It’s probably about time that I hold my hand up and admit that my interest in fashion, particularly within an Irish context, is almost all-consuming. However, this has not yet rubbed off on family and friends.
Yesterday, I asked my sister who her favourite Irish fashion designer was. Her reply? ‘That John fella with the long hair.’
She then proceeded to ask me what the ‘Doppler Effect’ is…
I guess all is fair in physics and fashion.
When I showed Natasha (the aforementioned scientist sibling) the debut collection from ‘We Are Islanders‘ she was more than a tad impressed. Seeing as it takes quite a lot to exceed her expectations, I thought I’d show it to you too.
We Are Islanders is the ethical Irish fashion label founded by Rosie O’Reilly, Kate Nolan and Deirdre Hynds. As a brand, the trio seek to challenge the concept of heritage; merging the old and the new while fusing art and fashion.
Entitled ‘Tidal’, their debut collection is composed of materials such as beetle finished Wexford linen, Tipperary wool, bamboo silk and salmon leather skin.
The texture and aesthetic of the salmon skin is rather exceptional and offers a beautiful shimmer, depending on how light hits it. It’s my favourite element of their collection! (Perhaps you saw it on Instagram, from their recent launch at the Royal Hibernian Academy?!)(The video? A beautiful visual synopsis of how the one-off dyed pieces were created from their Dublin Fringe installation ‘4/704’)
The collection is incredible and with all of the materials and labour deemed ethical, there are few reasons for one not to invest in We Are Islanders.
My favourite piece? This beautiful bamboo silk bomber with hand printed gold embellishment.
I’ve even decided not to get the Isabel Marant for H&M bomber and save for this one instead – that’s real commitment!
What are your thoughts on We Are Islanders?
Who is your favourite Irish designer?