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A Wicklow couple whose wish for unique wedding stationery made them realise that that their working relationship was also a match made in heaven, will showcase their products at this year’s National Crafts and Design Fair.

Record-breaking crowds of over 40,000 are expected to generate more than €1m per day in sales at the biggest-ever five-day event in the RDS from November 30 to December 4.

Jando Designs was started by Julie and Owen McLoughlin four years ago when they were planning their wedding in New York and wanted their guests to feel special.

We couldn’t find anything that suited and our guests were coming a long way just for us to spend a week with some guests they had never before met,” said Julie

So we made a hardback book for each of them containing our love story and a funny bio and picture of each guest and it worked brilliantly.

We discovered how well we really worked together, never mind getting married.”

After a whirlwind 18 months, Eoin, who hails from Baltinglass, has taken the decision to leave his job in finance in the New Year and concentrate full-time on Jando Designs.

Ireland’s top craftspeople and designers from fashion to jewellery and beyond will be exhibiting their cutting-edge hand-made wares alongside the more traditional fare.

“This annual fair is vital to the industry as a whole and it is estimated that it generates enough business to keep most of the exhibitors busy for at least four months of the year,” said organiser Patrick O’Sullivan..

“We’re also very proud of the fact that the Fair has grown and has added annually to the local economy, with footfall consistently growing by 10% per annum over the past five years.”

There will also be a Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium which will feature over 120 artisan food producers, taste-tempting visitors with the best of the season’s fare.

In addition, there will be 10% off everything at the Fair on the opening day, Wednesday, November 30.

The National Crafts and Design Fair 2016 takes place at the RDS Main Hall from Nov 30 – Dec 4 from 10am each day. Full details and booking can be found at www.nationalcraftsfair.ie

 

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