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Your Dream Design Business: Getting Retail Ready

  • The Butcher's Building 108 North Street Belfast United Kingdom (map)

Have you got an idea for a new or small fashion, jewellery, homeware or product design business whose products you would like to sell through retail outlets?

Join us for this clinic, with Patricia McGinnis from Maven and Emma Jackson from Hunter Paper Co., that aims to help you get your product ready for a retail environment. The clinic will begin to cover topics including:

- How to present your products and yourself
- How to get a foot in the door with retailers
- How to go about building successful relationships with retailers
- Pricing your work

There will then be the opportunity for Q&A with the panel and short one-on-one sessions with Patricia and Emma who will review your product and give you some guidance on how to successfully get your product ready for retail.

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Patricia co-owns Maven, just off Belfast’s Lisburn Road, along with her sister Catherine. 

After graduation, Patricia spent 10 years in London working in event management.  A role as tour manager for a record company specialising in jazz and world music enabled her to work with many Scandinavian musicians and so a great love of all things Nordic began.  Patricia returned home to work in the family building company where she gained a sound knowledge of the technical aspects of the building industry. 

This winding path led to the eventual creation of Maven, a shop which offers something truly different to the Northern Irish marketplace.  It was the first shop to introduce many international brands such as Hay, Menu, Muuto, Gubi and Ferm Living to Northern Ireland.  Maven also takes pride in stocking the very best of Irish talent as well, including makers such as Kathryn Davey, Derek Wilson Ceramics, Mourne Textiles and Helen Faulkner Ceramics.

Now open almost 6 years, the shop has regularly been featured in publications such as Monocle magazine, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, Cara magazine and was recently voted Independent Retailer of the Year 2019 at the Image Interiors and Living Design Awards in Dublin.



Hunter Paper Co. is a stationery brand based in Belfast. Combining playful modern design and illustration with the beautiful tactility of traditional letterpress printing, designer and printer Emma Johnston produces a range of greetings cards and stationery in-house.

Hunter Paper Co. started just a few years ago in 2014. Fresh out of uni, Emma’s side project quickly grew to stock shops around the UK, Europe and America, including Selfridges and Oliver Bonas, and in 2017 it was awarded a Paper Award for Engaging Print at Top Drawer London.

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