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Tendence 2012, 24th – 28th August, Frankfurt, Germany

Kilkenny Group Showcase

Azara Jewellery Launch New Website

9 Louis Mulcahy Pottery

24 Magical Winter Wonderland In-store with Yankee Candle

13 Debenhams Spring 2012

28 Travel Focus, The Seychelles Island

14 & 15 Pulse London

32 Craftspeople of Ireland

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Time for business, time for trends at Tendence 2012


endence 2012 is the biggest order and trend platform for the second half of the year, offering professional buyers insight into the latest products for the coming autumn, winter and Christmas season and an outlook over new products for the coming year’s spring and summer season. This year’s edition is set to give yet another impressive demonstration of its strength as Ambiente’s sister show with more than 2,100 exhibitors expected to present their latest ideas and products. Tendence offers over 52,000 visitors from all over the world an unrivalled opportunity to round off retail collections in the second half of the year. The unique ‘Living’ and ‘Giving’ sections provide the perfect meeting place for trade visitors to discover new innovations, place orders and meet new and existing clients. Tendence is split into two main sections ‘Living’ and ‘Giving’, offering buyers the perfect synergy between home and gift ideas. The international ‘Living’ section presents


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24th – 28th August 2012 Frankfurt am Main modern interior design elements from furnishing and small pieces of furniture and design and luxury products, to trendy articles and outdoor furniture. In the ‘Giving’ section, everything revolves around presents from individual gift articles and trendy lifestyle products to high-grade jewellery. Once again, this year’s ‘Giving’ section brings together international key players to display their latest collections in Halls 9, 10 and 11.1. Additionally, ‘Giving’ reveals the newest trends, presents young and innovative talents and offers trade visitors a chance to create imaginative assortments thanks to the breadth, depth and topicality of the products on show. Jewellery is the classic idea when it comes to gifts and will be the subject of special attention at Tendence 2012. You can find the entire scope of the consumer goods market in Frankfurt this August, through 10 clearly structured product groups containing everything you need to create your own successful assortment. The five ‘Giving’ product areas are Young & Trendy, Gifts Unlimited, Personal Accessories, Carat and Passage gifts. Alongside these are another five ‘Living’ product areas offering a comprehensive and global range of products, through the Loft, Interiors & Decorations, Seasonal Decorations, Passage Home & Garden and Passage Table & Kitchen sections. At Tendence, special events show off the latest trends attracting attention from the consumer goods industry. This year’s edition is focusing on aspects such as design and sustainability, creativity and emotionality in an extensive trend and design programme held in a high-end hall environment. Alongside the latest trends, Tendence also offers new young designers a platform to introduce their innovative design ideas through the ‘Talents’ and ‘Next’ promotional programmes. ‘Talents’ displays fresh ideas from 35 young designers in the Loft and Carat sections of the fair, introducing their interior design and jewellery ideas to buyers.

The ‘Next’ promotional area aims to give young companies the opportunity to present their new jewellery creations to the entire consumer goods industry. The ‘Home & Trend Award’ aims to provide orientation in the consumer goods market. The LifeCare Initiative aims to honor consumer goods that are distinguished not only by their individual qualities but also by their overall concept. ‘Trend Product of the Year 2012’ is an objective and highly valued seal of quality because the products nominated and chosen generate specific buying impulses and stand for top quality and authenticity. Therefore, the judging criteria include not only design, innovativeness, product benefits and ergonomics but also ecological aspects, sustainability and resource conservation. The award-winning products will be chosen by an independent jury of experts and consumers. During Tendence, there will be a special ‘Home & Trend Award’ exhibition in Hall 9.0. With just a few months left before Tendence returns, the excitement is building for what promises to be yet another successful show. Despite the current economic struggle, Tendence is more in demand than ever, not only as an international ordering platform but also as a centre for design and trends! See you in August!

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spoke with Laura Pasquetti, Homeware Buyer for The Kilkenny Group, about Trends for 2012, the importance of discovering new talent and products and Trade Shows in Ireland, the UK and Europe. 1. Can you give a brief history on the Kilkenny Group? Kilkenny is Ireland's Largest Emporium for Irish Designed Products. Our philosophy is to offer customers a modern and contemporary interpretation based on the very best in Irish traditions. Kilkenny’s stores have been associated with Ireland’s craft and design industry for over four decades. In 1998 the company was re-launched as Kilkenny, a name that reflected both its link to the original Kilkenny Design Workshop ideal and the desire to move confidently forward into the future. The following year saw Kilkenny become an independent entity, under the directorship of sisters Marian O’Gorman and Bernadette Kelleher Nolan. Under their guidance the Nassau Street shop and restaurant continued to flourish, whilst new Kilkenny outlets have been opened in Killarney, Galway, Cork, Cashel Trim and Shanagarry But contemporary tastes are far more sophisticated than they once were, and the constant demand for new and better products has encouraged the Group to become more flexible and imaginative in its approach to retailing. Many of Kilkenny’s suppliers, such as the potters Louis Mulcahy and Stephen Pearce, have been internationally recognised as masters of their art. Irish glass has also made its name abroad, with companies like Jerpoint and Tipperary Crystal emerging alongside the long established Waterford Crystal. The years since the opening of the Kilkenny Design Workshops have seen Irish craft and design evolve into a booming domestic and export industry. But its ongoing success still depends on the nurturing of new talent and products. As it faces into the future, Kilkenny is proud to be a part of this process. Kilkenny currently have eight own brand stores in Dublin,

Cork, Galway and Killarney, Cashel, Shanagarry and Trim while also retailing from two sister brand stores known as Christy’s in Killarney, Co. Kerry and Cobh, Co. Cork 2. What Top Trends are anticipated for 2012 to influence sales figures? Retro, vintage florals are strong trends again this year, with bold colours also making an impact. 3. Are the Suppliers to the Kilkenny Brand primarily Irish Companies? Yes, suppliers to the Kilkenny Brand are primarily Irish. Kilkenny’s ethos is to promote and support Irish design and we do this whenever possible. It is very important for us as a company to support other Irish businesses and we will always lend our support to an Irish product if it meets with our criteria. However from time to time we do bring in products that are not Irish as we also want to give our customers a wider variety of products and price points to choose from. 4. How important is discovering new talent and products for the Kilkenny Brand? It is very important. There are so many talented Irish designers out there and when we find the right mix between their product and Kilkenny, it is so exciting, to introduce these products to our customers and be instrumental in growing their brand alongside Kilkenny. It is also important for Kilkenny to

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Shira Designer Jewellery, one of Ireland’s leading Jewellery designers and wholesale distributors. We specialise in costume jewellery using Swarovski crystals, precious stones and pearls. We have recently expanded our collection with the addition of our new silver and gold range. We offer a range of modern contemporary classics as well as vintage inspired pieces to accentuate and compliment your own unique style and look. Whether its jewellery for a special occasion or just another addition to your collection, Shira Designer Jewellery will be happy to help and offer a wide variety of styles at surprisingly affordable prices

Clara, Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Tel: +353 49 555 2055. Fax: +353 49 555 6747 Email: Web:

kilkenny group profile continue being innovative and give our customer what they want; something different and Irish. 5. What initially entices you to a new supplier? Initially I am attracted to a new supplier because of their product. It must be of an innovative design, have unique qualities and above all fit with the Kilkenny brand. 6. Can you explain the buying process, from identifying a potential new product to getting it on the shelves of your stores? Having seen potential in a new product, I would initially arrange to meet with the supplier and review look over the product, taking in design, innovation, quality and where it would sit in store. If the product is suitable, a retail price is agreed with the supplier 7. What advice would you give companies that are trying to get their products on the shelves in the Kilkenny stores? My advice would be, to be prepared and have a refined and finished product. Good packaging, design, presentation and quality are key. Be realistic with prices and always have the consumer in mind when pricing items. Background history is always good as people love a good story behind a product. Be bold, original and don’t be afraid to push the boundaries to produce a unique product. When the supplier is fully prepared it is then a good time to approach companies. 8. How important are Trade Shows in Ireland, the UK & Europe for the Kilkenny Brand? Irelands “ Showcase” is our most important show for obvious reasons and it gives us a great opportunity to see what new Irish talent is available and it also enables us to catch up with our existing suppliers. UK & European shows are also busy for us, as a lot of Irish suppliers are showing outside of Ireland. Also these shows allow us to keep up to date with the latest trends and developments in homewares and gifts on a global scale. 9. When attending a Trade Show, would you generally plan who you are going to visit prior to the show? Absolutely, it’s important to have a plan as some shows are vast and it takes a long time to properly navigate all the halls. Ideally you make planned visits on the first day and after that it’s all about finding the right products.

