Nine months ago I’d never have thought that I’d be doing this today. Dave and I took over The Design Loft at the beginning of November last year. So the last seven months have been some of the busiest of my life but they’ve also been some of the most exciting.
We both knew the business well as we are both designer-makers and had been selling in the shop in previous years. However owning the shop is a whole different thing and we we’re loving it.
Some other members of our family are also involved. Nathan, our son, looks after much of the legal side of things and takes care of
the web site and on line store and our daughter Erica, comes with 9 years retail management experience in Dublin city centre and New Zealand and her merchandising and administrative experience is a huge asset. So all told it’s a family business.
One of the things I love most about this business is meeting new designers. There’s so much talent in this country – it’s amazing. Hardly a day goes by without some new designer getting in touch. Sometimes I’d love to push the walls out a bit! For now we have over forty designers exhibiting a range of work which includes art, photography, jewellery, ceramics and textiles.
All our designers are terrific and so supportive of our beautiful shop. It’s so good to be able to showcase beautiful Irish design and its always exciting to see something new coming into the gallery.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been busy updating and refitting the gallery to create a better space for all this fabulous work. We’re nearly there now and we think it’s looking pretty stylish! Just some new lighting to go and we’ll be all shiny and new. I hope you love our new colours.
With summer here there’s loads of tourists visiting Powerscourt and, along with our regular local customers who we value so much, this means we have loads of people coming through our doors. I love to see Irish handmade craft and design heading all over the world. Pieces have gone all over Europe, the USA, China, Australia, Africa and of course to our near neighbours in the UK already this year.
We’d love you to come and visit us in our newly refurbished shop, and in the mean time check out our new online store *here*. Our first ten online customers get 10% off, for a limited time, using this code: EARLYBIRD17