NYC 2018

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 showcase and even program at Bank of Ireland startlab, neighboring the iconic Grand Central Terminal.

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.

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 WearingIrish NYC 2018?  Space is limited. Please send your contact information to ourstories@wearingirish.com  to be considered for an invitation.

THE OPPORTUNITY

WearingIrish NYC 2018 presented the 10 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 in traditional and social media

WearingIrish NYC 2018 was made possible by generous supporters.