10. How important are Corporate Clients to the Kilkenny Brand? Corporate Clients are extremely important to the Group. We offer competitive added value services for any clients considering using Kilkenny as their corporate partner of choice. Contact our Marketing department for more information. 11. The Kilkenny Store in Nassau Street won The Store of The Year Award 2012, you must have been delighted? It was a fantastic achievement and I personally was over the moon. Having worked with Kilkenny for many years now and seen how hard the team has worked to achieve this, it makes it all worthwhile that they finally got the recognition they deserve. 12. is now launched, have you seen a lot of interest from the UK, Europe and American in buying Irish Products online? has been launched 3 years now and to date has proven very successful. Sales have grown very well in the past number of years despite the economic difficulties. Our customers come from all over the world to buy the very best of Irish design. And the US is certainly one of our most successful markets. This is primarily due to the number of expats living there. We are planning to relaunch our website this March which we are very excited about. 13. What do you particularly enjoy about being a Top Buyer for the Kilkenny Brand? I enjoy sourcing and developing new products and showcasing the new talent that i uncover. Growing a new brand from the beginning and watching it flourish excites me. 14. What are the plans for advancing the company’s portfolio in 2012? In 2011 we opened two new stores, in Trim, Co. Meath and Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. These stores have given the brand a stronger footprint in Ireland which we intend to develop in 2012. Kilkenny are constantly researching new store opportunities that fit our strategic expansion plans, therefore we expect ti increase our footprint in Ireland again this year.

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Tara’s Diary, by Shanore

Good memories last forever, so why not celebrate them” with the beautiful Tara’s Diary collection by Shanore! Available in the Kilkenny store on Nassau St and in Christy’s in Killarney, Tara’s Diary boasts a fabulous range of celtic-inspired charms perfect for marking a special occasion. Starting with a basic Tara's Diary Bracelet, €89 (available in 7”, 7 1/2” and 8”), build up a collection of charms over time to create a personalised and unique piece of jewellery. Each charm represents a different moment or occasion in your life, capturing memories to last a lifetime. No matter what the occasion – from weddings and christenings to 21st’s and everything in between – a Tara’s Diary bracelet or charm makes for a memorable and meaningful gift. Our favourite Celtic charms include: 1. Tara's Diary Irish Cottage, €43 2. Tara's Diary Bead with Claddagh Symbols, €53 3. Tara's Diary Celtic Weave, €32 4. Tara's Diary Crystal Shamrock, €40 5. Tara's Diary Shamrock & Spiral with Crystal, €30 6. Tara's Diary Sprial Design with Trinity, €62 To start your fabulous Tara’s Diary collection, simply take a trip to the Kilkenny store on Nassau St or visit Christy’s in Killarney.


Contact: Charles Hoysted Maria Hoysted Shannonbridge Pottery Shannonbridge, Athlone Co. Offaly Tel: 09096 75333 e-mail:

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otadóireacht na Caolóige near Clogher beach, Dingle, Co. Kerry. This scenic spot is where you’ll find Louis Mulcahy’s workshop and pottery showrooms, where each piece of hand crafted stoneware pottery is dreamed up and designed by Louis. Once he’s satisfied with a new design, the production team, which currently consists of about ten people, will produce it for sale in the showrooms and shops around Ireland that stock Louis Mulcahy pottery. It’s not simply a case of popping a pot into the oven though - once made, each piece is left to dry for up to a week before being fired for the first time at a temperature of 1,000ºC. The next step is glazing. All the pottery’s glazes have been devised by Louis to his own specific recipes. The pots are either dipped or sprayed, and any decoration or motif is applied by freehand brushwork. Last but not least comes the glaze firing, which reaches an incredible 1300º C. It’s these high firing temperatures that make the pottery so durable - all the pots are oven and dishwasher proof. And if you want to see how well the pottery stands up to day to day use, the Pottery Caifé serves its locally sourced menu on Louis Mulcahy tableware. There’s a huge selection of pots available, from tiny eggcups to dinner sets, tea sets, and ovenware, as well as elegant lamp bases and hand-painted T: +353 66 9156229 lampshades, decorative vases, flowerE: pots, and towering ali-baba style urns.


Kilkenny has stocked the Louis Mulcahy brand for over 20 years now, we have found the product to be of excellent quality, design and extremely popular with our customers. We are, as stockists, very proud to sell this very high standard, 100% handmade product.


t is with great delight that Ulster Weavers presents their uniquely crafted 2012 collection. A home grown company steeped in tradition, excellent customer service remains at the forefront of this business. What has always set Ulster Weavers apart from the crowd is the wide variety of product lines and frequent introduction of fresh new designs. After what could be described as a challenging year for the Irish retail market, the promise of 2012 offers retailers several key selling opportunities. Ulster Weavers have produced superbly designed high quality products to ensure each and every one of their customers maximises sale potential.

Laura Pasquetti, Pottery and craft Buyer, Kilkenny Group, Ireland

Extremely proud to have been appointed a Licensee by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, to produce official London 2012 kitchen textiles, Ulster Weavers have created a diverse range of products using both the bright and playful colours of the London 2012 palette and the more mature colours of The Olympic Museum Collection. Finally, Ulster Weavers is proud to announce a wonderful new design partner in Jan Constantine. Offering full product ranges in four stunning designs as well as three stylish bags, the Constantine Collection is designed for today, and reflects the great attention to style and good taste that has been lavished upon it.


ucked away in a converted mushroom factory in the heart of Co Down, is where you will find the home of much loved Irish giftware company, Bog Standard; a range of Irish made gorgeous candles, soaps, hand care and fragranced accessories inspired by and created in Ireland.

As Alix Mulholland, owner of the business says “From the sweet smell of Irish Rose to the refreshingly uplifting clean scent of best selling scent Irish Linen- we’ve tried to “bottle” all that is lovely about Irish life and landscape and share it. Where ever you travel in Ireland, you can’t fail to be seduced time and time again by the beauty, sights and

smells of this land. “ The range is made in Ireland, and the company are also proud to be members of the Crafts Council Of Ireland. Ireland itself and the breathtaking landscapes have world-wide appeal, the products aim to bring a little bit of that into the home. The company are continuously developing the product range and have a new range of products in the pipeline so watch this space! Available in Kilkenny stores nationwide as well as Kilkenny’s online store

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zara Jewellery is one of Irelands leading designers and wholesalers of costume jewellery . Established in 1997, the company has gained a reputation for superior quality, design and service. Its main brand ‘Absolute Jewellery’ is designed by Arlene Nee. In her passion for jewellery, she has travelled the globe sourcing unique components to produce her collection. Launched in 2003, this very popular brand is recognised for creative designs and meticulous attention to detail and quality. All of the jewellery is rhodium or gold plated and is set with pearls, semi precious stones and Swarovski elements. ‘Absolute’ is a fantastic range of jewellery with an enviable collection of necklaces, bracelets and earrings offering the consumer the latest in fashion ‘must haves’ as well as contemporary classics. Today the brand has developed by working with international designers to bring unique designs at affordable prices to the consumer and is now stocked in over 300 retailers across Ireland and the UK. This season will see the launch of the new collection ‘Jewel by


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Absolute’ at the Autumn Gift Fair in Citywest , Dublin on 19-22 August 2012. This collection will boast an extensive range of stunning yet affordable jewellery, from ‘fantastic fireballs’ to ‘pretty pearls’, this range has something for everyone.

