NYC 2018

WearingIrish sets out to tell the world the untold story of contemporary Irish fashion and the makers behind the creations. Having captured the imagination of consumers and influencers on both sides of the Atlantic on social media, now is the time to reveal the next program in the WearingIrish movement.

WearingIrish NYC 2018 is a curated showcase and event program that will take place from May 15th to 17th at Bank of Ireland startlab, neighboring the iconic Grand Central Terminal.

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


The inaugural WearingIrish NYC 2018 is thrilled to announce the following designers that will showcase their designs in New York in May 2018.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


 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.


Interested in attending WearingIrish NYC 2018?  Space is limited. Please send your contact information to  to be considered for an invitation.


WearingIrish NYC 2018 presents 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 is made possible by generous supporters.