Read up on the best of what’s happening with homegrown brands this month …
Begley & Bowie
Kenmare’s Begley & Bowie, the brand loved by the likes of Angela Scanlon and Amy Huberman, has dropped a colourful range of sweatshirts, T-shirts and hoodies in time for summer. (We particularly love the Happiness printed jumper, pictured up top.) In addition to smile-inducing slogans, the brand has sustainability kudos: designer Doireann Healy uses 85 percent organic cotton and 15 percent polyester made from recycled plastic in her collections. Prices start from €40. www.begleyandbowie.bigcartel.com.
Celebrating three years in business this month is Limerick designer Aoife McNamara. To mark the occasion, the designer has launched a limited collection of 100 per cent linen pieces, pictured above. What’s more, to kick off the festivities the designer is offering 20 per cent off pieces at the brand’s flagship in Adare, for this weekend only. www.aoifemcnamara.com.
Lovers of colour should peruse Melissa Curry’s OhLaLa collection, a range created to mark Pride 2022 that enjoys rainbow shades blended with Curry’s signature acrylic shapes. See the collection at Melissacurry.com.
Also launching this week is the new collaboration between fellow Irish designers Julie Peelo of handbag label Peelo and Faye Anna Rochford of Wexford fashion label FéRí. The capsule of playful and patterned handbags is earth-friendly, too; made using leftover organic cotton from FéRí’s previous collections and dead-stock leather from previous Peelo ranges. Keep an eye on the FéRí Instagram for more info on the collaboration, which drops tomorrow.
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