The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) liaises with more than 120 retail shops around Ireland to source and promote Irish made craft and design products.
If you have already started selling your products to shops, get in touch and learn how we can help. View a list of participating retailers.
Showcase - Ireland’s International Creative Expo®
Showcase takes place in the RDS each January and attracts over 5,000 trade buyers from all over Ireland and 26 countries around the world. DCCoI highly recommends this show for all craft enterprises wishing to wholesale their products to the domestic market. www.showcaseireland.com
Design Ireland at Showcase
DCCoI presents the best of Irish craft that is designed and made in Ireland to retailers from Ireland and abroad at Design Ireland. Makers are selected for this programme from a wide field and need to demonstrate a high level of skill in design and making, new product development, merchandising and selling, and marketing and branding.
The Enterprise Zone at Showcase
The County and City Enterprise Boards in association with Showcase offer newer businesses the opportunity to participate at Showcase in the Enterprise Zone, a dedicated area at the show. For more details see www.showcaseireland.com/visit/enterprise-zone.
Design Ireland is a brand dedicated to promoting the breadth and quality of Irish design and craft to global and Irish audiences. The Design Ireland identity is featured on DCCoI exhibitions at trade shows, in-store point-of sale material and promotional campaigns. The accompanying website www.designireland.ie discovers and shares ideas, inspiration and information on talented Irish designers and where to buy their work either online or in listed shops. See our Opportunities section for relevant call outs. www.designireland.ie
Direct selling at Fairs and Events
Selling at craft fairs can provide a valuable market close to home for many makers. When starting out, it can prove an invaluable way to learn about what sells and who your customer is. For a full listing of quality fairs at which you could sell see www.ccoi.ie/enterprise/connection. For details of all selling opportunities, visit our Opportunities section.
National Crafts & Design Fair
With around 20,000 visitors, the National Crafts & Design Fair is a must in craft-lovers’ diaries. Stand bookings are made directly with the fair organisers. During the show, we use our designated umbrella brand ‘Designed & Made in Ireland’ with its recognisable thumbprint symbol to highlight those craftspeople who have reached DCCoI’s standards for quality, provenance and craftsmanship. We also curate a display of Irish craft gift suggestions in the Main Hall. Callout for participation in this display area takes place in August/September, see our Opportunities page for more details when applicable. www.nationalcraftsfair.ie
Bloom is Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, attracting over 100,000 visitors each June bank holiday weekend. DCCoI presents an Irish craft village at the event which includes 25 retail spaces for craftspeople. There may also be the opportunity to participate in workshops and demonstrations. Callouts for participation will take place circa March, with selection in April, see our Opportunities page for relevant details. www.bloominthepark.com