Ripping Yarns: Paula Marron

SS18 is all about a new spin on age-old crafts. We celebrate the perfectionism and perseverance of LOCAL DESIGNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS who are WEAVING A SPELL. First up, meet PAULA MARRON

Paula Marron photographed by Kyle Tunney at Haddington House; www.haddingtonhouse.ie

With her label Castanea, Marron has given luxurious cashmere separates a thoroughly modern makeover.

HER BACKGROUND: After studying fashion at NCAD I interned at Ralph Lauren in London. When I came home I worked with the designer Rachel Mackay, who has since passed away, and then at Sphere One with Lucy Downes, where I stayed for ten years.

THE APPEAL OF CASHMERE: I’m very tactile and love working with my hands. Most of my degree collection was knitted, some by hand but mostly by machine. Cashmere is so soft and luxurious; it’s the Rolls Royce of yarn.

HER OWN STYLE: I like simple shapes so I try to adapt that into my clothing. During the week I’ll pair a Castanea cashmere sweater with jeans and trainers. I’ve also done cashmere joggers this season, so I’ll wear those with a plain white tee. In the future, I plan on working with blends: cashmere mixed with either silk or wool.

SS18 INSPIRATION: A photograph of a woman and her son in traditional African dress inspired me. I’m interested in movement and how light hits the fabric. The artist Carin Gerard paints huge flowers with lots of linear detailing, which led me to use ribbing.

www.castanea.ie; Instagram @castanea_official

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