Irish Clothing - My Local Loves this Christmas
Talking all things Irish clothing for this episode of My Local Loves this Christmas...
Before I begin this post, I want to remind you all how important it is to shop consciously. At last, the inhumane ways of fast fashion were exposed on a larger scale than we had yet seen this year. Although this wasn't exactly fresh news, (tones of fast fashion brands had been paying their staff in third world countries little to nothing from the get go), it is extremely significant to remember the horrific images we saw on social media of run down factories and disgraceful working conditions, while shopping this Christmas. There's no denying how much I love clothes, mainly because I have always loved dressing up and planning every detail of an outfit, -what way I'll wear my hair + makeup with it, how I'll accessorize etc. However the fact that I own so many nice pieces of clothing is part of the reason that I tend to over dress a bit 😅 I think it's really important to wear everything I buy. I don't care anymore if I've worn it to another event or if it's in too many social media pics. I care more about getting the wear out of them, ensuring they aren't just in my wardrobe gathering dust!
You may have seen some influencers promoting the #30Wears Campaign, which has the same important message - don't buy something unless you will get 30 wears out of it. This really helps decision making when it comes to removing some items from your favourites list 👌🏼
I already had a fair few favourite stores for this post to begin with, and I've recently come across some more lovely ones to share with you as part of the research for this blog post, so sit back and enjoy ladies 😊
Save Dublin Zoo
How about the gift that keeps on giving?
The 'Save Dublin Zoo' campaign is still running and you can support it by purchasing their limited edition hoodie for €35. They are amazing quality and so so soft, I love mine!!
Starting with one of my personal favourites, Crave Closet. Irish lass Laura has dreamed of setting up Crave Closet since she was 15 years old with one major goal in mind, - "Get the closet you crave for less". Laura set up the brand in 2016 with the understanding that customers want that feeling of uniqueness in their clothing but at an affordable price. This can definitely be seen in Crave Closet's pieces, and is undoubtedly the reason that they have been recognised by one of the top retailer's out there, Top Shop. So you can now buy Crave Closet pieces from their own online store and from Top Shop stores.
I own a few of Crave Closet's pieces, some which have been generously gifted to me but I have bought most of them myself.
Here are the fab Crave Closet pieces from my wardrobe.
Club Nine Collection
This next Local Love is just a few months old and deserves your support this Christmas. Club Nine Collection has been created by two childhood pals from Kildare, David Barton + Samuel Harney. The lads wanted to take a step away from fast fashion by creating their sustainable range of clothing.
Club Nine Collection's packaging is also biodegradable and is printed here in Ireland too. So why not support an Irish start up that is also a conscious clothing brand this Christmas.
My next local love is Born Clothing, an Irish owned chain of fashion stores with locations across the country, including two in my home town of Naas, Co. Kildare.
I remember the first time I walked through the doors of the first Born store in Naas. I was so excited to see a women's clothing store with such wearable and on-trend pieces, from comfy stylish jumpers to beautiful party-wear!
Born also have a men's clothing department with some more fabulous pieces at great prices. You can check them out in store and online.
Next up is the lovely Polkadot Fashion, an Irish owned Boutique store stocking sizes 8-16. Polkadot Fashion is new to us this year from entrepreneur Avril Byrne. Avril believes that "Everyday is a day to dress up", a woman after my own heart 😉
Here are just some of the stunning pieces available on the website.
This next Local Love was a new discovery for me, McElhinneys Department store from Donegal. McElhinneys was established in 1971. Today it shares some of the most stylish and exciting designer goods, stocking homeware, children's wear, as well as men and women's clothing and accessories.
Here are some of my favourites from their online store.
My next Local Love is Kildare's premier boutique, Nicola Ross. Stocking it all, from smart casual wear to mother of the bride, Nicola Ross caters for a wide female audience.
Here are some of their must haves, available online.
Ending with an important message, similar to that of Club Nine Collection's, this next Local Love is Imara Earth.
Imara Earth comes to us from a Donegal born and Kenya raised woman, Amy. Imara Earth is an Irish conscious clothing brand, which all kicked off from Amy's first creation 'the hag', a bucket hat which can be turned into a bag!
Amy really shows her creativity and care for the planet through her work. Here are some of her pieces that are available now.
I hope you enjoyed this My Local Loves this Christmas post 😊 Don't forget to check out the other Local Loves blog posts. They are some wonderful Irish companies on there that are sure to give you some inspo for your Christmas shopping! Stay tuned for the next upcoming post by becoming a subscriber to the blog. All you have to do is fill in your details in the box on the home page :)
Lots of love,
Aoife P R