Although Ireland may be a small island, there certainly isn’t a shortage of talent within this country! Irish Country Magazine has released the shortlist of nominees in the running for the 2017 Irish Made Awards. There are so many brilliant businesses up for awards, and we’re absolutely blown away by the level of talent – here’s just 6 companies we love in The Irish Made Awards. Missed your fave? Let us know in the comments.
Food & Drink
If there is anything that we can appreciate, it’s a fine piece of chocolate. Bean and Goose produces artisanal chocolate paired with the seasonal flavorings of Ireland. Every aspect of the business revolves around pulling inspiration from the world. Bean and Goose crafts their chocolate bars using single-source chocolate and natural ingredients like herbs, summer fruits, and edible flowers found right here in Ireland. The warm introductory video on Bean and Goose’s website gave us an intimate look into the sister-sister team’s chocolate making process that makes us want to become chocolatiers ourselves!
In a world where it seems as though the only things children are playing with are smart something-or-others, there is charming and honest quality about Ro Óg‘s wooden toys. These timber toys are handcrafted and designed to withstand the test of time. Ro Óg crafts rockers, balance boards, and balance bikes similar to the one pictured above. They are created with the aim to be “passed from generation to generation as treasured and loved family possessions”.
Edge Only designs jewellery for men and women in a bold and industrial style. Crafted out of gold and sterling silver, Edge Only’s pieces are sure to become the focal point of any outfit. Some of our favorite designs are the screw head earrings, spike necklace, and these rugged cufflinks. With uniquely modern pieces, Edge Only describes their jewelry as being for the “individuals and the black sheep”.
Straight from Co. Waterford, Wild Oats is committed to creating soaps, body and bath oils, bath milks that are “tender, natural and pure”. This means that their products are free of the nasty synthetics found in other soaps- woohoo! In addition, Wild Oats also has a line of products that is completely scent free, allergen free, and chemical free.
We’ve only chosen 6 companies we love In The Irish Made Awards, but we had to choose this company. The Kinsale Leather Company creates handmade leather bags that have all been designed right in Kinsale. Their products range from overnighters and totes to slouchy backpacks but we absolutely love their coin purses. They are bright and fun and although they may be oh so small, they pack a huge punch of color! Thinking you need a new bag? Pop down to their flagship store in Kinsale. Perhaps you can make a day of it by stopping for brunch in Cork!
Slated is a family owned and operated business catering to food-safe slate tableware and home decor. As a testament to the quality of Slated’s products, the company provides tableware to over 65 restaurants across Ireland. So if you’re looking for a way to add some anthropologie-esque interest to your home, we’re particularly obsessed with Slated’s copper leaf coasters, round placemats, and triangle beech board.
So there you have it 6 companies we love in The Irish Made Awards. While we only highlighted a handful of the nominees, the panel of judges combed through over 300 submissions to create the shortlist of nominees for the public vote. The nominees are broken down into nine categories: Food & Drink, Gift, Accessories, Fashion, Jewelry, Beauty, Textiles, Home, and Furniture, where submissions were judged based on their branding, design, place in the markets, and website among other criteria.
One winner will be announced for each category, and each winner will receive a feature in a special issue of Irish Country Magazine. And the overall winner will receive an advertising package from Irish Country magazine and mentorship prize from Guaranteed Irish.
You can vote one time, per category, per device over on irishcountrymagazine.com. Voting closes Sunday, August 6, 2017. Did we miss your fave? Let us know in the comments.