Environments / Living / Homewares / Trend Forecast spring summer 2016
October 2014






                             SPRING SUMMER 2016.


Date:                   Thursday 27th November 2014         

Registration:       9.45 – 10.00

Presentation:     10.00 – 12.30

Venue:                Arthur Ryan Retail Centre,

         Dublin Institute of Technology,

         Aungier Street, Dublin 2.


Enterprise Ireland, The Arthur Ryan Retail Centre and Dublin Institute of Technology are pleased to advise you that the a new trend forecast presentation  covering the areas of Environments/Living/Homewares for Spring Summer 2016 is being held on Thursday 27th November, will be presented by Janet Holbrook, representing Peclers Paris and Holbrook Studio London, to include the following:


SPRING SUMMER 2016: This directional presentation will look at four new inspiring lifestyles and inspirational ways to renew and create on-trend products.



Alongside the big picture of the living trends, the presentation will also look more closely at the general colour moods for the season, together with the key finishes and surface treatments.


The presentation will cover all the areas put into a Lifestyle context with a special emphasis on colour and print direction, finishes and key products.


The Workshop participation fee will be €200.00 (VAT exempt) per group, with a maximum of 6 participating delegates per group.


Registration details to followshortly.  


Look forward to seeing you on 27th November 2014 in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.


Kind regards,


Lorraine Egan

Arthur Ryan Retail Centre,

DIT - Aungier Street, Dublin 2


Contact details:  Kate English


Twitter for Business Workshop with TweetingGoddess Samantha Kelly
January 2015

Due to huge demand another Twitter for Business workshop with TweetingGoddess Samantha Kelly takes place at the Arthur Ryan Retail Centre room 2-075 on Tuesday 13th January 2015. Participants from SMEs around the country will travel to DIT Aungier street to benefit from Samantha's vast expertise with this phenomenal social media marketing tool. For more detail and book your course place visit:http://arrc.ie/arrc/services/pragmaticretailprogrammes/ or go directli

Here is the link to book

Build and Manage your own website using Wordpress! with Carol Faughnan
October 2014




Tweet your way to Success- DIT Dublin with Samantha Kelly
November 2014

When: Wednesday, 05 November 2014 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST)

Objective: To provide you with the knowledge and tools to be able to use Twitter effectivelly as a marketing tool for your business.

Learn from the Tweeting Goddess herself!

  • Create the perfect Twitter bio
  • Benefits of Twitter for Business
  • Twitter tips and tricks
  • Twitter ettiquette
  • Twitter lingo
  • Twitter tools
  • Create a marketing strategy for your business.

This is a fun interactive course. Lunch is included in the price. There are computers provided you just need to bring yourself!  It is recommended that you sign up to Twitter before the workshop. We can create your bio etc when you are here.


DIT fashion buying students travel to Heriot-Watt University's School of Textiles and Design in Scotland
March 2013

DIT fashion buying postgraduate students travel to Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design in Galashiels, Scotland to partake on an intensive materials and fabrics programme. The itinerary included garment assembly demonstrations and sewing workshops along with field trips to various textile mills across the Scottish borders to include Barrie Knitwear, recently acquired by French fashion house, Chanel.

The Vodafone DIT Fashion Show takes Vicar Street by storm
March 2013

The Vodafone DIT Fashion Show once again takes Vicar Street, Dublin by storm. The extravaganza has been running for 10 years and never fails to disappoint. This year’s theme was House of Chaos: A Twisted Tale. The show is entirely run by DIT students and is supported by many Irish fashion gurus including Irish Independent and Weekend Magazine Fashion Editor, Bairbre Power; television presenter, Brendan Courtney; fashion blogger, Darren Kennedy, and fashion stylist, Maria Fusco.

Congratulations to our 2012 fashion buying graduates
February 2013

Congratulations to our fashion buying & management postgraduate students who recently graduated at a beautiful ceremony in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. We wish each of them success in their future fashion buying careers, both here in Ireland and further afield.

Sixth cohort of fashion buying & management students welcomed
January 2013

DIT School of Retail and Services Management welcome our sixth cohort of fashion buying and management postgraduate group. From its inception in 2008, this course has developed to become a highly recognised and revered qualification for those seeking access into the fashion buying industry.

DIT fashion buying group head to Paris for Premiere Vision
February 2013

DIT fashion buying group travelled to Paris for a busy field trip to include a trend-forecasting project at Premiere Vision, and an excellent workshop on luxury branding delivered by Dr Delphine Dion at IAE de Paris, the Sorbonne University’s Graduate Business School. This was followed by a necessary excursion through the stunning shopping districts of Paris to explore the exquisite Parisian store and retailing environments.

