St Patrick’s Day, the time of year that Ireland is in the limelight and tourists converge in the city. What better time to promote Irish design? And that is what Arnotts have done with their ‘Love Irish Design’ campaign. A mix of the new and the established sit alongside each other in the windows and the store.
“As Ireland’s largest and longest established department store, Arnotts is proud and committed to supporting both emerging and established Irish designers across all disciplines throughout the store”
Founded in 1866, Magee is an Irish company famous worldwide as weavers of high quality natural fibre fabrics and throughout Europe for gentlemen’s clothing. I was lucky to visit them in Donegal about 10 years ago and it was great to see both the fabric being woven and the tweed jackets being constructed on home soil.
Button & Co
Award winning goldsmith Elaine Sarah Comerford took her childhood memory of her mother’s rusty tins of buttons in the house, and created a collection of jewelry that would represent people’s memories. On the day I visited Arnotts, she was taking part in the window demonstration.
Winner of the Dublin Fashion Week’s Brown Thomas Mentor Award in 2007, Rothwell specialises in bespoke silk print dresses. A new jersey collection is being introduced, made in Dublin, by a local cutter and seamstress. She is also developing her own digital prints.
Based in a converted duck hatchery in Co. Monaghan, this colourful designer produces wearable art. Earlier in the week, she also took part in the window demonstration with her colorfully chaotic performance art which you see behind the Button & Co window demonstration.
Unfortunately not everything in the window was accompanied with the a name so I don’t know who designed the neon dresses or the cool hats but i’ll update when I know.