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Aran Collection. The designers at Belleek have been inspired by the rustic but beautiful patterns found in Aran hand knitting. Aran Hand knitting, popular in Ireland since the 17th Century, originated on the Aran Islands which lie on the most westerly point of Europe, across from Galway Bay. Each unique pattern originates from different families and holds its own name and story. The Aran collection is complimented by accent patterns, such as Cable, Tree of Life and Fisherman which can be mixed to enhance your table. Belleek tableware is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe to 375F making it suitable to meet the needs of today’s busy household.

he Belleek Group, including the world renowned Belleek Classic & Belleek Living, Galway Living, Galway Crystal and Aynsley China is one of the most prestigious giftware groups in Ireland. Belleek porcelain is exquisitely detailed and appears luminous, translucent and light, but this beautifully handcrafted product is also resilient enough to withstand demanding every-day use. This year Belleek celebrate 155years in business and are proud to that product is still handmade in Ireland using the same skills and techniques passed down through generations since 1857. A new addition to Belleek tableware for 2012 is the

SHANNONBRIDGE POTTER Y S hannonbridge Pottery are suppliers to many of Ireland & UK leading retailers and wholesalers in the Gift trade. With over 70 shapes to choose from in our porcelain, earthenware and bone china Shannonbridge produces to a hgh standard a collectors range of product. Here we have produced exclusively for the Kilkenny Shops three exciting patterns Floral Fancy Red, Floral Fancy White and Trimmings. These exciting patterns can be purchased as a complete set or a mix and match. In the pictures in Floral Red - You have our traditional 6 Cup Teapot, Covered Sugar Bowl and our quirky stacking sugar & cream set In Floral White - You have the breakfast bowl the humble egg cup

1 and ⁄2 pt milk jug In both the Red & White Kilkenny stock 19 shapes In the Trimmings very unusual design you have our 6 cup oval teapot the covered sugar bowl and our even more quirky milk carton jug. For promotional work whether one mug design to intricate detailed work remember the name SHANNONBRIDGE, THE NAME IN DESIGN. WE ARE THE POTTERY PEOPLE Contact: Charles Hoysted Maria Hoysted Shannonbridge Pottery, Shannonbridge, Athlone, Co. Offaly. Tel ; 09096 75333 e mail:

Solvar Jewellery Kilkenny, home to Ireland’s largest collection of Irish designers, boasts some of the top jewellery collections in Ireland. Available in the Kilkenny store on Nassau St or online at, the Solvar jewellery range is a stunning Irish collection that incorporates everything from brooches to charms, all etched with unique ‘Irishness’. Solvar has evolved to become one of the world leaders in the manufacture of ethnic Irish and Celtic jewellery. All Irish Solvar jewellery is individually designed, drawing inspiration from Ireland's rich past and unique icons; the Claddagh, Celtic Cross, Shamrock and intricate Celtic Knot work. The

Solvar History of Ireland Brooch, €199.95 is a timeless and romantic Celtic gift to cherish for generations and is engraved with a variety of symbols to represent Irish history. The collection beautifully blends the traditional and the modern. The Solvar History of Ireland Ladies Bracelet, €264.95 and the Solvar History of Ireland Charm Bracelet, €212.45 are more modern style pieces engraved with ancient Irish symbols. All men should invest in a great pair of cuff links; the Solvar History of Ireland Cufflink, €199.95 are designed to the highest standards and would be the perfect gift for someone special.

To see Irish design in all its beauty, simply go online to or visit Kilkenny’s flagship store on Nassau St for the complete Solvar Jewellery collection.

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hira Designer Jewellery Ltd is an Irish company based in Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Varda Farrell originally from Tel Aviv, came to Cootehill in 1994 after meeting her husband Gary in Vietnam the previous year. Varda began selling jewellery 15 years ago, initially with silver and gold collections. Varda and Gary the directors have successfully expanded the business and supply to shops across Ireland and the UK. Jewellery design runs in Varda`s family, as her great grandfather in the early 20th century made jewellery for the British in Aden. Shira Jewellery offers a large range of designer costume jewellery as well as classic silver and gold. Our costume range features swarovski crystal, precious stones and pearls. Whether it is jewellery for a special occassion or just addition to your collection, Shira Designer Jewellery will be happy to help and offer a wide variety of styles at surprisingly affordable prices.

These photographs are taken from our current collection. Shira Designer Jewellery 00 353 49 5552055

The Amanda Murphy Collection

B Amanda Murphy Landscape Platter on Stand €71.95.

Amanda Murphy Ripple Landscape Dish €145.

Amanda Murphy Small Landscape Platter @46.95.


ring a touch of the Irish landscape to your home with the stunning Amanda Murphy collection, available from Kilkenny stores nationwide and the convenient online shop, Home to Ireland’s largest collection of Irish designers, Kilkenny brings together an eclectic mix of the best in Irish design under one roof. With its rippled bowls and jagged edge platters, the Amanda Murphy range is inspired by birds-eye views of Irish landscape, capturing it in all its rugged glory. Using oxides and coloured glass, each piece in the collection is hand-made and uniquely designed. The Amanda Murphy collection is comprised of a wide variety of vases, platters, bowls, wall pieces and nightlights in all shapes and sizes. The pieces are all beautifully textured and almost have an eroded effect, as though dug from the earth, to symbolise the mountains and valleys of Ireland. The blue-white crystalline glaze used makes the pieces perfect for the home, whether for sitting on table tops or hung on the wall. Our top picks from the Amanda Murphy collection at Kilkenny include: 1. Amanda Murphy Landscape Platter on Stand, €71.95 2. Amanda Murphy Ripple Landscape Dish, €145 3. Amanda Murphy Ripple Nightlight, €22.95 4. Amanda Murphy Small Landscape Platter, €46.95 5. Amanda Murphy Small Wave Dish, €39.95 6. Amanda Murphy Tiny Round Bowl, €14.95 Take a trip to your local Kilkenny store or go online to to get the fabulous Amanda Murphy collection for your home.

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Amanda Murphy Large Round Bowl €94.95.

Amanda Murphy Ripple Nightlight €22.95.

Amanda Murphy Small Wave Dish €39.95.


EDITION STEPS UP INTO HOME Debenhams announces the roll out the successful Edition concept into its Home division for Spring 2012.


aunched into womenswear in 2010, the Edition concept is a fluid platform for design talent to reach a mainstream audience, through launching a capsule collection at Debenhams. Designers are committed for a limited time, allowing customers all over the Ireland to access cutting edge design on their local high street. Ashley Thomas, Carol Lake and Yukari Sweeney are the first designers on the Edition Home stage, and will create collections that include soft accessories, bed linen, chinaware, travel accessories and wall art. Slightly different in its approach from the Edition Womenswear collection at Debenhams, Edition Home sees a real mixture of both experienced and fresh design talent, ranging from recent graduate Ashley to industry veterans Carol and Yukari, who have been hidden talents behind the scenes until now. The designers will create collections for Edition Home for a maximum of three seasons, when new designers will be given an opportunity to launch collections. There will however, be an opportunity for the Edition designers to become fully fledged ‘Designers at Debenhams’, and this will be dictated by customer reaction to each Edition brand. Edition Home will be launched exclusively into Belfast, Mahon Point & Patrick Street Cork, Blackrock, Blanch ardstown, Henry Street Dublin and Galway, aswell as online at www. It will be merchandised as a separate product destination in the homeware department, pulled together as if it were a small boutique shop-in-shop. Prices range from ?7.50 ?70. Said Steve Lightfoot, Divisional Director, Home, at Debenhams, “It’s such an exciting, original concept, and the designers are really passionate about bringing their art and creativity to a wider, mainstream audience. The collections are really individual and mirror the different designers’ style and quirky inter pretations of their surroundings. We are making unique design accessible to our customers on a national scale – which is something we are very proud of. There is certainly a ‘one-off’, small boutique feel about the range, which is something very new to Debenhams, and we are confident that our customers will love it.” Said Yukari Sweeney, “I was so happy when I found out I would be working with Debenhams to create a collection. The Debenhams team supported my idea whilst giving me good guidance and knowledge from their years of experience. It was amazing and gratifying seeing my designs appear in finished products. My Edition collection is about celebrating and enjoying London, and discovering all of the things that it has to offer. Whether you have lived here for a long time or are just visiting, it always has the ability to surprise and entertain you.” Said Ashley Thomas, "Working with Debenhams is a dream come true, I feel so privileged to be one of the Edition designers. My

