All set for the incoming COLD SNAP? …
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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