As many readers of Floralesque will know, I am a firm believer in promoting Irish Design and the high level of talent that we have on these shores. Well, the Galway Designer’s Network does just that. The Network offers support to local designers to showcase their work and beautiful pieces to a wider audience.
For those not aware, the Network was set up in February of this year by designers Gayle Poppers and Ann Petrov. They are according to them a group created to help promote, connect with and bring awareness to independent Designers and Crafters in Galway and the West of Ireland. They have many different types of designers in the network – from milliners to jewellery to knitwear and all in between. I love the idea of the network, and certainly, for those just starting out – support like this is invaluable. From talking to different emerging designers, I have heard first-hand how hard it can be for designers to know where to turn at the start so having somewhere like this to talk to is so helpful.
Recently I was delighted to be invited to their showcase of their Autumn/Winter 2017 Collections in the fabulous Tribeton. The talent on display was just amazing and today I wanted to showcase some of the accessories and millinery work on display. There was also a catwalk show focusing on the clothing designers and I will be sharing that next week.
There were two showcases in the afternoon – one for accessories and the other for millinery, the accessory catwalk showed pieces by:
- Quaverly by Ailish Greene
- Sylph Designs by Kaisa Holsting
- Cozy Handmade Designs by Ann Petrov
- She Vibes by Karoline Sexton
The Millinery catwalk showcased some stunning pieces by:
- Marrie Goggins Designs
- Crevation Designs by Majella Lennon-Dalton
- Dandydoll Millinery by Esther Chidi Ikegwuruka
- Ailish McElroy Millinery
- CKB Millinery by Claire Kelly Badger
You can read more about the network and the designers themselves by taking a look at their website. If you are interested in attending some of their future showcases then certainly keep an eye on their Facebook page.