collection is conversational, quirky and offers a playful touch to the home." Said Carol Lake, “Flowers, seasons, nature and colour have been my life and passion for many years now and I sincerely hope that my Edition range showcases that passion. To be given a free hand by Debenhams to paint flowers for my own homeware range has been invigorating. After years of anonymity, designing for other names and brands, I can't wait to see my range on display in stores and online.I feel very proud that with Debenhams support, I have designed an affordable range to put my talents in the spotlight.” Known for its extensive designer portfolio, which already sees Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda Ilincic, Preen and Jonathan Kelsey make up the Edition womenswear and accessories ranges, Debenhams is evolving the concept with the three new home designers.

CAROL LAKE Carol Lake is an incredibly passionate and talented designer and artist with over 25 years experience. Carol’s designs are influenced by the four seasons with the underlying colour in all her creations being various shades of green. Carol’s debut range for Edition is the culmination of her life’s experience which is reflected in a vibrant collection of interiors that will be an instant household classic. The ‘Rose’ bed linen, tea set, keepsakes and fragranced candles will inspire Britain to get back to nature.

ASHLEY THOMAS London-born Ashley comes from an artistic background. Her work is conversational, in that every piece tells a story about the characters that appear on them. Ashley’s hero pieces from her Edition collection include the wall art and cushions. The curious style of Ashley’s work aims to make fans of her designs wonder what the characters upon them are doing, especially the enigmatic ‘Henry the cat’ that appears on the character cushions.

YUKARI SWEENEY Yukari was born in Japan and spent her formative years working at a Japanese fashion house, Yukari is an expert in silk screen printing and her design aesthetic is English tradition mixed with Japanese style. Her collection for Edition is both striking and eccentric. London is the key reference for this individual collection of interiors and lifestyle accessories. STOCKISTS: This exclusive new collaboration of designer homeware will be exclusively stocked online at and instore - Belfast, Mahon Point & Patrick Street Cork, Blackrock, Blanchardstown, Henry Street Dublin and Galway.

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edicated to providing a platform for British design and, with the upcoming Queen’s Jubilee and Olympics this summer, there is no better place to be for inspiring UK talent than in London this June. In a city where creativity knows no bounds, Pulse will be the focal point for international buyers looking to capitalise on the UK talent on display. David Nicholls, design editor for the Telegraph Magazine, edits a selection of exhibitors on Pulse’s GB Trail to provide buyers with a guarantee that the products they are sourcing are uniquely British. Pulse gives retailers the opportunity to select the hottest new products in the industry, allowing them to capitalise on the summer trends and buy in season, as well as place orders in time for Christmas best-sellers. The show stocks unique and original designs across lifestyle gifts and homewares as well as cards, kids and wellbeing sectors. Launchpad is Pulse’s hotbed of the latest cutting edge products and design talent. Over 130 companies will feature in this exclusive buying zone, giving retailers the opportunity to buy from companies that are brand-new to Pulse, and cannot be found at any other trade event. Last year, Launchpad saw the likes of retail royalty Mary Portas place orders, and provided noteworthy press such as BBC Worldwide, Elle Decoration, Livingetc, and Sunday Times with something to write about. As the 2012 line up already includes Chase & Wonder, Kate Clarke, Jo Davies and


Pulse, London’s only designer summer trade event, takes place this June within central Earls Court

n your special day why not do something special for somebody else. Support Concern Worldwide and their work by offering favours on behalf of them on your wedding day. Concern Worldwide works with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives. They are an international humanitarian organization dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries.

Polly Westergaard Launchpad looks set to have another great year in 2012. To build on the success of previous years, Launchpad has expanded by 10% for 2012 to present even more exclusive brands and new innovative products at Pulse. Central St Martins will again take a central position within Launchpad, bringing with them some of the most fresh and exciting emerging talents in the UK. Makiko Nakamura, a former student and stand out talent from the 2011 Central St Martins stand, will be presenting her beautiful ceramic designs for the first time at Pulse this summer. Along with the emerging UK designers, there will be a strong international design presence in Launchpad 2012; Sian Deng’s (China/Hungary) innovative magnetic wallpaper and Mengsel’s (South Africa) silkscreen prints are both set to be big hits this year. This year, buyers can also expect to see Homeware brands Hey-Sign, Garden Trading, Aarevalo, Grand Illusions and Bronte Tweeds; Giftware companies Rice, Mark’s Japan, Leuchtturm 1917, Scandi Chic and Wild & Wolf; Fashion names Ceannis, Tatty Devine, Buttonera, Otis Jaxon and The Travel Wrap Company; and Wellbeing products from The Renovation Store, Andrea Garland, True Grace, Abahna and The Littlecote Soap Company. Pulse opens on Sunday 10 June, 2012. For more information visit

They work in partnership with the very poorest people in these countries, directly enabling them to improve their lives, as well as using our knowledge and experience to influence decisions made at a local, national and international level that can significantly reduce extreme poverty. If you would like more information about how you could help, please contact Jonathan Power on 01-417 7758 or email him at

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New Affordable Maternity Packages for



o doubt most of you MUMS2BE will agree with me. As women, we are facing more and more challenges while trying to manage our busy lifestyles. If we choose to pursue a career, it really is important to love what we do! As a midwife, working in Mount Carmel Private Hospital, I can say that I have found my professional passion in life. At Mount Carmel Private Hospital, I am fortunate to work in a beautiful location with excellent facilities. Works have recently been completed on a new Women’s Health Unit. In addition the hospital has launched a complimentary pregnancy support programme and has expanded access to the Early Pregnancy Unit for patients requiring early reassurance scanning. The hospital provides 24 hour Paediatric Care for babies and has a Special Care Baby Unit for babies requiring specialised care. Two leading experts in Fetal Medicine have joined the team at Mount Carmel, which will enable us to treat any problems which might arise with babies during pregnancy and it will also eliminate the need to transfer those patients to other centres which was the case heretofore. The maternity service is provided by a dedicated multidisciplinary team to guide women through their individual journey and the safe


delivery of their babies. As a midwife working in Mount Carmel Private Hospital I am afforded the opportunity to provide one to one individual care and to provide appropriate information and equip women to go through pregnancy and beyond, as confident mothers is an important aspect of our care. Pregnancy is a special journey for those of use who are fortunate to travel. How lucky I am to work as a midwife and help guide MUMS2BE on this journey? Brenda Hayes Clinical Midwifery Manager Mount Carmel Private Hospital

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Guide to Maternity Services


uidiú, The Irish Childbirth Trust, have launched ‘Bump2Babe: The Consumer Guide to Maternity Services in Ireland’. This guide is filled with useful information for mums and mums-to-be including birthing statistics, policies, practices and services. The information was gathered from all 22 maternity units across the country. This unique guide offers detailed comparisons of services. It compares intervention practices such as induction, caesareans and episiotomy rates. This guide highlights how there is a complete lack of standardisation across the maternity units in Ireland, showing that policies and practices vary from unit to unit. This means that how a woman gives birth could depend on where she lives. The statistics show considerable variations for first-time mums regarding intervention methods, especially induction, caesarean births and episiotomy rates. In fact, some hospitals have shown to have double the rate of other hospitals. This guide can be accessed online and is very easy to navigate for

expecting parents. It will help prepare pregnant women for their labour and will also make them aware of their options when choosing their maternity unit. Mums will now be able to make an informed and practical decision regarding their care. The project was part-funded by the HSE and Citizens Information Board and part-funded by Cuidiú’s sponsors, Pampers. This is part of the ongoing support that Pampers have given to Cuidiú and mumsto-be. Pampers have also recently launched a 'newborn essential pack' which can be applied for through hospitals and antenatal classes nationwide, as well as on The guide is available on

