Modern Knitters: The New Names to Know

All set for the incoming COLD SNAP? …

Black pima cotton/royal alpaca mix polo-neck sweater, £155stg.

Come colder climes, this season we’ll be armed with Aran, fairisle and polo-neck sweaters. Two Irish knitwear labels are ticking both the style and the ethics boxes.

Camel baby alpaca sweater, £145stg.

Study34 is a cool new knitwear label with a simple, modern aesthetic, by Eleanor O’Neill. O’Neill designs luxurious, functional knitwear. “Sustainability is a fundamental part of my business, but it is always a work in progress,” she says. “Reading and researching advances in sustainability in the fashion industry is a big part of my work schedule. I approach sustainability in two ways; sourcing of yarns and fibres as well as investing in quality craftsmanship at manufacturing level.”

Winter-white Roshin lambswool sweater, €355.

Working with only British and Irish makers to produce their sweaters, Buffy and her father Columba Reid’s knitwear label & Daughter uses 100 per cent natural yarns and sources, where possible, from Irish mills like Donegal Yarns in Kilcar. Each & Daughter sweater is hand-linked and hand-finished – a way of making which relies on the human skill and expertise of each maker and a timeless tradition that the duo are keen to protect and promote.

Winter-white Murvagh wool jacket, €390.

“One of the factories we work with in Donegal is Bonner & Sons. My Dad worked with the founder and now I work with his son Eamonn,” says Buffy. “The most important thing for us is to make a product with purpose and longevity, working with the finest natural yarns and expert craftsmanship to create a ‘forever sweater’ that (with care), should only get better with each wear …” Available online and in Brown Thomas Dublin.

Ecru Bansha wool sweater, €297.

Aislinn Coffey

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