Saturday 10 December 2016

Focus on Irish Fashion: Tim Ryan

Sinead Van Kampen

Published 31/05/2011 | 14:57

A model wears a Tim Ryan design
A model wears a Tim Ryan design

London based and Irish born, Tim Ryan is a designer and connoisseur of knitwear. Famed for designing glamorous must haves, eschewing conventional design and producing bold, sculpted knitwear, Tim produces contemporary pieces that give a twist to this most traditional of fabrics.

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We at Independent Woman thought it was about time we found out some more about this crafty Irishman.

When did you realise that you wanted to be a designer?

I always made things so I think it was a kind of evolution rather than a revelation, but it was a long time ago now. The older I get the harder it is to remember a time when I wasn't doing this.

What was the first thing you made?

Probably a jumper for myself, but I actually made it as I went along rather than being planned or designed in the traditional sense.

What’s inspiring you now?

At the moment it's about the yarns, we're still doing lots of fringing and experimenting with different yarns. The yarns have been specially produced for us by a small mill in Leicester.

How would you describe your SS11 collection?

Spring/Summer is kind of a contemporary cocktail collection, lots of golds, white and flashes of neon pink, perfect for high-summer.

Knitted dresses to have fun in.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

Production is always a challenge as I'm such a perfectionist when it comes to finish and quality. Everything has to be 100% before it's shipped to stores, it's this quality that makes things a little more expensive but it also means that the garments will last for years.

If you could choose a celebrity endorsement, who would it be and why?

I love to see anyone looking great in something we've made and really celebrity endorsement mean very little to me. Perhaps if I had to choose then maybe Wallis Simpson ... or Kate Moss!

Whose collection have you really been impressed by this season?

I really haven't taken too much notice. I've have stopped buying fashion magazines as I find them so boring. I always love Chanel though.

What is the one item everyone should have in their closet?

Something that they love so much they want to display it or look at it even when they're not wearing it. Everyone should have at least one thing that makes them excited every time they see it.

What was your most tragic fashion moment?

None, I look back on my younger self and enjoy the spectacle.

Where do you like to shop?

In London, I love Browns, Liberty and Beyond Retro. In Dublin, Jenny Vander is a must.

Where can we find you on a Sunday afternoon?

Nobody finds me on a Sunday afternoon.

Share one insider secret?

It's harder work than it looks.

How would you like your clothes to be remembered?

I'd love people to remember the things that happened when they wore the clothes, remember dancing and laughing and friends. I'd be very happy if my things were associated with having an amazing time.

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