Bespoke pure silver jewellery featuring the fingerprint, handprint, footprint or artwork of someone you love


iny Tots Silver Prints came about when I was looking for a unique keepsake following the birth of my little girl in 2009. I came across silver fingerprint jewellery and fell in love with the idea - a beautiful piece of jewellery and a treasured reminder of my daughter. Tiny Tots Silver Prints began life in the UK and is now one of the only silver fingerprint jewellery sites in Ireland featuring handprint and footprint jewellery and children's artwork jewellery alongside the fingerprint jewellery range. I hope you enjoy browsing the site. There is something for everyone - a charm for her, cufflinks for him and even pawprint jewellery for pet lovers! If you would like to order something which isn't featured, please just Contact Us so that we can discuss possibilities. Please also have a look at the FAQ page for more information on the jewellery, how to take prints and much more.

Fingerprint Jewellery Our fingerprint charms and cufflinks are made from 99% pure silver and are polished to a high shine. Featuring a child or adult's

fingerprint, these pieces are a permanent keepsake to treasure forever. Children under the age of 18 months to 2 years may not have sufficiently defined fingerprints to make a good impression and it would be better to take a look at the hand and footprint jewellery range instead. Hand & Footprint Jewellery There are very few things as special as a child's handprint and footprint so why not immortalise them in silver to carry with you forever! We create a wide range of pieces, from mini outline charms to pendants, cufflinks and keyrings. There are no age restrictions at all for these pieces and they are perfect for small babies who do not have defined fingerprints. The hand and footprints are our personal favourites at Tiny Tots! You don't need to pick the shape of charm you would like at this stage, you can ponder for a while and just include it on the order form once you have taken the prints! Phone: 086 359 7265 Email: Address: Coopers Lane, Rush, Co. Dublin, Ireland

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Lee Stafford – ArganOil™ from MoRocco


orever on a mission to tend to the nations tress traumas, haircare supremo Lee Stafford has created the ultimate new range set to be ‘oil the rage!’ Introducing Lee Stafford ArganOil™ from Morocco, developed with a unique blend of ingredients including Argan Oil - a rich, nourishing oil, native to Morocco.

This range is sure to tick all of your boxes, designed specifically to nourish and enrich for the smoothest, silkiest, healthiest hair yet! ArganOil™ from Morocco is made up of a Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner which restores hair’s natural moisture balance and a Deep Nourishing Treatment which is mega moisturising and intensely hydrates and restores hair, creating the perfect sleek salon finish. The ever thinking Lee Stafford didn’t just stop there!! Lee knows that hair needn’t suffer to be beautiful so he included a light weight, non-greasy Heat Defence Spray and Nourishing Miracle Oil to add extra protection and shine. Argan Oil contains many of the ingredients associated with repairing hair and the creation of luxurious healthy hair. The Berber women of Morocco have used Argan Oil as part of their daily beauty regime for hundreds of years and consider it to have many benefits, including preventing moisture loss in their unforgiving desert surroundings. Now for the first time ever, these ancient beauty

secrets, proven for centuries are spreading worldwide with thanks to genius Lee Stafford! Each product within this exciting new range is very personal to Lee, it makes up what he considers to be the perfect haircare collection using nothing less than the best possible ingredients. Lee has been involved every step of the way in creating this extraordinary range – ‘I tried and tested these products again and again until I was happy that the range did exactly what it says on the bottle, driving my team half mad in the process!’

• Lee Stafford ArganOil™ from Morocco Nourishing Miracle Oil is available exclusively at Boots nationwide from June 2011 • Lee Stafford ArganOil™ from Morocco range is available exclusively at Boots nationwide from June 2011 • for press information contact Daisy at nbpr on 020 7833 9160 or email or

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n a cold and windy mid-summers day in Donegal Thomas Joseph sits peacefully waiting for inspiration or humour for his next painting of a sheep? The truth of the matter is Tom is painting the landscape, a winding river, a country lane, or a cottage, the subjects that have interested him for many years. His aspirations for recognition as a painter, in a very different traditional style, have been diminished today to the Irish artist who paints silly sheep. The regular painting trips have continued and quite frequently a silly sheep appears from somewhere. Tom enjoys the fame and quietly accepts his good fortune. In frustration ten years ago he combined several painting techniques and low and behold a picture of an odd looking sheep was the conclusion. After showing several of the mystery paintings to visitors and friends, they laughed and thus began the Whimsical World of Thomas Joseph. Following a year or two of success selling prints from the boot (trunk) of his car to the Irish gift trade Morrigan Ltd appeared and hesitantly developed the brand. The hesitation was a question about ‘good art’ as the style was somewhat ‘rough’ but was immediately full of appeal. All at Morrigan still scratch their heads and ask the inevitable question about ‘when is it going to end?’ The opinion is that it never will end. The style and Tom have become ‘ewe-nique’ and a permanent part of a mystery still to be answered maybe it is just honest fun? Visitors to Tom’s gallery close to Carrickfergus Castle, on the shores of Belfast Lough will see a very small room which doubles as a studio and a shop. Tom’s wife Pat explains the gallery as an excuse to meet many of his fans. Gee are ‘ewe’ the real Thomas Joseph? He continues to smile and loves the attention. There are many sheep designs, pictures, and products on the

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market but Thomas Joseph is ‘the man’. The first ever large format calendar will be launched in 2012, for 2013, following many requests. Each of the past eight years has seen the smaller desk calendar being sold in record numbers. The new large format calendar will be a collection of classic pictures from the past and will be available internationally, with a major launch in North America and Australasia. Two other formats of the same calendar will be available. For the serial collectors Morrigan Ltd will also be releasing a new 2013 edition. Not surprisingly these calendars sell primarily through the summer months and are very popular with tourists from Easter onwards. They sell to tourists of every nationality even though they quite often misunderstand the play on words, they just like the pictures. The promise of kitchen textiles has been slightly delayed until June when stock of Aprons, Tea towels, gloves, etc will be available. Trays which are food safe are now available in six designs, with more to follow during 2013. New designs mugs, coasters, placemats are all available. Essentially, the kitchen textile and tabletop accessories will be a developing part of Morrigan Limited plans in the future. The stationery range of cards, notebooks, and prints, and other items will continue with new products periodically throughout the coming year.

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Island Distribution based in County Wicklow are the appointed distributors for Thomas Joseph in Ireland. See the advertisement in this publication for contact details. UK and international enquiries should be made to Morrigan Limited who will also be exhibiting at Scotland’s Trade Fair, SECC Glasgow, Stand G70 and the International Spring Fair, NEC, Birmingham from the 4th– 9th February, Stand 4J80. Additional information is also available from


exclusively housewares 2012

LA CAFÈTIERE® & RANDWYCK® EXCLUSIVELY HOUSEWARES – Stand 158 he Autumn/Winter and Christmas ranges will be La Cafetière’s® major focus at the 2012 Exclusively Housewares show alongside a dedicated space for its exciting new UK Randwyck® range. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see a wide selection of existing best sellers plus a number of innovative new concepts the company will preview for launch towards the end of the year.


Intermezzo and T41 are ccompletely in tune with the current trend for healthy drinks and ideal for speciality large leaf tea such as mint tea, green tea and fruit infusions.

La Cafetière®

Intermezzo is an elegant way to serve hot and cold fruit infusions or favourite traditional teas made from heat-resistant, borosilicate glass with polypropylene handle and lid.

