Garb – We Are Islanders

We Are Islanders’ poetic vision permeates their collections of artisanally produced yet boldly modern clothing. True to their pioneering spirit, a focus on eco-sustainability, heritage, and hand craft is at the core of the brand that was born out of establishment of sustainability fashion ventures, Re:dress and the Better Fashion Project. We spoke with Rosie O’Reilly, designer.

Garb: Bláithín Ennis

‘Walking by the Christmas windows of Brown Thomas on Grafton Street last December and spotting my couture neckpiece in the window was the ultimate surprise!’ Designer Bláithín Ennis talks to us.

GARB: Computer Says Yes – Love & Robots

A ‘mashup between design, fashion and tech’ Love & Robots is part of a new wave of international design businesses challenging traditional making & selling. Co-founder Emer O’Daly tells us more.

Garb: Witness The Fitness – Edel Traynor

Utilitarian crispness and undulating blocky shapes form the Edel Traynor collection for SS16. Edel, who cut her teeth at the Grafton Academy and assisting Danielle Romeril, has branched out to produce her own style of modern artful fashion.

Garb: Rory Parnell Mooney

“I think I basically design for myself, but the ‘me’ who had the balls to wear what I design!” Galway native Rory Parnell-Mooney.

Garb: Names Jewellery

Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey have been serving the good people of Dublin the coolest curation of Irish craft and design since 2008. Now, going back to their roots in jewellery design, they bring us Names a beautifully balanced collection of covetable yet affordable jewellery.

Garb: Emma Manley

Dublin-based fashion label Manley is known for its bright, confident and utterly practical collections which contain a striking level of skill and craftsmanship in every piece. Totally Dublin get the exclusive on SS16 from founder Emma Manley, straight off the back of showing with the ID2015 Unfold presentation at London Fashion Week.


Black Friday Irish Design Sale

Ten young Irish designers are teaming up to hold a Black Friday sale next Thursday November 26th – Saturday 28th November in the RSAI, Merrion Square.

Garb: It’s A Cinch – Úna Burke

“I work directly on the human form and on the mannequin, so that’s how the pieces evolve”. Designer Úna Burke’s inimitable artisanal work has steadily grown in popularity, her avant-garde style gaining fans in Rihanna, Lady Gaga and fashion icon Daphne Guinness. We caught up with Úna back in London after her Paris Fashion Week presentations.

Garb: Touchy Subject – Mairead Fox

Recent graduate of NCAD and Future Makers Award recipient Mairead Fox creates intricate and tactile textiles which go hand-in-hand with a measured approach to proportion and colour, further displaying the intrinsic nature of craft in fashion design born out of Ireland.

Hats off! Laura Kinsella Interview

‘With clothes you make it and send it into the shop and you kind of give it over at that point, whereas with what I do from start to finish it’s mine’. We talk millinery with Laura Kinsella.

Emma Sheridan: Drawing Inspiration

Beginning with one drawing every day, emerging fashion illustrator Emma Sheridan’s beguiling and free-spirited sketches are already packing a punch internationally, with features in Vogue Italia, L’Officiel and at Pitti Uomo in Florence.

Interview: Capulet and Montague – Lisa McCormack

Blocky, bold and sleek, Capulet and Montague’s artful jewellery has been gaining momentum since its inception in 2012 with recent accolades including the coveted Irish Fashion and Innovation Award for Jewellery Designer of the Year and the overall prize for Innovation. We met with Lisa McCormack, the Dublin-based designer and skilled craftsperson behind those attention-grabbing pieces.

Interview: Zoë Carol

With an upbringing split between Galway and Hong Kong, Zoë Carol marries cultural and geographical influences with her sophisticated eye for design, creating distinctive yet collected clothing for the woman who takes-no-prisoners.

Interview: Lorna Boyle

Future Makers award-winner and recent graduate of NCAD and Goldsmiths University, Dubliner Lorna Boyle flips the traditions of jewellery construction with her inventive and eye-catching designs.


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