Launch of Arthur Ryan Retail Centre
September 2012

Launch of the ‘Arthur Ryan Retail Centre’ recognises the contribution of Penneys/Primark founder to retail innovation. The new centre for Retail Excellence is established in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), with funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation. The Garfield Weston Foundation was established by the Weston family, whose business interests include a majority stake in Associated British Foods, which in turn is home to the international retailer Primark, trading as Penneys in Ireland.

Boost Your Income - Retail for Fitness Professionals
July 2014

Boost Your Income

When: Wednesday, 3 September 2014 from 10:00 to 14:00


Arthur Ryan Retail Centre 
Aungier Street
Dublin, Dublin 2

boost-your-income-logoBoost Your Income - Retail for Fitness Professionals

This half day workshop covers the essential elements of effective retailing including stock control, merchandising, service management, the sales process and the impact of social media. During this session we will also have an opportunity to look at some retail ideas and options for fitness professionals and explore the pros and cons of each.

Who should attend? 

This course is ideal for any fitness professional who wants to either improve their client's secondary spend or for those who would like to introduce a retailing aspect to their business. 

 Prior Learning

There are no entry pre-requisites for this course and you do not need any business knowledge to participate. Course content is designed with beginners in mind. Advance booking is required to secure your place. If you require any reasonable accommodation for access or learning or wish to pay by alternative methods please contact our office at 01 9022298


Summer schedule of pragmatic retail workshops at ARRC
May 2014

A schedule of short one day practical workshops for SME's is now available on the ARRC website. Programmes for summer include 'SEO for Beginners', 'Blogging for Business' and 'Digital Storytelling for SEO Success'. These programmes are particularly suitable for SME's, business managers and entrepreneurs looking to use digital technologies successfully for their business. For further information visit our 2014 online summer schedule of workshops or contact Barbara Mohan at barbara.mohan@dit.ie

ARRC takes a presentation stand at the IrishBizParty Inspire Conference
April 2014

The Arthur Ryan Retail Centre is delighted to support the innovative IrishBizParty Inspire Conference at the Green Isle Conference & Leisure Hotel at Newlands Cross, Dublin on 30 April 2014. The aim of the conference is to bring all interested SMEs and start ups under the one roof to assist one another, share ideas and make new connections. The concept is the inspiration of Samantha Kelly (aka Tweeting Goddess). Through her #IrishBizParty hashtag she has successfully connected hundreds of Irish SMEs on Twitter. This conference gives these online business acquaintances an opportunity to network and showcase their innovative businesses and services in person. To find out more about this event visit: www.bizpartyinspires.com or read about it on Independent.ie  

Samantha Kelly runs a regular 'Twitter for Business' retail workshop at the Arthur Ryan Retail Centre. For details of her next workshop visit our Pragmatic Retailing Programmes webpage.

Dr Dee Duffy of ARRC centre presents research at American Marketing Association Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida
February 2014

Dr Dee Duffy of the Arthur Ryan Retail Centre is invited to present her research at the American Marketing Association Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida. The paper, 'Exploring Customer Contexts: How a communitarian business model enables meaningful customer relationships' proposes corporate brands (in particular fashion brands) incorporate a social purpose into their business practices and ethos in order to create meaningful communities for young consumers.

Fashion Buying study trip to Neoma Business School in Paris
February 2014

Our new cohort of fashion buying students kickstart their one year intensive postgraduate studies programme with a trip to Paris in February. Along with a visit to the world renowned fabric show, Premiere Vision, students also attend a half day workshop at the NEOMA Business School in Paris to learn more about luxury branding in emerging markets. The group are hosted by Nacima Ourahmoune, Associate Professor in Branding and Consumer Research at NEOMA.

Womenswear Trend Forecast S/S 2015 Event with the Arthur Ryaan Retail Centre, Enterprise Ireland and the DIT
February 2014

DIT and the Arthur Ryan Retail Centre together with Enterprise Ireland host the Womenswear Trend Forecast Event for Spring/Summer 2015 at DIT's Aungier Street campus on Thursday 6th February 2014. The event is presented by Janet Holbrook, representing Peclers Paris and Holbrook Studio London. The next event is scheduled for Thursday 4th September 2014.To find out more about these shows or to register your interest in upcoming trend forecast events at the ARRC centre, contact Lorraine Egan at lorraine.egan@dit.ie or Barbara Mohan at barbara.mohan@dit.ie.

Twitter for Business Workshop with TweetingGoddess Samantha Kelly
January 2014

The second Twitter for Business workshop with TweetingGoddess Samantha Kelly takes place at the Arthur Ryan Retail Centre on Wednesday 9 April 2014. Participants from SMEs around the country will travel to DIT Aungier street to benefit from Samantha's vast expertise with this phenomenal social media marketing tool. For more detail and book your course place visit:http://arrc.ie/arrc/services/pragmaticretailprogrammes/

Visual Merchandising at The Arthur Ryan Retail Centre Workshop
October 2013

DIT second year students of Visual Merchandising & Display took over the ARRC Workshop this week to dress the display units and mannequins with this seasons accessory trends. High street retailer Penneys provided the students with their current accessories range and set the students to task with showcasing their product. Click here for visuals of their work.

