big success. Over 450 of Ireland’s leading design and crafts companies were on display at this year’s show at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), spanning the areas of fashion, jewelry, gifts and homeware.

This year’s theme was Aran knitwear, and there was plenty to be seen, with beautiful new pieces from Irish companies including Aran Woollen Mills, Fishermen out of Ireland and Irelands Eye. The craftsmanship on display highlighted how classic high-quality pieces can include a modern design-led twist, something that is at the core of Irish products in this area.

Lizzie Curran, a market advisor for Enterprise Ireland covering consumer retail in the Canadian market, was delighted to facilitate the hosting of a group of buyers and media personnel from Canada in Dublin for Showcase 2019.

During the event, Lizzie held an information session on the Canadian retail space, which was attended by more than 40 companies supported by Enterprise Ireland. The aim of the session was to highlight added opportunities for clients in the Canadian market since the introduction of the CETA agreement in 2017, which eliminated up to 98% of tariffs on goods imported from Europe.

Two of Canada’s top retailers – award-winning GotStyle Menswear and LuxBeauty Boutique – participated in a panel that provided Irish companies with valuable insights into what Canadian retailers are looking for from the right supplier.

Lizzie stressed the importance of companies being channel ready: “Canadian buyers have two things in common when it comes to what they are looking for at Showcase. They want to source unique products and they want those products to come from companies that are truly market ready – that means everything, from pricing to marketing collateral, must be tailored for the Canadian market.”

Here’s a selection of this year’s industry-leading Showcase Ireland exhibitors:

Home & Gifts

Jewelry

Fashion

For more information and a full list of exhibitors, please visit: https://www.showcaseireland.com.

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