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The Irish Brands and Designers to Support Now


Native brands and Irish designers are supporting jobs – and creating beautiful clothes. They deserve our support. Buy something Irish, says AISLINN COFFEY …

At a challenging time for our local fashion industry, we are really engaging with Irish brands who prioritise craftsmanship and quality. Ireland has no end of established independent and emerging fashion labels that need support. It’s a tough time for retail right now but there is a gap in the market (and in our wardrobes) for modern, design-led Irish brands that offer well-priced products, with a focus on sustainability. The Tweed Project, for instance, has created a sustainable capsule collection called Land Lovers. Our pick? A Jacobean-inspired handmade black wool dress. All fabric has been sourced from Magee’s Donegal mill’s “deadstock”. Visit www.thetweedproject.com. Natalie B Coleman is working on two collections launching later this autumn: one a collection of whimsical, embroidered dresses in sumptuous colourways, the other an everyday collection of organic sweatshirts and hoodies emblazoned with Coleman’s signature prints. See www.nataliebcoleman.com. Designer Katie Ann McGuigan’s graphic sweatpants and tops are modern and glamorous. The designer dyes fabrics in-house to achieve runway-inspired palettes. Find them at www.katieannmcguigan.com. Galway-based mother-and-daughter duo Orla Moore and Leah Tiernan’s luxe, understated Leyo yogawear is a good example of a design-focused approach to contemporary gymwear. Visit www.leyoyoga.com. Designer Bébhínn McGrath’s colourful knits (www.bebhinn.ie) launch at the end of this month. Her chunky merino wool long cardigans are must-haves and can be worn as coats.

Irish label Native Denims uses classic construction methods (jeans are made on vintage machines) and premium selvedge, all its fabrics are sourced from sustainable mills. Native offers online and by-appointment service and tailors to your specific measurements. From €250; www.nativedenims.com.

Erin McClure (designer), Harrison Gardner (sustainable builder) and their daughter Inari, born in lockdown, inspired Galway-based The Tweed Project to create the Land Lovers collection. www.thetweedproject.com

Kindred of Ireland was created by Amy Anderson to breathe new life into Irish linen, and inspired by old traditions and techniques that come alive in classic, understated designs. Each piece is created as an heirloom and to have a place in your everyday wardrobe. www.kindredofireland.com

Fee G’s creative director Fiona Heaney has launched a strong AW20 collection. “The design team were inspired by autumn’s rich colours and textures”. For stockists, www.feeg.ie.

From soft sweater dresses to cosy cashmere crew-necks, there are plenty of fashion-forward ways to stay warm while #WFH, thanks to Lucy Nagle knits; www.lucynagle.com.

Main featured image: Mulberry cashmere cardigan,€1,450; www.laineykeogh.com. Mocha leather box-pleat midi skirt, €279, at Marks & Spencer. Brown leather boots, Hermès. Silver hoop earrings,€119, Thomas Sabo at Arnotts. 


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