a lifestyle pop-up, a new sustainable fashion concept store, plus Irish-designed jewellery loved by the fashion set …
Main image: The Meaning Well at Conscious Atelier, Naas.
Founded by Rosie Connolly, Irish lifestyle brand 4th Arq, which specialises in great everyday staples, loungewear and work out gear, makes the kind of multi-faceted pieces that cater to busy, modern life. (The Phoenix half-zip lightweight fleece, pictured, €40, might just be the perfect companion for your next hike.) And, the brand is popping up at Arnotts this week – its first lifestyle concept store The Loft will be in situ from Thursday August 31 through to Sunday September 3. Customers will have the opportunity to experience 4th Arq in real life – expect plenty of popular pieces as well as new arrivals for autumn, too. www.4tharq.com.
Aoife Rooney of luxury brand AOIFE has fast become synonymous with conscious Irish fashion. As well as operating on a pre-order basis, reducing waste by producing only what is needed, AOIFE’s most recent collection is crafted from ‘luxestock’, that is, dead stock material from luxury fashion houses and mill deposits that was never used. It also champions local materials, too. The brand’s herringbone flecked Donegal tweed wrap coat, €795, is a wardrobe investment that will pay dividends for years to come. Going one step further, Rooney is launching Conscious Atelier, a new fashion destination in Naas that is a luxury sustainable boutique and working hub for sustainable designers. The roll-call of brands is impressive, too. From The Meaning Well, a London brand name-checked by British Vogue that is all about contemporary pieces made from reclaimed fabrics to shoe designer Simona Rusk and Irish favourites Jill and Gill. Conscious Atelier opens its doors on September 7 at Unit 11, Naas Town Centre, Dublin Road, W91DX99. www.aoifelifestyle.com.
We are already fans of Irish designer Sorcha O’Raghallaigh’s decadent micro-bags which are embellished with feathers and Swarovski crystals, however we weren’t so au fait with her jewellery until we discovered the designer’s zodiac pendants which are loved by the likes of Angela Scanlon and Laura Whitmore. Crafted in Italy, with a distinctive hand-drawn symbol on each necklace, the gold-plated pieces would look great in a stack of chains. These sell-out pieces have just restocked and are available on a pre-order basis this week until Friday September 1, small zodiac necklaces are priced at €75. www.sorchaoraghallaigh.com.