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Six Luxury Irish Labels For The Fashionista In Your Life



There was a time when an Irish luxury brand would have been an oxymoron – but now with the rise of slower sustainable style, consumer’s appetite for buying Irish and the wealth of Irish designers and craftspeople offering beautifully made objects, there are a growing number of  brands offering luxury goods and making a success of focusing on quality and longevity.

What luxury means for consumers is highly personal – for a denim afficionado it might be a pair of Japanese selvedge, bespoke jeans from Native Denims, for someone in the Irish diaspora, it might be a hand woven crios blanket from Stable of Ireland that conjures up memories of home while for a frazzled mum juggling multiple commitments it might be an evocative escapist scent from Irish perfume house Cloon Keen.

Here we explore six stylish Irish luxury labels making desirable and special products that bring comfort, elegance and ease to our lives.

Laura Chambers Cashmere

Cherry Red Orlaith Beanie, €100, Cherry Pink Bridge Scarf in Cherry Red, €195. Pic: Laura Chambers

Now in her eighth year, Laura Chambers has become known for her exquisite cashmere in a vivid spectrum of colours full of incredible vibrancy. It is the ultimate feel-good brand, being ultra-tactile to wear while the colours are uplifting. ‘Colour is really the backbone of it – I love colour anyway,’ she says. ‘For my customer, she wants colour. It might be just a very simple shape but still it has to be very specific on colour.’

Laura sources her cashmere from world-leading spinners Tod & Duncan: this guarantees outstanding softness and durability, as well as assured standards of animal welfare. Each Laura Chambers cashmere piece is designed, and hand loomed in Dublin and is quite distinct from cashmere that has been mass produced in a factory.

She acknowledges that cashmere is expensive, noting that the cost of her cashmere as a raw material has almost doubled since launching, but adds, ‘When you look after your cashmere, when you treat it well and when you wash it well … it lasts forever. It just lasts forever.’

Inis Meáin

Inis Meáin knitwear Winter pub Jacket, €595. Pic: Inis Meáin
Inis Meáin knitwear Winter pub Jacket, €595. Pic: Inis Meáin

Inis Meáin Knitting Company was founded on the island in 1976 by Tarlach de Blácam and Áine Ní Chonghaile. Tarlach a Trinity College Dublin graduate had gone to Inis Meáin in the late sixties to immerse himself in the language and culture of the island while Áine was a native of Inis Meáin. When the pair married in 1973, they were determined to make their home on the island. They started a small factory with six knitting machines and today 50 years later, continue to be inspired by the rich knitting heritage of their home reinterpreting traditional stitches and styles in the finest yarns to create beautiful and sophisticated garments. 

Their authentic heritage, sophisticated design, beautiful yarns, and impeccable standard of finish are appreciated by customers around the world including US actor Patrick Dempsey who is a major fan of their knits. They are stocked by international luxury retailers and are particularly successful in North America and Japan.

Stable of Ireland

Stable of Ireland Handwoven Crios Blanket. Pic: Supplied
Stable of Ireland Handwoven Crios Blanket. Pic: Stable of Ireland

Stable of Ireland is a lifestyle brand founded by Sonia Reynolds and Francis Duff which is rooted in Irish craft and textiles and sells an edit of Irish clothing, homeware, and accessories. They work in collaboration with Irish textile weavers and craftspeople to re-imagine traditional skills and textiles in a contemporary style. They have re-interpreted classic Irish pieces like the crios and the Aran sweater. 

The duo say, ‘A large focus for our work is to gain a deeper understanding of Ireland through what we make. Everything we do has a story; the history of the craft, the textile, the art, the location, the background to the wonderful people who make with us. Each and every scarf, throw, piece of clothing or home accessory is deeply imbued with it all. For us, it is a pure joy to do what we do. Everything we design and make is built to last, working with natural materials as close to us as possible.’

Native Denims

Women's denim jeans, from €175. Pic: Native Denims
Women’s denim jeans, from €175. Pic: Native Denims

While some might query a denim brand on a luxury list Native Denims is no ordinary denim brand. It’s a sustainable Irish fashion business that offers a range of premium denim products including a bespoke jeans service that promises the ultimate pair of jeans made specifically to clients’ personal measurement and specifications.

Their complete tailored service involves meeting with their Master Maker and being taken through the various stages of the process from initial measurements, the development of a unique pattern block, choice of fabrics, (with over 100 to choose from), determination of trim combinations, identifying the preferred style, and input into garment construction. Multiple fittings guarantee the perfect look and fit with the entire process ensuring what they call ‘the ultimate jean’. The fee for the service is €500 with each repeat from the individual pattern block at €300.

Cloon Keen

Cloon Keen Sybarite
Cloon Keen Sybarite. Pic: Cloon Keen

Cloon Keen is a uniquely Irish perfumer who aim to conjure a sense of timeless place and enduring culture through its lyrical scents. The brand takes its name from the Gaelic ‘Cluain Caoin’, meaning ‘splendid meadow’. Everything is hand made in Galway with oils come from renowned growers who share the same passion and integrity as Cloon Keen founders Margaret Mangan and Julian Checkley.

Cloon Keen Castana
Cloon Keen Castana. Pic: Cloon Keen

They believe that the right scent can create a world of its own, and can transport you, through imagination and memory, to the past, to a place, to a mood and a way of feeling.

They say Cloon Keen scents defy cliché and speak of ‘gentleness and lyricism, folklore and magic, suppression and rebellion, romance, and determination’.

Six Irish luxury labels for the fashionista in your life
Pic: Cloon Keen/Facebook

All are utterly original and intoxicating, Castanea their signature scent has received international acclaim including a five-star rating from Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez in their Perfumes A to Z. Cloon Keen also sell luxury scented candles and body care.

The Landskein

Diem Jacket. Pic: The Landskein

The Landskein make modern tailoring that embodies a sense of place, tradition, and impeccable craftsmanship. It favours unstructured relaxed silhouettes with an atmosphere of luxurious ease and honours the legacy of luxury Irish heritage textiles by working exclusively with Irish weavers.

Founder Anna Guerin brings two decades of design and tailoring skill, as well as a deep love for the unique heritage of Irish textiles to her brand. The label’s fourth collection, titled Orphic is guided by a philosophy of minimalist design and meticulous craftsmanship through the exquisite use of heritage fabrics and unparalleled tailoring. Tweeds are designed by The Landskein using super fine lambswool woven exclusively for the brand in Donegal by Seán and Kieran Molloy in a harmonious blend of understated colours in rich tones of olive, ink, cocoa, jet black, dove grey, and mulberry. The brand now sells at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street sitting alongside luxury international designers and last February presented its first collection at New York during fashion week to a positive response.

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