Be Inspired as ‘Gifted’ Contemporary Craft & Design Fair comes to the RDS

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Ireland’s leading creators of beautiful, eco-friendly and ethical garments will be showcasing their cutting-edge designs at Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS from 05th – 10th December.

Gifted celebrates the best over 600 Irish designers and makers from fashion to jewellery and beyond.
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Record-breaking crowds of over 45,000 are expected to generate more than €1m per day in sales at this year’s largest-ever six-day fair.

Formerly known as the National Crafts and Design Fair, Gifted includes top cutting-edge designers and makers in Irish fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery, art and photography, children’s gifts and presents inspired by nature.

Slow fashion focuses on clothes that are flattering rather than faddish and made with care in sustainable fabrics by people who are paid and treated fairly. And that is no barrier to creating pieces with a stunning sense of style as the Kymaia collection proves. Designer Kabira has French Moroccan roots but is now firmly at home in Ireland where her timeless, quality pieces have found an enthusiastic following.

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Classical elegant Cala cape in black with gold floral embroidery detail, €195, Kymaia
Another popular exhibitor is textile artist Niki Collier whose tongue-in-cheek designs are often described as ‘urban decadence’ by her fans. Working with wool, leather and silk Niki’s knitted textiles and contemporary collections are much sought after for their strong tailoring and flawless execution.

 

Also showcasing is the Ethical Silk Company who use eco-friendly silk products for their beautiful selection of tops, lingerie and bed linen.

While the traditional method of extracting silk fibres involves boiling silk worms alive, Ethical Silk uses only Ahimsa ‘peace silk’ where no animals are harmed, for their range.

 

And when it comes to ethical clothing Dublin-based Due South Clothing’s range of hoodies and t-shirts, showing landmarks such as the Pigeon House and Samuel Beckett Bridge, are made from fully recycled cotton and polyester material.

Getting him socks for Christmas takes on a whole new meaning with monthly box supply of boxers, socks and t-shirts at €19.95 delivered fresh to the door by Stór, a young Irish company specialising in sustainable clothing for men made from organic cotton and bamboo fabrics.

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Organic cotton and bamboo menswear from €19.50, Stór

Gifted is a celebration of the best Irish designers and makers – people who are truly gifted.

The event includes a Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium featuring over 120 artisan food producers, taste-tempting visitors with the best of the season’s fare.

Gifted offers Ireland’s largest Christmas gift shopping experience with prices starting from as little as €5.

In addition, there will be 10% off everything at Gifted on Tuesday 05th December.

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Gifted Contemporary Craft and Design Fair takes place at the RDS Main Hall from December 5-10 from 10am each day.  Full details and booking can be found at www.giftedfair.ie

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