Tuesday, August 27 15:14:23
Leading Irish designers and craft makers are collaborating in a new online retail initiative, Irishmadegifts.com.
Irishmadegifts.com opened for online business this month, featuring a unique collection of original Irish designs and gifts from paintings and wood work, to jewellery and ceramics, leatherwork, fashion designs, sculpture and photography, priced from E5 to E500.
The website is the brainchild of Irish fashion designer and entrepreneur Deborah Maguire and currently features thirty designers and makers including Helen Daly Ceramics, Allua Furniture, and Tony Farrell Woodwork.
Deborah Maguire who is a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland, says "Designers and artists are creative, but most find sales and marketing a real challenge. The site is a shop window for Irish creative talent, reaching consumers in Ireland and globally and it will create many new routes to market".
The global market for gifts and home decor runs to E370bn, with the Irish craft sector amounting to E500m. The website will seek to tap into the lucrative online and social networking sales space to increase the Irish market share.
"This is a cost-effective online commercial opportunity, in conjunction with like-minded designers promoting high quality Irish goods. We aim to become the one stop shop for quality Irish design on a world stage", Deborah Maguire says.
Members of the new social networking e-commerce site pay nominal fees and a commission to have their work featured.
Designers can choose from options including a E50 annual membership plus 20 percent sales commission, to a E220 initial fee, or E20 x 12 payments, plus 10 percent commission.
The site aims to have 100 Irish designers involved in the site by Christmas this year, and is actively recruiting Irish based craft-workers, makers and designers. Premium quality craftsmanship and professional design is sought, and those interested in having their range showcased on the website and promoted on social networks can contact Deborah Maguire via irishmadegifts.com.