Taking the Next Step

Galway Designers Studio House: Providing a space for you to grow your business.

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The Galway Designers Network are delighted to announce some incredibly exciting news: Galway Designers Studio House.

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Galway Designers Studio House: Providing a space for you to grow your business.

The Galway Designers Studio House will be a venue, rather than a store, created for the purpose of offering a solid space for designers to sell their merchandise, whilst also offering a designated hub for people to come together, collaborate and learn something new as well as promote themselves and their business.

The vision for Galway Designers Studio House has grown from a need to create a new shopping experience, enabling consumers to step away from high street and department stores, from faceless fast fashion, and towards supporting local industry and ethical fashion.

A Store & A Studio.

The structure of Galway Designers Studio House will be two-fold: a store and a studio.

Within the store, local designers will have the opportunity to ‘rent’ a rail/table/window display, which will give them the much needed chance for exposure and getting their designs and their names into the minds of the wider public.

This studio is a space onsite will enable designers to work in a professional environment, helping you to get your designs/work stations out of your spare room. The studio will also serve as a venue for information evenings, networking events, courses and showcases to not only boost the profits of a designer’s business but also to offer education, tools and support to take the business to the next level.

The hardest part of being an independent designer is having your voice heard and your creative vision seen; Galway Designers Studio House offers you the chance to achieve just that!

Gayle, Ann & Virtue: The 3 women behind the idea.

This is an idea that has been created by three members of our Network, Gayle Poppers of Kizmet Clothing, Ann Petrov of Cozy Handmade Designs and Virtue Shine of Emerald & Wax. All three women have a desire to come together and combine their passion and experience to create a new avenue for their respective businesses. Each of these women have been designers and members of the fashion industry for a long time, and have gained extensive, essential experience in not only design, but also styling, marketing, event management and merchandising.

Below are some photographs of the three ladies so you can put faces to names and some thumbnail images of examples of some of their own stunning design work:

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Help make this dream a reality!

Gayle, Ann and Virtue have set up a crowdfunding campaign, to not only raise the much needed funds to back such an ambitious project, but to encourage everyone to get involved and support your local fashion industry. Galway is a hub of talented designers, innovators, crafters, stylists, models and photographers, and a project like the Galway Designers Studio House will be beneficial to everyone who wants to be a part of this special industry.

Gayle, Ann and Virtue have set a target of €11,000 in order to get the project up and running. This money will cover the costs of renting a secure premises, utilities, rates, fittings etc. The money will also go towards creating a strong and innovative marketing campaign which will help to spread the word, encourage more designers to join and ensure customers come flooding through the doors. With a detailed and extensive business plan in place, Gayle, Ann and Virtue can see the potential success this business will have, all they need is a little helping hand to get project off the ground.

You donate, we give you presents!

By donating some your money to this project, you will not only ensure that designers have the chance to achieve the dreams they have always longed for, you will also receive some special gifts as a reward to show you all our appreciation. We know you work exceptionally hard for your money, and we do not want you to think that we take your kindness for granted.

Donations of varying values will receive the following gifts from Gayle, Ann and Virtue:

  • €10+ : A specially designed thank you card & a specially designed tote bag.
  • €25+ : A specially designed thank you card & tote bag along with a 10% discount card to use in store.
  • €50+ : A specially designed thank you card & tote bag, along with a voucher for €20 to use in the store, a front row invitation to our networks bi-annual fashion shows, and a personal invite to the launch of the shop.
  • €100+ : All of the above, with an increased voucher of €50, along with a token gift and a VIP invite to the launch of the shop.
  • €250+ : All of the above, with an increased voucher of €75 to use in store along with a hamper of goodies worth €100.
  • €500+ : A very personal specially designed thank you card, a special mention on our website as a sponsor, VIP membership card which provides VIP invites to all our events, workshops and courses along with the store opening launch event. You will also receive 3 x €100 vouchers to spend on our in-house designers clothing lines.

Let’s make this happen!

If everyone gives, even a little, we can soon make this dream a reality, a dream that not only will benefit the designers involved, but also any potential designers who see that they too can have their individual voices heard and become successful, fulfilled and happy in their work.

Galway Fashion Showcase

The Galway Designers Network was officially Launched March 25th 2017 with the Galway Fashion Showcase in the Workbench, Bank of Ireland, Mainguard Street, Galway.
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography

The event was hosted by talented beauty blogger Ruth from The Beauty Kemple. She offered not only superb MC skills but was also open and willing to share advice to both the designers and volunteers about how to build a successful online following.

The aim of the Showcase was to promote and highlight the work of 9 local designers. It offered the public a chance to catch a glimpse of exquisite designs, chat to models, designers and shop their products.

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Photo Credit: Manon Gustave

 

The 9 designers who took part were:

Cozy Handmade Designs
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Caroline Walsh
Emerald x Wax
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
Michelle Kearns Designs
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Photo Credit: Caroline Walsh
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Photo Credit: Caroline Walsh
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Photo Credit: Caroline Walsh

 

She Vibes
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Photo Credit: Manon Gustave
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Manon Gustave

 

Kizmet Clothing
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography

 

Roseanne McNamee Designs
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography

 

Treats and Trinkets by Emma A

 

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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Caroline Walsh
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Photo Credit: Caroline Walsh
Maria Zamoyska
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
Deirdre Kennedy
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography
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Photo Credit: Mick Russell Photography

The Galway Designers Network would like to offer the sincerest of thanks to Ruth from The Beauty Kemple, Graham Clarke & the team at the Workbench & Bank of Ireland, Grainne Coughlan & her team for providing makeup on the day, Sinead Lee Hair Design for hair, to all of our models and a huge thank you to our volunteers for all your help on the day.

Check out the Galway Desingers Network Facebook Page & Instagram for more coverage from the event.

 

The Galway Designers Network hopes to take part in more events like the Galway Fashion Showcase. We are always looking for new and exciting designers or anyone who feels they would love to be involved in the Network.

 

Please leave a comment below as we would love to hear from you, about what you do and where you would like to see your business develop to!

 

For more, visit Galway Designers Fashion Showcase on Facebook or email galwayfashionshowcase@gmail.com

Welcome to the Galway Designers Network

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Founded in February 2017, we are a group of hardworking, creative and innovative designers based in Galway and the West of Ireland looking to help and support each other.
The Network is open to all design genres and all backgrounds: jewellery, millinery, clothing, EVERYTHING!

The Network is a support system with regular meet ups, online support and recurring events which will enable each member to grow and expand within their creative field. The Galway Designers Network wants to boost each of its members, share ideas, offer advice and build a close community of talent and support.

Don’t give up on your dreams; if you want to do something and you are passionate about it, the Galway Designers Network is the place for you.

Through joining our Network, you will receive our regular newsletter which will give info on upcoming events, news and assistance which will help with your design business.

Please leave a comment below as we would love to hear from you, about what you do and where you would like to see your business develop to!

For more, visit Galway Designers Fashion Showcase on Facebook or email galwayfashionshowcase@gmail.com