Fashion Buying Alumni Stories
October 2013

Jen O’Dwyer, Buying Assistant and Founder of J.O.D Clothing talks with DIT Fashion Buying & Management Programme Director Dr Dee Duffy about her own experience on our postgraduate diploma course. Jen explains how the fashion business knowledge she learnt at DIT has helped her both in her own entrepreneurial endeavour with J.O.D Clothing, and in her buying role at Arnotts Department Store in Dublin. For full story visit our DIT Fashion Buying & Management website.

Upcoming Fashion Retail Seminars at the Arthur Ryan Retail Centre
September 2013

Upcoming Fashion Retail Seminars at the Arthur Ryan Retail Centre to include:

Tuesday 8th October: "Balancing Act" The Art and Science of Retail Management with Patti Schnably Shields. Patti is an experienced and seasoned retail Executive (20+years) with a track record of driving strong business results and profitability. She loves empowering opportunities and creative energy. Patti worked for top tier major brands/chains in value to luxury sectors including St John, Macy's, Gap, Old Navy, Trina Turk and Victoria’s Secret. 

Tuesday 12th November: "One Hundred Years of Fashion Design 1900-2000.  Key designers of the Twentieth Century" with Sara Donaldson. Sara is a lecturer in history of fashion and history of art and design and Griffith College Dublin.

If you would like to attend either of these events, please contact Barbara Mohan for further details: barbara.mohan@dit.ie

Fashion E-tailing seminar with Taryn Casey
September 2013

Fashion E-tailing seminars with Taryn Casey at DIT's School of Retail & Services Management. Taryn runs her own digital marketing consultancy, taryncasey.com. Along with her work on brands with global giants such as The Coca-Cola Company, Nokia and Diageo, Taryn has mentored and coached start-ups and SMEs in Ireland and the UK. Since developing, running and then successfully selling on her own e-commerce web business in 2006, she now works on both client and agency side helping clients to understand and then harness the power of consumer engagement online. Subject areas covered over the two days will include: 5 key themes for successful fashion etailing, case studies, E-commerce best practice, user experience, and maximising conversion rates.

These seminars will take place over two dates: Part I runs on Tuesday 17th September, and part II on Tuesday 1st October. If you would like further information about this event please contact Barbara Mohan at: barbara.mohan@dit.ie

Sonya Lennon discusses her new technology start-up company Frockadvisor with DIT fashion buying students
September 2013

Designer, Broadcaster, Stylist and Tech Start Up Co-Founder, Sonya Lennon discusses her new technology start-up company 'Frockadvisor' with DIT fashion buying students this month at the Arthur Ryan Retail Centre, DIT Aungier Street. Sonya has 25 yrs experience in the fashion industry. The founding of Dress for Success Dublin led to Sonya receiving the Arthur Guinness Fund Award 2012. Sonya is now co-founder of a technology start-up company with her collaborator and business partner Brendan Courtney. 'Frockadvisor' is a social discovery platform with ecommerce functionality for fashion retail. 'Frockadvisor' is currently in development through launchpad NDRC. She will discuss the development process of this recent venture and how it will operate.

If you would like to attend this event on Tuesday 24th September, please contact Barbara Mohan for further detail: barbara.mohan@dit.ie

National Tailoring Academy established with support from Arthur Ryan Retail Centre at DIT and Louis Copeland & Sons
June 2013

Ireland’s first-ever National Tailoring Academy, which is being established with the support of Louis Copeland & Sons and the Arthur Ryan Retail Centre, is to open its doors in the country’s capital in August. A centre of excellence in tailoring skills, education and best practice, the National Tailoring Academy will offer a varied programme of workshops and postgraduate diploma courses in bespoke fashion tailoring. Taught by international Master Tailors and industry professionals, the prestigious one year Continuous Professional Development (C.P.D.) Diploma in Fashion Tailoring starts in September. The country’s Dublin Institute of Technology (D.I.T) is the awarding body for the full-time diploma course, which includes a study visit to tailoring facilities in Europe.
Further information about the National Tailoring Academy can be found at www.nationaltailoringacademy.ie or by e-mailing info@nationaltailoringacademy.ie.

Dr Edmund O?Callaghan, Head of Department of Retail Management Studies has paper shortlisted for publication
May 2013

Congratulations to Dr Edmund O’Callaghan whose paper entitled “Internal Brand Commitment, a multi-dimensional construct? Case Study Evidence within a Collaborative Independent Retail Network Context” has been shortlisted for best paper at the 17th International Conference on Research in the Distributive Trades of the European Association of Education and Research in Commercial Distribution (EAERCD). Dr O’Callaghan’s paper will be published in the forthcoming issue of the International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research.