For those buyers looking for inspiration for the festive season, La Cafetière® is showing the very stylish Damask and Belle gift boxed cafetières – both of which will make great gifts.

T41 is as its name implies is a teapot and cup made for one and is made from heatresistant, borosilicate glass with a stainless steel lid.

Damask is a beautiful, rich ruby red cafetière with chrome plated handle and lid, destined to become a design classic.

Belle is ideal for any special occasion; this elegant limited edition 8 cup cafetière with chrome plated handle and lid features a crisp white and silver design.

Havana The perfect winter warmer and the epitome of indulgence is La Cafetière’s® Coco stove top chocolate pot, available in cream, red and polished aluminium, a must have for all chocoholics.

Randwyck® Perfectly reflecting the essence of the Randwyck® brand – highlights on the stand will include a number of very affordable, modern, vibrant and innovative products which include:


Randwyck® does coffee too - glass, chrome and matt black always works. The very smart Havana Coffee Press has clean uncluttered lines and comes in 3, 4, 8 and 12 cup sizes.

2012 will see La Cafetière® continue to build its reputation as the supplier of designled and ultra-stylish ranges of coffee, tea and chocolate related products and accessories. Come and see for yourself on Stand 158.

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Preview – Exclusively Housewares – Stand Number 454


ollowing the company’s recent confirmation of yet another fantastic year, Exclusively Housewares will provide visitors with the perfect opportunity to see for themselves just why Portmeirion Group continues to be so successful. The stand will comprise a stunning showcase of exciting new products alongside recent introductions and ongoing best sellers from Portmeirion Group’s famous brands Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester and Pimpernel. The key to the Group’s success is its strategy of continuous new product development of on-trend ranges, all of which remain true to their own individual and iconic brand heritage.

Highlights Portmeirion Alongside long time favourites and recent introductions there will be a tribute to Portmeirion’s most famous design, Botanic Garden now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Brand new for the show will be a charming capsule collection by Sophie Conran for Portmeirion in a beautiful pink colourway featuring mug, pitcher, heart shaped plates and bowls as well as a large salad bowl plus two new and adorable children’s gift sets in Pink or Blue.

Spode People simply cannot get enough of Blue Italian and in response to the ever increasing demand Spode has added an assortment of small and perfectly formed gift pieces which include a trinket box, a vase, a handled basket, a jug, a small tray and a footed bowl. These lovely gift boxed items are ideal for the Blue Italian collector and lovers of blue and white ceramics alike.


Spode’s delightful Paddington range has also been extended and now features a pair of bookends, an embossed egg cup and snack plate, a keepsake box, a photo frame and a wall clock, all beautifully gift boxed to create perfect presents for all young Paddington fans.

Royal Worcester Extending its comprehensive and diverse range of ‘must have’ mugs, Royal Worcester has been working with Caroline Gardner, renowned for her contemporary range of popular stationary and greetings cards. The collection features a selection of Caroline’s iconic floral images along with her new ditzy floral motifs and quirky animal designs. Additional new designs for the bone china mug collection from Royal Worcester focus on popular themes that are close to our hearts – ‘I love summer’, ‘On the allotment’ and farm animals including ‘Pigs’, ‘Cows’ and ‘Sheep’. Each mug comes complete with striking gift packaging.

Pimpernel Alongside its recently launched RHS collections called ‘Grow Your Own’ and ‘Roses’ plus the Paddington range of melamine, cutlery and placemats, Pimpernel will be introducing new placemats, coasters and trays featuring probably one of the most famous and best loved Sanderson designs, Dandelion Clocks. ENDS For more detailed information on the Portmeirion Group, or Spode, Royal Worcester, Pimpernel and the Portmeirion brand product ranges please visit or email or telephone Portmeirion Group business enquiries on 01782 744721 For further press information please contact: Jane Reade, Grylls+Reade –


he unprecedented success of Spode’s Blue Room Limited Edition Diamond Jubilee collection, has resulted in a total sell-out of the products. Therefore, in response to continuing and enthusiastic demand, Spode has decided to introduce a second, non-limited edition range. Again made in Stoke on Trent, this new collection also comprises a mug and dresser plate and features a subtle re-styling of those key design elements that made the original concept such a success, the Royal Coat of Arms and beautiful border detail. This additional Spode Diamond Jubilee range is exquisitely detailed and comes with a certificate in a beautifully designed gift box, making it a truly desirable and special piece of commemorative ware.

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Create a Magical Winter Wonderland In-store this Christmas with Yankee Candle®


hristmas just wouldn’t be complete without the festive true to life fragrances from the world’s best loved candle. The new Housewarmer® scents join the Festive Fragrance Family and are available to order from June 2012, allowing retailers plenty of time to plan for the most important shopping period of the year. Famous for premium fragrances that will last throughout the festive period, the new additions are ideal to position in store as an affordable luxury, perfect as a special Christmas gift, Secret Santa or simply for customers to give homes a festive atmosphere this winter. The new fragrances are presented in the classic Housewarmer® Jar Candle that consumers know and love so well plus Tumbler Candles, popular Samplers, Tarts® and Tea Lights providing customers with an inexpensive treat for themselves or fragrant update for homes. Apple & Pine Needle; Popular pine gets a


fruity twist as crisp apple notes are combined with pine needle, cypress and cedarwood Cranberry Ice™; Refreshingly tart and sweet! A cool, stimulating rush of frosty red fruits bursting with a tangy sweetness Snow in Love; Fall in love with this delightful blend of creamy, comforting woods and wintry powder freshness. Sugared Apple; A deliciously sweet apple treat … The perfect recipe of juicy apples sprinkled with sugar and vanilla. Offered in classic green, white and red colour ways with eyecatching, true to fragrance labelling, the new scents give retailers a plethora of merchandising options with which to appeal to busy shoppers this Christmas. Arrange small House warmer® Jars and Tumbler Candles near till points to attract all important impulse purchases and recommend smaller items including Tea Lights and Samplers as stocking filler ‘must haves’. Make the most of free access to Yankee Candle’s® Marketing Toolbox where all POS materials will be available to be downloaded to enhance displays and create maximum sales at the most important selling period of the year.

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PURE LONDON TEAM GO THE EXTRA MILE 19th-21st August 2012 – London Olympia


he Pure London team will be taking part in the Great Fashion Cycle Ride from London to Paris with the Ethical Justice Foundation (EJF) this July. The 300 mile cycle ride from London to Paris will pass through picturesque countryside, crossing the Channel and continuing through the small villages and medieval market towns of Northern France and finishing at the Eiffel Tower. EJF is a registered charity established in 2000 to empower people who suffer most from environmental abuses to find peaceful ways of preventing them. EJF are involved in a number of valuable campaigns all over the world, including one particularly close to the heart of the fashion industry, the 'Pick your cotton carefully' campaign. Katy Davis, Event Manager of Pure London commented “A few months ago I agreed to cycle with some of my colleagues from London to Paris to support the EJF. We have chosen to champion the ‘Pick your cotton carefully’ campaign, with all funds raised through the ride going directly to help the EJF in their plight to eradicate child labour and the deadliest pesticides from cotton production, alongside promoting organic alternatives. We’re all really looking forward to the challenge – it’s going to be a true test of strength and stamina.” EJF’s fashion campaign is focused on ending the use of forced child

labour and harmful pesticide use in the cotton industry. Whether it is state enforced, or child trafficking, millions of children around the world face severe exploitation in cotton production. EJF also campaigns for a global ban on the most toxic pesticides which in total kill over 20,000 people a year. Katherine Ross from the EJF commented “EJF is proud to be working with Pure London on The Great Fashion Cycle, raising awareness and essential funds for the charity’s ‘Pick Your Cotton Carefully' campaign. Cotton should be improving lives, but too often this ‘white gold’ brings misery to some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Pure London has supported EJF’s campaign for the past four years, and we are thrilled to announce four members of the team are saddling up for EJF’s Great Fashion Cycle in aid of the world's unseen fashion victims. Linking Europe's top two fashion cities – London and Paris – EJF’s Great Fashion Cycle is the ride of a lifetime!” FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Kate Stafford or Sharon Good at Good Results PR T: 0207 553 2080 E: E:

