NYC 2018

WearingIrish featured on primetime on Ireland’s most-watched TV channel. For the full video click here.

WearingIrish sets out to tell the world the untold story of contemporary Irish fashion and the makers behind the creations. The movement continues to captured the imagination of consumers and influencers on both sides of the Atlantic in the press and on social media.

In May 2018, WearingIrish presented an acclaimed, invitation-only salon and showcase event program in New York.

Ten Irish designers were selected in a competition that drew more than 170 applicants. The ten were flown to New York and spent 48 hours displaying their creations, meeting potential customers, and forging connections to accelerate growth. The invitation-only program was packed with panelists and guests, eager to discover Irish designers. Click here to see the panel of jurors, speakers, and advisors contributing their perspectives to the program.

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SALONS

WearingIrish NYC 2018 was an invitation-only, two-day, live event. The program was anchored in salons curated and moderated by Margaret Molloy and hosted by expert groups including: Harvard Business School Women’s Association, Doneger Group, Omnicom Women, Cornell Johnson University NY Club, The Irish Ambassador to the United Nations & Friends, Irish America Magazine Power Women, Bloomingdale’s, Accessories Council of America and more. Guests enjoyed the panel conversations before perusing the ten collections. Designers gleaned priceless knowledge from the panels and direct interactions with the hundreds of fashion-enthusiastic guests who came to hear the speakers, meet the makers, and view the clothes and accessories.

THE WINNERS

The following designers showcased their collections in New York in May 2018.

ÁINE

Designed and manufactured on the Wild Atlantic Way, Áine incorporates color and texture into natural fabrics to create simple shapes.

ALISON CONNEELY

Encompassing the finest of Irish heritage, from Donegal tweed to Connemara lace, this womenswear brand is at the forefront of modern design.

BLÁITHÍN ENNIS

Bláith’s unconventional jewelry pieces are the result of innovative techniques and craftsmanship using fine nylon braiding combined with robust metals and delicate crystal.

DE BRUIR

Kildare-based DE BRUIR craft leather goods, combining wax cotton and leather using pared-back construction techniques.

INNER ISLAND

Wexford based Inner Island merge sophistication and handcrafted artistry to create truly modern jewelry.

JENNIFER ROTHWELL

Taking inspiration from the likes of Harry Clarke, Jennifer Rothwell is renowned for her striking, colorful prints.

NATALIEBCOLEMAN

This womenswear collection reflects a modern “Irishness” with opulent fabrics, appliques, whimsical hand beaded and hand painted surface decoration.

SANDS AND HALL

This designer is known for reinventing the cape and creating contemporary, wearable, pieces using fine materials and techniques.

THE TWEED PROJECT

This Galway-based designer combines Irish fabrics with modern tailoring for a truly authentic expression of Irish design

TRIONA

 This brand presents a strong feminine collection that combines Triona’s signature fabrics with classic contemporary shapes in the form of jackets, capes and coats.

JOIN US

Interested in attending future WearingIrish programs? Please join our mailing list or email ourstories@wearingirish.com to be considered for an invitation. Follow on Instagram and Twitter to be the first to hear.

THE OPPORTUNITY

WearingIrish NYC 2018 presented the ten designers an unprecedented brand building, learning, and growth opportunity.

  • Direct exposure and access to hundreds of US consumers and influencers, including members of the New York fashion community, Irish diaspora, and other groups
  • Forum to market current collection to guests in May to fulfill in 2018 and potential for longer-term relationships
  • Insights from shoppers on products, pricing, and marketing to help assess the potential for the brand in the US
  • Exposure from traditional marketing and social media in the US and Ireland

WearingIrish NYC 2018 was made possible by generous supporters. Bank of Ireland was the lead sponsor. Other valued contributors included: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Tourism Ireland, CIE Tours International, Invest Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Bureau and Enterprise Ireland. Thank you.