This year sees lots of home-grown talent coming to the fore with innovative approaches to keeping their brands fresh and exciting. Ireland is now a design savvy country.

Fashion: Richard Malone
Award winning fashion designer Richard Malone’s graduate collection, based on his observations of the effects of the recession on Irish youths and the Irish stereotype has been on a fashion odyssey. It has been featured in Vogue, exhibited in Brown Thomas, and acquired by museums in both the UK and Ireland. All this from a collection created in his Dad’s shed in Wexford.
The whole collection used up-cycled fabrics such as artificial leather, or pleather to make the jackets. He painted them with paint his dad (he’s a painter) had left over from some jobs and embroidered over that. The paint cracked and peeled as the models were walking down the catwalk.
This sustainable, up-cycling ethos is at the heart of his work and is refreshing and forward thinking for the fashion industry. Malone studied at the prestigious Central St Martins in London and his new autumn/winter collection builds on his graduate collection of using up-cycled materials. It will be showcased at the Create Event in Brown Thomas from the 7th July – 16th August.
https://instagram.com/richardmalone

Food: Nobó
Healthy ice-cream? Someone just made our day. Rachel and Brian travelled to New York and Italy on a quest for delicious yet nutritious food. The outcome? They came back to Ireland and opened their own food business, Nobó. Nobó has garnered a huge tribe of loyal customers after their gluten and dairy free ice-cream was a hit. And, it is actually the world’s first alternative to ice-cream.
It can be found in 54 stores across Dubai and Abu Dhabi and there are plans to launch in the UK market soon. They ditch the artificial ingredients and use coconut milk and honey as natural sweeteners, it is not only a healthy option but super tasty. Now, to tuck in.
www.nobo.ie

Tech: Teamwork
Cork software company, Teamwork has risen to great heights since its inception in 2007. The software used by over 370,000 companies around the world started out as a whiteboard where the founders Peter Coppinger and Daniel Mackey kept track of all their work. This soon got unwieldy and after looking at third party project management software, decided they could do better themselves.
Set to double its staff this year with the recent launch of its new software, Teamwork Desk. Forbes, Spotify and Microsoft are just a few of their many clients. Teamwork Desk, is helpdesk customer support software for business. As they say themselves, better communication equals better relationships.
www.teamwork.com

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