Ireland is renowned worldwide for its art, yet this extends to things other than literature and paintings; Irish design is booming, from clothing to accessories. Irish clothing and fashion is travelling far beyond our little island, to all corners of the world. These Irish designers are at the top of their game in their respective fields – below we may only offer you a taste of what the Irish fashion world has to offer, but hopefully this will entice you to branch out and try something new!
Brid Kivneen is an Irish designer of hand-painted silk scarves. True works of art, with many inspired by her location in the west of Ireland. Clients can request a design, and though Brid loves to work with silk, she also offers a less expensive option.
Available at kiveneendesigns.com
A range of jewellery often seen on top influencers and bloggers in Ireland, Chupi offers simple and beautiful pieces of jewellery available to purchase online. Every piece of jewellery from Chupi is designed, manufactured and produced in Ireland. Not only are their pieces stunning, but they’re also award-winning, as Chupi won Stellar Fashion Designer of the Year in 2014. Chupi pieces make great presents for birthdays, anniversaries or even for Mother’s Day (which is soon)!
Available at chupi.ie or at the Powerscourt Townhouse.
The Kinsale Leather Company
A new venture that was founded in 2014 by Dee Mandan. The Kinsale Leather company offers a range of bags to suit every taste.
Available at kinsaleleather.com and their shop in Market Square Kinsale. Further afield their bags are also stocked in Brown Thomas(Dublin) and Powerscourt Townhouse Centre
Based in Monaghan, in a very unusual place: a converted duck hatchery. Her current S/S 2017 clothing collection is modern and bright, with eye-catching prints. This corresponds to her own artwork which can be seen at her website, helensteele.com
Stockists of her clothing include Costume in Dublin, but her clothes can be found across the globe, from Italy to South Korea.
Marion Murphy Cooney
Previously a couture designer, Cooney decided to launched a ready-to-wear collection in 2013 called MMC. Following this, The Design Atelier in Nenagh was opened, which not only showcased her MMC collection and couture, but also provides space for other Irish designers to sell their products, including jewellery and accessories.
Available at marionmurphyconney.com but also on Facebook at ‘The Design Atelier’.
What piece on Irish fashion would be complete without a mention of Simone Rocha? As the daughter of acclaimed fashion designer John Rocha, Simone has not been overshadowed by her famous father. She made her first debut at London Fashion Week in 2010 and has not looked back since, with her work being showcased in Vogue US and Dazed and Confused.
Simone Rocha’s clothing to available to be viewed online at the website: simonerocha.com
You can buy her pieces which range from clothing to accessories and shoes from net-a-porter.com
Jill De Burca
She recently moved back to Dublin to launch her own collection in 2014, after having previously moved to Brighton. Her style is extremely wearable, as it has a sporty edge. De Burca’s last collection for A/W 2016 had an incredibly youthful aspect to it, with star embellishments as a theme throughout. The collection was not overly fitted, and retained her signature comfy/casual style.
Her work is available at the Powerscourt Town Centre but also at the So Collective in Kildare Village.