Working for John and Simone Rocha for over 15 years has given Derry-born, NCAD graduate Caoimhe Grant extensive design and creative experience in fashion and accessories. Now a mother of two and based in Dublin, she launched a collection of bags and accessories with soft, sculptural silhouettes, featuring distinctive bows, twists and knots in duchess satin and fulled linen. The collection, made in Dublin, consists of five models in five colors – two shoulder straps, two bow totes and a clutch in large and small sizes, from €125 to €285. In the fall, expect to see similar patterns in dusted velvet. Shown in the Void art gallery in Derry, Grant worked with a full Northern Irish crew for the shoot – photographer, videographer and hair and makeup artist were all from Derry, and the model from Northern Irish agency Antipode. Items in the collection can be purchased on its website, augustnight.ie.
KILDARE VILLAGE UPDATE
On a recent visit to Kildare Village, after an absence of almost three years, it was a surprise to see comprehensive and stylish amenities from top brands – such as Tory Burch, Jimmy Choo, Maje and Sandro – displaying the scale and the breadth of their offerings. Interesting newcomers include Neom (luxury home fragrances and diffusers) Zadig & Voltaire and Eleventy, from Milan, showcasing classic, understated Italian fashion for men and women. At Pinko, an unlikely bestseller turned out to be a Hawaiian-style polyester shirt, complete with matching palazzos, that certainly suited the day’s climate. The most enticing bargains were in the Barbour pop-up, where various waxed jackets cost just €99. Although this closed at the end of July, the Village continues a regular pop-up space – currently Reiss for August – with even lower prices which have proven popular. Other attractions include an elaborate new playground for children, a private lounge, valet parking and hands-free shopping service. The playful and colorful ‘We Missed You’ mural that greets visitors is by Holly Pereira of The Minaw Collective, an all-female Irish street art collective. The next phase of development, with 31 additional stores, is expected to open in October.
Sisters Louth Ruth and Jane Flanagan have years of experience in the fashion industry in London and New York. Jane worked in fashion and lingerie design and now designs lingerie and accessories for Dunnes Stores, while Ruth worked at Brown Thomas and Arnotts and later Harrods for three years. During the Covid lockdown, Ruth moved from London and she and Jane worked remotely, while spending their free time swimming in the sea. Now they have launched their own affordable collection, called Style Ignite, based on their wardrobes. changing dresses and the desire for softer, more comfortable clothes made from certified organic cotton. Among the alluring pieces, a pink hoodie (€49), a blue daisy cardigan set (€79) and a short-sleeved top in white cotton lace (€69). Find them and more on styleignitestudio.com. Style Ignite donates €1 to Friends of the Earth Ireland for every sale.
WE DO GOOD
A new Dublin pop-up, whose mandate is to collaborate with Irish designers and social enterprises across the country, and which creates meaningful jobs for people from disadvantaged backgrounds “making beautiful products”, recently opened its doors on Fade Street. Currently the shop shares space with Irish artist Kiki Na Art, who makes handcrafted jewelery and wall hangings and has launched a line of clothing with her sister, Sorcha, called SoKiki, all designed and printed in Dublin. The pair uses upcycled and vintage clothing wherever possible and, as each piece is hand printed, can fit all body shapes and sizes. Find them at 16 Fade Street, Dublin, run by Lauralee Guiney, who previously ran the IMMA bookshop in Kilmainham.
It’s not often that a cancer physiotherapist turns to goldsmithing, but that’s what Sine (pronounced Shee-nah) Vasquez did in 2013, studying jewelry making part-time. Two years later, she exhibited her first collection at the National Craft & Design Fair, and continued her full-time studies in traditional jewelry and silversmithing at the School of Jewelry, graduating with honors in 2019. Her pieces focus on the details of traditional masonry, carpentry, hardware, architectural details and functional flourishes, so it’s no surprise that it has a family heritage of stonemasons and carpenters. She makes everything by hand in her studio in Dublin. Visit his website sinevasquezjewellery.be
A FAIR DEAL
Ruth Ribeaucourt, creator of a new luxury quarterly magazine called Faire, is a multifaceted Irish entrepreneur based in Provence, who has successfully managed various roles as wife, mother, photographer and designer, selling vintage clothing and old. She is also the founder of the French Muse site, sharing her love of Provence with all sorts of tips and stories. His new magazine was launched last April with 13 extended features, celebrating the life and work of a diverse group of artists, artisans and creatives from around the world and became an instant hit, now sold in over 30 countries. The first edition features the late Irish artist and writer Fiona Cribben, Swedish oyster diver Lotta Klemming, globe-trotting baker Gillian Bell, among others, and the second edition features an interview with embroiderer Domino Whisker. The second issue of Faire is on sale at Stable of Ireland, Scout and Easons (€21.07). Visit dopress.com
This article was edited on August 21, 2021