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Earlier this year, we invited Irish start-ups and entrepreneurs to pitch for a chance to secure placement in the 2022 Arnotts Christmas Market with the ultimate Pitch’22 winner also securing a €10,000 business development fund. After receiving hundreds of applications from budding entrepreneurs from all over the country and inviting a shortlist of contestants to pitch their brand live in Arnotts, we announced our 5 finalists - brushdoc, FARO, Don’t Kill My Vibe, Fiadh & Finn and Mervue Organic.

We are delighted to now welcome our finalists in-store and online. Discover their unique and innovative products in the Arnotts Christmas Market 2022 edit and stay tuned as we announce which one of our five finalists will become the ultimate Pitch ’22 winner in January 2023.


brushdoc

brushdoc™ is a revolutionary tool that cleans makeup brushes and sponges in seconds, thanks to its advanced rotating technology that allows the user to achieve a deep clean with minimal effort. The product itself is compact, USB-powered and easily transportable, so makeup brushes can be washed in any location – there is no longer a need to spend hours at a sink. Behind the brand is Dublin-based husband and wife duo Gary and Ciara Malone. Ciara is a makeup artist by trade, having spent years working with individual clients at makeup counters including Brown Thomas; she saw the need for a self-cleaning brush tool that is both efficient and thorough. Gary brings an accountancy background meaning the two create the perfect blend of both business and expertise.

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Don't Kill My Vibe

Don’t Kill My Vibe is a jewellery brand founded in 2016 by two full-time fashion designers, Niamh Mooney and Ciara Stewart. The brand’s mission is to empower people to embrace their inner confidence while being true to themselves. All pieces are consciously designed in Dublin; each piece is made from recycled brass base and fully plated with 14ct gold or sterling silver finish. Their collection showcases both statement and staple pieces that can be dressed up or down and worn with every-day looks.

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FARO

FARO co-founder Mairead Ronan’s background in media, as a former Today FM lunchtime host and presenter of Ireland’s Fittest Family, first gave her the inspiration for setting up a business. While fixing her hair on set, she noticed a gap in the market for a hairbrush that could deliver a professional looking blow-dry in a limited amount of time. Together with business partner Debbie Lawless they designed and developed FARO’s range of brushes to be lightweight, easy-to-use, smoothing, snag-free and suitable for all kinds of blow-dries. Since then, FARO has developed a multi-award-winning range of haircare products. Their ceramic brushes heat up quickly and evenly and, with extra bristles, speed up hair drying and help to avoid hair damage by shortening the amount of time hair is exposed to heat. FARO’s involvement in Pitch’22 marks a return to Arnotts for Mairead, as she worked in different roles in the department store from aged 16 for six years.

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Fiadh & Finn

Fiadh & Finn is the brainchild of Tanya Ryan, an Irish watercolour artist, illustrator and mother to two little girls - the inspiration behind Fiadh Rabbit and Finn Rabbit - living in the beautiful countryside of County Kildare. Inspired by her children with their sense of wonder, and a nostalgia for her own childhood, Tanya set up the business to make personalised framed gifts that are uniquely Irish. She has drawn on her design background to create a collection of original illustrations in traditional watercolours, depicting Irish animals, birds and plants that surround her in the countryside. These framed art gifts are intended to be treasured keepsakes that reflect an innocence and joy in childhood and sibling bonds.

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Mervue Organic

Mervue Organic was born out of a desire to create a certified organic skin and body care range of the highest quality and efficacy, and is committed to certified organic and natural skincare.  Launched in February 2020, every aspect of the development of the brand, has taken place in its Cosmos approved facility in Mervue, County Galway. Each of its skincare products contains plant botanicals and superfruit extracts, which are grown, harvested and processed organically, sustainably and ethically. Its products carry the COSMOS Organic and Leaping Bunny Certifications and the Vegan Trademark. The Mervue Organic product range includes skincare, body care and home fragrance products. The skincare range includes cream cleansers, super fruit moisturiser and hydrating floral mist. They also offer plant-based vegan-certified candles and diffusers.

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