Our fashion editor has her eye on beautiful bags, transcendent bridalwear and the best shoes to buy
I went to school on a Georgian square, so I’ve always been a fan of the doors of Dublin, the Georgian ones especially. What’s not to love about the symmetry, their beautiful proportions and the lovely fanlights, in all their faded glory? When Brendan McEvoy and his wife, Kasia, started their Irish handbag company, My Name Is Ted, they launched it with a Doors collection and paid homage to one door in particular, No. 7 Eccles Street.
As Joycean fans will know, this location was home to Leopold Bloom in Ulysses, and the actual door is on exhibition at The James Joyce Centre at 35 North Great George’s Street, a stunning streetscape if you like Georgian architecture.
Brendan and Kasia’s bags, made from full-grain Italian leather, have got a good deal of attention since they launched two years ago. The good news is that the range has just been extended, so joining the original ‘Door’ bag and the tote is a ‘Mini Door’ crossbody bag (pictured above in tan leather sitting above its older “sister” in champagne and tan).
The idea for the scaled-down bag came about because people kept telling Brendan that they wanted to carry fewer things, especially since we went into lockdown. He came up with the concept of a small double-zip bag, but it’s the add-ons that you can access easily that appeal to me, big time.
Of course, the company already has its leather ‘HandySan’ carry case, which was introduced last summer for carrying your hand sanitiser on the outside of your bag.
The strap of the new ‘Mini Door’ has been designed to take a ‘Petite’ purse, which clips on to a ring, and in the middle of next month My Name Is Ted will launch a matching leather holder to take your AirPods. Prices run from €495 for the ‘Mini Door’, which comes in tan, ivory or black leather with different finishes, while the three accessories cost €69-€129.
I really liked how the bags were styled in the photo by Catherine Condell — in pretty much my ideal kind of look for this time of the year — so I got the details: the navy coat is €120 from riverisland.ie; striped top, €89, from avoca.com; jeans, €27.99, from hm.com; denim cap, €17, from marksandspencer.com; and the Converse trainers are €65 from schuh.ie.
As for the brand’s unusual name, it turns out it was inspired by saddler Ted Carbery from Co Laois. He suffered an aneurysm when he was 44, after which he made leather bags and accessories using his mouth and left hand.
Ted’s road to recovery lasted three years and he documented every step of it in his diary, which Brendan and Kasia subsequently discovered in 2015.
Say ‘I do!’ to RIXO
I missed attending the catwalk shows at London Fashion Week last weekend, but the digital format gave me a chance to dip in and out and get a front-row seat on lots of back-to-back shows — without having to deal with the nightmarish London traffic.
One of the best aftershow parties was held a year ago by the RIXO girls, Orlagh McCloskey and Henrietta Rix. The pair, who met at college, have consistently knocked it out of the park for the last five years by switching up their collections.
And just like that, they surprised us again by launching a bridal range last Tuesday. The limited-edition, 30-piece collection will delight a lot of bridal parties because of the sheer breadth on offer, from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic. Many of the looks feature traditional lace inserts and there are gleaming jacquards, fun sequins, considered necklines and handy jackets.
When I was speaking to Orlagh before the show, she sounded especially pleased about their bespoke minimal-crease fabric, which is 100pc silk.
The collection is available to shop online from sizes 6-16. Prices range from €570 for the ‘Coco’ sequin blouson-sleeved midi dress up to €1,740 for the ‘Clementine’ cream silk jacquard dress with train.
The dresses come in white, ivory and a gorgeous vintage cream, in various lengths. The designers have considered all the options, from the formal gown to a little fun frock such as the ‘Candice’ (pictured above), which is a shift dress in silk with an ostrich-feather hemline, priced €780. And if you especially like the feathers, check out the ‘Jazi’ dress in satin-backed crepe, which falls to just above the ankles.
RIXO has a bridal specialist available for one-to-one virtual appointments. The duo have a store on London’s King’s Road and once lockdown lifts there, they intend to open a bridal store in Belgravia.
And speaking of weddings, Irish company Folkster had to close its gorgeous three-floor emporium at Dundrum Town Centre but has introduced one-hour Zoom appointments for brides and their bridesmaids, in which stylists take you through colour schemes, styles, fits and accessories. Book online for your slot.
There’s a shoe fiend in me trying desperately trying to get out so, zipping around the various websites, my heart skipped a beat when I saw this striking pair of Alberta Ferretti blue sandals (above). But for the moment, I’m sticking to trainers and I rather liked this colourful pair from Coach (below). Both styles are available from zalando.ie.