WHEN thinking about fashion or beauty this year, think Irish, and support the ongoing change in attitude that consumers have towards giving and receiving Irish craft and design.
This is a trend that the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland has noticed in recent years, with products designed and made in Ireland gaining increased popularity.
During a recent showcase in Arnotts, who has been working with the council over the past three years, it was clear to see just how unique, beautiful and price-ranging these items can be.
Speaking to The Gazette, Vincent Traynor, of Dublin-based jewellery designers, Juvi Designs, said: “It is getting more important for people to support Irish. Our designs are available in House of Fraser in Dundrum and in Arnotts.
“They range from classic pearls and gemstones and are sterling silver or gold-plated. We also have designs by Chupi, Seamus Gill and Martina Hamilton, so we have a collection of Irish designers here, but 50% is Juvi.”
Not only are there some beautiful jewellery pieces, but there are some very unique items, from fashion to home-wares that could go down a treat with friends and family.
More than 140 locations around the country are selling Irish Craft and Design with more and more creative start-ups registering with the Crafts Council.
Participating retailers include Arnotts, The Killkenny Group, House of Ireland and Carraig Donn, as well as the Designyard, Irish Design Shop and Stonechat in Dublin.
Karen Hennessy, chief executive of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be working with retailers throughout the country in giving Irish craft and design a dedicated presence in stores and in encouraging consumers to choose Irish gifts this Christmas.
“Every purchase of Irish-designed and made products keep money in our local economy, and helps in sustaining and growing Ireland’s vibrant and innovative craft and design sector into the future.”
A full list of stockists is available at www.giveirishcraft.com/stockists.