Dingle based luxury leather goods company Holden win top Design Ireland Award at Showcase
Holden Leathergoods win top Design Ireland Award at Showcase Ireland in the RDS Dublin
Dingle based luxury leather goods and accessories company, Holden Leathergoods, are this year’s winner of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Design Ireland Award at Showcase – Ireland’s International Creative Expo held in the RDS, Dublin. Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Karen Hennessy, presented Conor Holden of Holden Leathergoods with the award for their new Holden Travel Bag. Conor and his team were also congratulated by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD. To view Holden’s collection visit www.holdenleathergoods.com
Accepting the Award, Conor Holden, Founder and Creative Director, Holden Leathergoods thanked Karen Hennessy of the Design and Crafts Council and her team at Showcase Ireland who organise such a successful event annually attracting trade buyers internationally. “I would also like to thank our dedicated team at Holden. Everything we make is designed and handmade by our highly skilled artisans in our workshop on the Dingle Peninsula. We also have a team working seasonally in our store in the centre of Dingle town and all year around to fulfill growing global online orders. Along with my wife Claire, we have designed a new collection for men and women for 2018 and we are looking forward to further raising the profile of Holden nationally and internationally as a premium Irish designed and made luxury leather bags and accessories brand”.
Holden Leathergoods are in the Design Ireland section of Showcase. Design Ireland members are vetted by a panel of judges and their collections must be designed and made in Ireland and they must be members of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.
BEST PRODUCT AWARDS
Exhibitors selected for the Showcase Best Product Awards 2018 were chosen by specialist curators; Alanna Gallagher (home & gift), Natasha Sherling (jewellery); Catherine Condell (fashion & MADE/Slow) and Emma McGrath (Design Ireland). The curators nominated the ‘Best Product’ in each of their categories and each category produced a Best Product Award and Highly Commended awards. The overall Best Product Award at Showcase 2018 was chosen by the Showcase judging panel.
The annual Showcase (21st to 24th January) has established itself as a must-see trade event, attracting buyers from Ireland and more than 20 other countries, including UK, USA, Mainland Europe and the Far East, all keen to see the latest designs from Ireland’s top brands and craft producers. Showcase is an international launch pad for the 450 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople who will be unveiling their new season collections across fashion, jewellery, home and giftware during the four-day event. A particular emphasis is placed on new products to market, providing retailers with opportunities to discover and stock up on the latest design-led products, many of which are unique to the show.
Holden Leathergoods was established by Conor Holden in 1989 in Dingle, County Kerry. Today, Conor along with his wife Claire and their team of artisans, design and make luxury leather goods and accessories in their studio at the Old Schoolhouse on the shores of Dingle Harbour. They also have a retail shop in the centre of Dingle town.
Holden ship worldwide and the collection can be viewed and purchased on www.holdenleathergoods.com Follow Holden on FB, Instagram and Twitter under the hashtag #loveholden