Another celebration of homegrown Irish design was on display Thursday evening at Atelier 27 and Om Diva on Drury Street. All Irish designers, all made in Ireland and some made on site in the studios above the shop. As well as selling Irish fashion, they also sell vintage clothing, vintage accessories and run Sip And Stitch; a sewing academy.
Greeted with friendly faces and a glass of bubbly, I headed upstairs where the store was buzzing. Every space was filled with a different designers work. Walls were mounted with illustrations, corners were fitted out with shelves of jewelry, rails of clothing were artfully placed around the floor and hats were on display overhead.
After taking in everything on the first floor, I headed upstairs to the studios to see where and how the designers worked. Neat and spacious with a view over the bustling streets below, mood boards were presented alongside finished pieces and works in progress. The designers were in demand from press and customers alike.
Going back down to the shop floor for another look, the number of customers had at least doubled. It was heartening to see such enthusiastic support for Irish design. Tills were ringing, customers were happily browsing and chatting, music and drinks were flowing and everyone was smiling. I think it was a success.
It was difficult to take photos after the crowd multiplied. Other designers of note were:
Colin Horgan: Strong shapes in solid colors and structured fabrics make for an eye catching silhouette
Aine Geoghegan: Draped black pieces that could be dresses up or down with ease.
Heather Finn: Warm colours complement each other in repeat patterns, particularly fringe trimmed geometric snoods heart print scares and versatile louche knit dresses in black or lilac.
Sean Byrne: Millinery in timeless shapes and bright colors.
Update from Om Diva
”Would you really, finally, definitely, 100% for sure like to learn how to use a sewing machine?! Then check out our Beginners Workshops with the incredible Sean Byrne. Dates are Sat 13th and Sun 14th April and Sat 20th and Sun 21st April.
Call 01 6791211 to book your place…and sew on!”