Wearing Irish in New York.
Wearing Irish in New York.
The wearingirish campaign was Initially conceived in 2016 as a way for founder and chief flag bearer Margaret Molloy to showcase the talent we have in Ireland and encourage others to do likewise — the campaign quickly caught the public imagination. Search #wearingirish on Instagram today and you’ll find over 13,000 results.
WearingIrish sets out to tell the world the untold story of contemporary Irish fashion and the makers behind the creations. Having captured the imagination of consumers and influencers on both sides of the Atlantic on social media Margaret Molloy decided the next step was bringing the winning designers to NYC.
WearingIrish NYC 2018 was a curated showcase and event program that took place from May 15th to 17th at Bank of Ireland startlab, neighboring the iconic Grand Central Terminal.
INNER ISLAND was honored to be one of Ten Irish designers that were flown to the Big Apple, stayed in the Fitzgerald Hotel in Manhattan and was introduced to mover and shakers of the Irish diaspora, along with fashion industry professionals, marketing experts, stylists and press. We spent 48 hours displaying our creations, meeting potential customers, and forging connections to accelerate growth. The invitation-only program was be packed with panelists and guests, eager to discover Irish designers. I was blown away by the kindness and openness of the New Yorkers I met. The genuine interest and curiosity they had was heartwarming. It was a wonderful event from start to finish and I do hope this initiative continues for other designers to experience what I experienced.
Besides INNER ISLAND the other worthy designers that were chosen among 170 applicant are the following;
Designed and manufactured on the Wild Atlantic Way, Áine incorporates color and texture into natural fabrics to create simple shapes.
Encompassing the finest of Irish heritage, from Donegal tweed to Connemara lace, this womenswear brand is at the forefront of modern design.
Bláith’s unconventional jewelry pieces are the result of innovative techniques and craftsmanship using fine nylon braiding combined with robust metals and delicate crystal.
Kildare-based DE BRUIR craft leather goods, combining wax cotton and leather using pared-back construction techniques.
Taking inspiration from the likes of Harry Clarke, Jennifer Rothwell is renowned for her striking, colorful prints.
This womenswear collection reflects a modern “Irishness” with opulent fabrics, appliques, whimsical hand beaded and hand painted surface decoration.
SANDS AND HALL
This designer is known for reinventing the cape and creating contemporary, wearable, pieces using fine materials and techniques.
THE TWEED PROJECT
This Galway-based designer combines Irish fabrics with modern tailoring for a truly authentic expression of Irish design
This brand presents a strong feminine collection that combines Triona’s signature fabrics with classic contemporary shapes in the form of jackets, capes and coats.
The event was a complete success and truly inspirational. To learn more visit