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he Seychelles Islands need little introduction as the perfect venue for a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or just that impromptu, romantic break. For many years, just the name ‘Seychelles’ has conjured up magical images of a necklace of surreally beautiful islands, lost to the world, and Time itself, where dappled sapphire seas conspire with silver sands and emerald palms to offer the very best in romantic experiences. Even if such a sublime location required endorsement, well, that has recently been provided in the most emphatic way by the couple behind the wedding of the year: the newly-married Duke & Duchess of Cambridge who chose to honeymoon in Seychelles, having already visited the islands once before. The royal couple are only the latest in a long line of V.V.I.P’s who make the pilgrimage to islands considered by many to be the most beautiful in the world. They are attracted, not only by the extraordinary natural beauty and tranquillity of the place, but also by the remoteness of the islands from the madding crowd and from the cohorts of paparazzi who find it difficult to follow them there. When you add to the mix the innate romantic ambiance that holds sway over Seychelles’ 115 islands, the natural friendliness of their tiny, 87,000- strong population and the grand diversity of experiences that the islands offer, it’s easy to see why a Seychelles’ Romantic Holiday is so high on many people’s bucket list. So, what of the nuts & bolts of such a holiday? What are the other advantages and benefits of the ultimate in romantic holidays? Top of the list must come the fact that the Seychelles Islands offer such diversity - not only in the islands themselves (74 low-lying coral atolls and 41, steep, granitic Inner Isles), but also in their flora & fauna, ethnicity, architecture, cuisine, traditions and activities. The islands offer amazing diving, fishing, sailing, trekking, eco-holidays, spa & wellness vacations and golf. It is exactly this heady blend of attributes which underpins the Seychelles tourism logo: The


Seychelles Islands…another world and Seychelles’ particular style of tourism, announced in mid 2010 by President James Michel who also holds the portfolio for tourism. He strongly believes that Seychelles needs a diverse product base to cater for today’s tourist who is not so much looking to flop and drop as savour the experiences that the country has to offer - experiences that will take them ‘beneath the skin’ of the islands and offer them unforgettable memories of a unique place with unique attributes. Beyond a Seychelles wedding making a lot of economic sense when compared with the costs of tying the knot at home, when planning a wedding in Seychelles, it’s also handy to know that Seychelles is one country that does not require a visa from anyone. All that is required to enter the country is a return ticket, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the stay to qualify for a one-month visa. Also, hotels in Seychelles perform only one wedding per day, so clients are assured of the wedding team’s full attention, right down to the minute details. Where necessary, members of the wedding team are also able to serve as witnesses. Another good bit of news is that, for British citizens getting married in Seychelles, the wedding certificate is recognised in the UK. In the case of British nationals wedding a foreigner, then an Apostille stamp will be required on the certificate so that the same

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candle-lit dinner, either on the beach or in their villa on their special day. They should also pre-book the menu to avoid disappointment. There is also the option of engaging a solo musician to serenade them at the ceremony, and also of marrying on a catamaran in the may be recognised in the partner’s country of origin. A British citizen late afternoon so that they may also enjoy the pleasures of a sunset marrying a French, Italian or Swiss citizen, will have to follow the cruise. The choice of accommodation in Seychelles is very wide and procedures applicable for these nationals. there is something to suit every budget, The couple in question should be sure from the unbridled opulence of the many to arrive in Seychelles and be at the hotel 5 star hotels and exclusive island resorts, at least three days prior to the ceremony ater Rouz/Ceramic studio is situated at the to the charms of the smaller Creole in order to add the final touches to the Domaine de Val des Prés. We produce and hotels, guesthouses and self caterings. wedding arrangements, which is actually sell handmade local pottery, many with Each occupies its own special niche and a pre-requisite from most hotels when tropical designs based on the flora and offers its own brand of unforgettable, they draw up their wedding contracts. fauna of the islands, making each one a unique Seychelles hospitality. They should also ensure that all souvenir. Seychelles is the perfect backdrop for a required paperwork and documents are wedding, honeymoon or indeed any type forwarded on time as per the Registrar’s of romantic break. Here, among islands requirements. It is important to note that, lapped by sapphire seas in the land of in the case of church weddings, these perpetual summer, there is a certain require the approval of the Bishop of the timeless quality to life that is hard to couple’s religious denomination. replicate anywhere else. From whichever Getting down to details, it is strongly aspect, it is almost as if the Creator advised that the couple book the services designed these islands with lovers in mind of a professional photographer and, also, - a fact that an increasing number of those of a hair and make-up artist for the couples are taking to heart. bride. They can also arrange for a special

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mer pendant and earrings. The craft section of Kreolor offers a wide variety of craft items including costume jewellery (bracelets, chokers, necklaces, hair clips), interior decorative objects (mirrors, boxes, soap holders, hot plates, tea trays), desk accessories (letter openers, pencil trays, pencil holders, business card holders) all made from wood and natural products.

reolor was founded in 1990 by Mr. Claudio Izzi and owes its success to his creative designs and the use of natural materials found on the islands. The Kreolor 18ct gold collection includes a variety of earrings, bracelets, chains, pendants and rings. Some product lines have already established themselves as favourites such as the famous coco de

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Revive Dull and Dry Winter Skin with


almer’s Cocoa Butter FormulaTM offers an array of deeply moisturising products ideal for keeping skin hydrated throughout the winter months. So whether you prefer rich creamy Body Butters or a polishing Body Scrub perfect for soft winter skin, Palmer’s has the answer!

give you an even-toned, smooth and glowing body. This fastabsorbing formula makes skin silky-soft and instantly radiant with no residue ensuring all you leave behind is a subtle chocolate scent. Ideal for nourishing extra dry skin all over the body. RRP £4.99 / 6oz / 170g.

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This brand NEW awardwinning Scrub from Palmer’s features a blend of pure cocoa butter, Vitamin E, shea butter and natural crushed cocoa beans. A delight for parched skin, Palmer’s Body Scrub offers intense moisturisation whilst refining and polishing the skin, ready for the coming winter months. Palmer’s Body Scrub is gentle on the skin, melting upon application creating the perfect combination of light exfoliation with a rich and creamy texture guaranteed to leave you with super smooth, silky skin from top to toe! Apply to problem dry areas such as knees and elbows or lather all over before showering to restore that glow! RRP £4.99 / 200g available at Boots

The ultimate Mediterranean treat, Palmer’s Olive Butter Formula Body Butter blends together Certified Organic ExtraVirgin Olive Oil and Pure Olive Butter with Vitamin E to deeply hydrate and condition dry skin. The powerful anti-ageing Peptide Complex found in these beautyboosting ingredients helps stimulate the synthesis of collagen which aids in the improvement of skin’s firmness and elasticity for a firmer, younger-looking skin which we all desire. Packed with antioxidants and enriched with Vitamin E , this freshly scented formula fights free-radicals, helping your body to feel nourished and youthful looking skin. RRP £4.99 / 6oz / 170g

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Palmer’s range of pampering Body Butters offer the ideal solution for dry winter skin. Each is based on the original Palmer’s Butter formula, enriched with natural moisturising factor Urea; they combat dryness and leave skin soft and intensely moisturised. Available in four luxurious variants, there’s an aroma for everyone making dry winter skin a thing of the past! Find out what each butter’s unique benefits can do for your skin.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Butter Ideal For: Softening & Smoothing

Pure Natural Cocoa Butter combined with restorative Vitamin E nourishes the roughest, driest skin on elbows, knees, feet and hands improving the appearance of marks and scars, while deeply hydrating the body. An ultra-moisturising butter which melts into the skin, to


