No matter how hard we try to be sustainable and considerate, when shopping online it is still tempting to buy a whole bunch of stuff we don’t really need. Buying in a better more informed way is where it is at now. If you are looking for something special, why not consider making a charitable purchase from one of these three Irish designers …
Photograph by Philip White
This month, in recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, The Garden’s Mark Grehan is launching a limited-edition tote bag in collaboration with Irish embroidery artist, Domino Whisker. In April 2021, Domino lost her father, artist Charlie Whisker, to Alzheimer’s. Having spoken openly about her experience through social media and TV, Domino’s aim is to spread awareness and encourage conversation around the disease. To mark the launch, Irish photographer Philip White has created a series of images of Dublin (which will be displayed in-store at The Garden from September 9) documenting how lockdown has led to the rewilding of our towns and cities.
The ‘A Break in the Path’ tote bag features an embroidered flower, breaking through the ground, symbolising the daily struggle faced by Alzheimer’s sufferers, and the brief moments of respite they can experience. The embroidery is based on the hardy but ethereal bog cotton gathered by Mark in his native Connemara, hand-embroidered by Domino and reproduced on a limited run of 250 totes and art directed Ciana March. The 100% organic cotton tote bags are on sale throughout the month of September, with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, a national non-profit organisation that advocates for, empowers and champions the rights of people living with dementia and their communities to quality support and services; €20 each at www.thegarden.ie.
Launching in October, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Louise Stokes, designer and owner of Loulerie jewellery store has created the 9ct gold Interlinking Journey necklace. 100% of profits generated from each sale of the necklace will be donated to Look Good Feel Better, the Irish charity dedicated to improving the confidence and wellbeing of women undergoing treatment for cancer through free skincare and make-up masterclasses along with online support. “The interlinking circles are inspired by the LGFB symbol, but also because the circle can represent many things. It is a timeless symbol and we like to think the first circle symbolises a person, and the other circle is the journey they have been on, or are going through. These circles are interlinked and cannot be separated,” Louise told us. Interlinking Journey necklace, €79 at Loulerie, 14b Chatham Street and online at www.loulerie.com.
Inspired by The Queen’s Gambit, the Netflix hit series based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 book of the same name, Tidings designer Niamh Gillispie has designed a limited edition, mood-lifting print silk scarf in a mix of contemporary graphic yellows and handprinted checks, to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. A Host Of Golden Daffodils scarf, (20% of all sales will go directly to the Irish Cancer Society), €110, at www.tidings.ie.
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