If you’re considering buying some new pieces, then try buying Irish, says style editor AISLINN COFFEY …
This season, why not choose an independent fashion label. Better yet, choose an Irish one. There are so many wonderful Irish fashion brands to discover – and support – right now.
Main image: Personal stylist Jess Colivet models a dress from the Season 9 collection by Aoife McNamara.
Designed by Maeve Barry, Eve Ray is a contemporary jewellery brand that’s got a fascination with colour. The label’s collections, which experiment with resin and clay, are inspired by surrealist artist Joan Miró’s painting The Garden 1925. Prices start from €25, get it at www.blondethestore.com.
LINEN SHIRT COMPANY
Anneliese Duffy, who cut her teeth alongside John Galliano’s pattern-cutter Bill Gaytten, is a third generation designer at the helm of Linen Shirt Company, an Irish fashion brand that merges style and sustainable methods. This season look out for the label’s Jess shirt, a crossover white linen shirt with an exquisite tie belt. Get it at Curated by Design Centre at Kildare Village. Roxanne shirt in lapis blue, €229; www.linenshirtcompany.ie.
Designed and produced sustainably predominantly in Ireland, Faye Anna Rochford is the creative behind fashion label FéRí. Rochford creates beautiful, form-fitting print dresses and more. Sustainability is sewn into the roots of everything at FéRí; each piece is designed in Rochfords Wexford studio, including all of her original hand-painted prints. Think retro florals and plaids in silk, organic cotton, vintage textiles and Irish linen. Make a conscious choice and invest in one … www.feri.ie
The entire ethos behind Niamh O’Neill’s brand is that it is for women who love good quality fabrics and flattering shapes. Each design has a ladylike aesthetic but is also subtly fashion-forward. Having worked with industry-leaders like Diane Von Furstenberg, John Galliano and Martin Grant, O’Neill does an internationally-worthy job from her Irish studio. “Our collections don’t belong to a particular season. They are trans-seasonal pieces which should be worn any season, every year,” says O’Neill. www.niamhoneill.com
NICKI HOYNE COLLECTION
Winner of Best New Brand at the Drapers Footwear Awards 2023, Nicki Hoyne’s collection of mischievous accessories is sure to put a spring in your step. This season, the designer’s collection of handbags and shoes focuses on power players – that is, those pieces you wear that instantly make you feel your best self. Think: leopard prints and fuchsia pink colours, mock croc accents and plenty of glitter. www.nickihoyne.com.
Made from merino wool that is biodegradable, and also super soft, a piece by Hope Macaulay is less a knit, more of a show piece, so stand-out are the Northern Ireland designer’s chunky knit cardigans, handbags and, more recently, bralettes. Gigi and Bella Hadid are fans, too. Add one of these multi-coloured, one-of-a-kind knits to your wardrobe for some big spring energy. www.hopemacaulay.com.
Founder of Om Diva Ruth Ní Loinsigh has curated a treasure trove of unique fashion pieces at this Drury Street store. Expect colourful, fun Irish designs, well-priced fun accessories and special one-off vintage pieces. www.omdiva.com.
STABLE OF IRELAND
Sonia Reynolds and Francie Duff of Stable of Ireland are always head of the curve. The duo collaborates with fashion designer Peter O’Brien on the perfect tweed coat, which is constantly selling out. Additionally, the store is a go-to for cashmere and wool accessories, Aran jumpers and Mackintosh coats making Stable of Ireland the perfect option for classic designs for men and women made in Ireland. www.stableofireland.com.
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.
THE TWEED PROJECT
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, one of the brand’s finest to date. Check the brand’s site for excellent knits in their purest form, where “fabric, time and craft take priority over trends and fast consumer culture”. www.thetweedproject.com
Dublin-based designer Lia Cowan uses her Irish and Jewish heritage to create dresses fit for a modern day fairytale. Cowan’s background in sculpture informs these bold silhouettes, created by swathes of tulle, applique and hand-embroidery. Her pieces have been worn by Nicola Coughlan, Angela Scanlon and Charlene McKenna. www.liacowan.com.
KINDRED OF IRELAND
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 knows a good dress. Her most recent hits include go-anywhere dresses in bright, bold colours, fresh floral prints and pretty lace detailing. For stockists see www.feeg.ie.
AOIFE MC NAMARA
From Adare to New York, Aoife McNamara’s designs are best described as bubblegum pop meets Irish heritage. Her new collection Season 9 celebrates daisies, nods to Victoriana and features the Ivory Dream Dress, €475, a puff-sleeved midi fashioned from recycled satin. www.aoifemcnamara.com.
MY NAME IS TED
This heritage Irish brand makes luxury leather goods that nod to our present and past, weaving a familial passion for design into every part of its ethos. Made using the finest Italian leather, the brand works with responsible tanneries and also strives for circularity in its design process. A go-to for well made cross-body bags and totes. www.mynameisted.ie.
Counting Irish fashion emporiums such as Havana, Donnybrook and Kalu, Naas as stockists, Donegal label The Landskein has gone from strength to strength since its launch. For founder Anna Guerin it’s about the legacy of Irish heritage textiles above all else – Guerin works with fifth generation weavers in Co Donegal, with many of The Landskein’s yarns spun locally in Kilcar. Coats such as the Agel, a double-breasted coat in jet black herringbone tweed are future heirlooms.