An exciting new and innovative pilot business venture known as MADE in Kilkenny @ GOODS will take place on the first floor mezzanine of GOODS Department store on High St, Kilkenny.

Set to open on Friday 30th March, with the official launch taking place that evening from 6 to 8pm, the new retail outlet will run for a six month period and will sell handmade products from the MADE in Kilkenny craftmakers. To celebrate, GOODS and MADE in Kilkenny are offering 20% off selected brands and crafts this Friday and Saturday, 30th and 31st March 2012.

The long established GOODS department store, which celebrates 85 years of a sterling retail reputation, and the pioneeering MADE in Kilkenny craft trail group have come together to provide a brand new city centre shopping experience for local customers and visiting tourists, showcasing some of  the finest artisan talents in Kilkenny city and county.

Following the great success of recent MADE in Kilkenny ‘Pop Up’ shops, Greg Good of GOOD’S explains how he was inspired to initiate the collaboration with the craft group. “Kilkenny has such a strong tradition of craft and Good’s a long history in retailing in Kilkenny we thought it was a wonderful opportunity to bring our customers something local, something unique and something which really complements our identity as a Kilkenny business.  We had seen and been impressed with the previous ‘MADE in Kilkenny’ pop up shops and after our initial discussions with Rosemarie Durr (MADE in Kilkenny Chairperson) and the team we were really sold on the idea of Made in Kilkenny @ Goods.”

MADE in Kilkenny, established in 2009, consists of  27 craft members who have combined their drive and passion for their craft to initiate professional makers coming together to directly promote their  business, increase public awareness of their craft and of Kilkenny as a tourist destination. MADE in Kilkenny consists of some of Ireland’s finest craftmakers.

Many of the craftmakers have won major national and international accolades including Mark Campden of The Bridge Pottery who was three times winner at the RDS National Crafts Competition 2011 for Ceramics – Traditional, the Crafts Council of Ireland Purchase Award and the RDS Award of Excellence. Jane Huston was also a winner in the Precious Metal category for her beautiful Sterling silver gilt beakers depicting the “Elements”.

Jeweller, Inga Reed also received a huge honour recently when her jewellery was featured as part of a special edition of Irish stamps, issued by An Post to mark 2011 as Year of Craft.

Kilkenny is very fortunate to have such a thriving community of craft makers to complement its beautiful heritage attractions, making it one of the most welcoming and top tourist destinations in Ireland. GOODS are to be greatly commended too; it is wonderful that such a long established and local department store should see the value and show so much support and encouragment for local craft businesses.  It is a positive display of forward thinking and local pride. Greg Good states “We feel this is something very relevant to our customers, especially at a time when the global economy seems to be getting even more global and less local.  There is a tangible demand for locally produced products that are hand crafted with a care and attention to detail that is missing in much of what we buy today.

MADE in Kilkenny @ GOODS will be offically opened by Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Crafts Council of Ireland on Friday 30th March on the first floor mezzanine in GOODS.  An extensive range of beautiful and skillfully handmade products from all disciplines will go on sale with a diverse range of price points to suit all budgets and tastes and all gift occasions.

Open Monday-Saturday, 9.30am-6pm.

 




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