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Exotic conditioning agent Natural Coconut Milk is an unparalleled moisturiser thanks to the high content of lauric acid and high levels of fatty acids which fortify skin and help to retain moisture. The natural antioxidant content of Vitamin E and Coconut along with Coconut’s anti-inflammatory properties make this indulgent, luxuriously creamy butter a must for healthy, youthful, soft skin. A complex blend of natural botanicals such as Macadamia Oil, Almond Oil, Aloe and Mango Butter are blended with the Natural Coconut Milk for a creamy treat perfect for daily use after-bathing. RRP £4.99 / 6oz. / 170g . Available at Asda, Boots, Superdrug and

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Colour with a Touch of Dutch OPI Launches Holland Collection for Spring/Summer 2012


PI celebrates colour with the Holland Collection for Spring/Summer 2012. Inspired by the country’s range of stunning shades – as seen in vivid tulips, windmill-dotted hillsides and bustling canals – the collection’s twelve shades offer a mixture of sophisticated neutrals and highly-pigmented brights. “Holland has a very unique, vibrant beauty to match its open-minded nature,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Spring is the season of colour, and the Holland Collection provides an array of pink, coral and orange hues that capture this energy. The bright lacquers are married with neutrals in new variations like red clay and sea green.” A sequence of electric brights, including a sun-lit orange (A Roll in The Hague), a hot coral-red (Red Lights Ahead…Where?) and two perfectly pretty pinks (Kiss Me on My Tulips and a lightcatching Pedal Faster Suzi!) complement their cooler counterparts in hues of glistening purple (Dutch ’Ya Just Love OPI? and Vampsterdam), while elegant neutrals (Gouda Gouda Two Shoes, Did You ’ear About Van Gogh? and Wooden Shoe Like to Know?) meet two shimmer-laced blues (I Have a Herring Problem and I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!) and a creamy sea green (Thanks a WindMillion). “Wearing these colours on fingers and toes will accessorize the season’s hottest trends,” remarks Suzi. “The varied palette of colors accentuates the looks that walked the runway, from coloured pants and ladylike frocks to long, blousy-sleeved tops and dramatic patterns.”

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ABOUT OPI As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.

HOME, GIFT & LIFESTYLE Volume 3 Issue 9


craftspeople of ireland

Craftspeople of Ireland Candles

Company Name: BLUEBELL ECO CANDLES Address: Kilquane, Headford, Killarney.Co-Kerry Telephone: 00353 86 8112398 Email Address: Website: Contact Name: Fleur Daly Company Description: Welcome to Bluebell Eco candles. Our Soy Aromatherapy Candles are clean burning, hand poured & drenched in natural essential oils. By using essential oils in our soy candles means you are filling your chosen environment with a delightful, natural, soot free alternative. Not only do you have a beautiful scent but also have the healing properties of your chosen essential oils. Discover the benefits of natural, long lasting, non toxic soy candles.Inspired by nature. Made by hand. Discover the benefits of Natural, Long lasting Non Toxic Soy Candles. We are committed to providing the most natural candles and products as possible. Made under the beautiful Kerry mountains in Ireland we are helping to positively affect the environment of your home and the world around us. Soy wax is all-natural renewable sustainable resource. All Bluebell Eco Candles are made in small batches and hand poured to ensure our highest quality standards. Let a hand poured essential oil scented candle soothe your senses through beautifully crafted, all-natural soy products. Our handmade soy candles do not emit chemicals into the air you breathe, or increase CO2 levels. They are 100% NON TOXIC and biodegradable. Resulting in a healthier air quality for you and your family while enhancing the sustainability of the earth.

Ceramics Company Name: CLARE JORDAN CERAMICS & JEWELLERY Address: Swallows Rest Studio, Rathjordan, Herbertstown, Co Limerick. Telephone: +353 (0)87 4169450 Email Address: Web Address: Contact Name: Clare Jordan Company Description: Clare Jordan Ceramics creates art forms of unique style and intrinsic beauty through organic fusion of nature, emotion and spirit using handmade porcelain in single and series sculptures, limited edition jewellery and bespoke commissions. Providing art for all occasions, such as that special birthday, wedding or racing day outfit, prize or award, or a more casual piece, to the discerning customer for personal, gift and corporate needs through gallery, retail and web outlets. Based at Swallows Rest Studio, in rural County Limerick, Ireland, I am a Ceramic Artist, currently exploring concepts of life through the delicate strength of porcelain. Having a passion for porcelain I create unique, innovative design in handmade jewellery and sculpture gifts. Contrasts and opposites attract me. I find porcelain reflects contrast very well. With varying degrees of translucency and decoration of handmade ceramic organic forms I portray the contrasts of fragility and strength often found in life. The concepts are diverse, as is life in it’s many forms of nature, humanity and spirituality. A key inspiration is water, a fundamental life form. The fragile beauty of a single drop contrasts with the powerful strength of a crashing wave, as in the “Waterflow” piece pictured to the right.Each piece I make has a story, a reason for being, born of a concept. My challenge is to tell it’s story well.


Company Name: FRED CURTIS CRYSTAL Address: Genavie House, Brandane, Bannow Bay, Co Wexford Telephone: +353 (0) 51 560559 Email Address: Website Address: Contact Name: Fred Curtis Company Description: Fred Curtis designs and produces 100% Irish crystal, mouth blown and hand cut by Master Artisans at his studio in County Wexford Ireland. Specializing in Bespoke and personalized pieces for all occasions. He has designed pieces for Mother Theresa, Numerous US Presidents and Clint Eastwood to name just a few.


Fashion, Accessories & Textiles

Company Name: ALICE HALLIDAY Address: 1 The Lawn, Castletownshend, Skibbereen, Co.Cork Telephone: 028 36942 / 086 8843585 Email Address: Website Address: Contact Name: Alice Halliday Company Description: Beautiful, unique, high quality fashion and accessories. Handmade using a majority of recycled materials. Cork Fashion Week Designer of the Year 2011. Offering a wide range of products; Womenswear; casual and evening, bridalwear, hair accessories, jewellery, belts, bags, household textiles and menswear. Pieces can be made to order.

Handbags and Hats Company Name: BINTYBAGS Address: Ashbury, Ballybeg Great Screen, Co Wexford Telephone: 087 7416655 Email Address: Website Address: Contact Name: Ann Spring Company Description: My love of sewing and life long experience in the fashion industry, together with my passion for fashion, lead me to designing and making these beautiful textile handbags and hats. By choosing fabric and colours carefully, I have created a fantastic selection of bags and hats to cover all occasions. My designs are vibrant and unique and will catch the eye of all fashion lovers.

Handmade Waistcoats & Wood Crafts

Company Name: OWENMORE MANUFACTURING Address: Clooneagh, Gurteen, Co Sligo Telephone: +353 719 182984 Mobile: 085 1122135 Email: Website Address: Contact Name: Stephen & Clare Kelly Company Description: We produce a wide range of Handcrafted Irish Products from Shillelagh Walking Sticks to clocks and Wall Plaques. The Tweed/Wool Waistcoats are original and exquisite, yet retain a rural charm. Our products make unique gifts from the West of Ireland. We specialize in commissions for any occasion, special gift or event.


Company Name: MARY BRENNAN DESIGNS…. YOUR JEWELLERY Address: Old Coach Road, Stonehouse, Dunleer, Co Louth Telephone: 086 2213411 Email Address: Website Address: Contact Name: Mary Brennan Company Description: I Design and Handcraft Jewellery in Silver, Inset with Gold and Semi-Precious Gemstones. I have had a lifelong interest in Jewellery and Design and draw my inspiration from Nature Contemporary Design, Abstract Celtic Design and Animation. I also work on commissions where I can create and designs you may have. My Aspiration Is To Design Your Jewellery…..

HOME, GIFT & LIFESTYLE Volume 3 Issue 9

Home, Gift and Lifestyle  

36 page magazine

Home, Gift and Lifestyle  

36 page magazine