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I fell hard for Amy Anderson’s Kindred of Ireland linen pieces when I discovered her store while on holidays in Belfast. Flooded with natural daylight, it is almost like an art gallery, where the colourful linens beckon you to come closer to see the finer details, from the frills to the unusual finishes.
Anderson’s point of difference is her enterprising use of beetled linen, which is a very old technique where the fabric made from flax is hammered, and this releases oils, so this heritage fabric ends up with a glossy sheen almost resembling a papery-weight leather.
I’ll confess, I am utterly intrigued, and once you feel it, and see how the light plays on the fabric, your head will be turned. Mine certainly was, which is why Anderson was one of the designers I nominated as one of my ‘ones to watch’ last January.
And you don’t have to go to Belfast to see her work up close because, this week, Anderson’s new summer collection makes its debut in Dublin, where it goes on sale at CREATE in Brown Thomas on Tuesday.
The range includes blouses, dresses and coats priced from €215 to €900, and the star of the show is the ‘Camille’ ruffled linen dress in candy pink, which can be worn three ways.
“Wear the frilled high neck to the front, or you can spin it around and wear it like a wrap dress with a ‘V’ neckline, or you can wear it open like a coat, which is kind of how I wear mine mostly, and it’s quite nice as a coat thrown over jeans and a T-shirt,” says Anderson.
A bestseller in the SS22 collection, the ‘Camille’ costs €380 and also comes in a dark navy colour.
Another star in the Kindred of Ireland’s offering is the ‘Paper Bag’ dress in chocolate-brown beetled linen (€460), and Anderson has also used her signature beetled linen in coats like the oversized ‘Cloud’, which comes in black, or taupe, while her ‘Mallon’ reversible, blazer-style coat is a clever wardrobe asset, available in navy and black.
“The beetled linen is what makes Kindred really unique, I think, and I want to develop more of it into winter, because it is the thing that makes it stand apart, and it’s a really fun fabric,” says Anderson.
She is one of 27 designers chosen by Shelly Corkery, fashion buying director at Brown Thomas, to be part of the showcase, which runs in the Grafton Street store until August 15.
Now in its 12th year, the showcase introduces lots of visitors to the best of Irish talent, and provides invaluable access to customers. Rachel Maguire’s Rashhiiid makes its debut, and established knitwear brand IrelandsEye will unveil its contemplated knits, including striped shorts.
I fully expect to see lots of fangirling around Angela Scanlon, who is on a roll right now, what with her excellent TV work, podcast and her bestselling book .
Scanlon’s FRKL jewellery range has been a huge hit online to date, so it will be nice to have an opportunity to see her pretty charms and try on her necklaces, like ‘The One’ mega 18k gold-plated chain necklace and the pearl and gold choker, both €175.
The big news is that Scanlon will be debuting her new silver pieces. The ‘Orion’ mini charm (€35) and mega charm (€45) can be worn with silver-plated mini hoop earrings (€45) and midi hoops (€55).
If you are a rocker with a penchant for studded leather jackets, check out the luxe, one-off, hand-painted ‘Children of Lir’ leather jacket with Victorian locket (€3,000) from Sara O’Neill of Éadach.
Earlier this year, I wrote about O’Neill’s Art Deco-styled ‘Dreamer’ print, which is a poignant homage to the ‘Millies’, Belfast’s hard-working linen workers. This week, O’Neill will be introducing her Millies to Dublin, and the pieces, including a fab wrap dress with leather belt (€600).
O’Neill’s immersion into history in this print project was immense, and for her shoot last week, O’Neill brought her pieces to the floor of a former linen factory, where the Millies used to work. brownthomas.com
At a time when so many British brands have quit Ireland’s high street and gone online, it is interesting to see one that is investing more customer-facing opportunities here.
Three years after opening its first Irish store in Clonakilty, Co Cork, Seasalt Cornwall has opened a second shop, on Bridge Street in Westport. The company says it was drawn to the Co Mayo town’s vibrant character, stunning coastline and relaxed way of life.
Like its name suggests, there are lots of coastal influences in this family-owned brand. If you are a fan of Breton stripes like I am, there’s plenty of options in pleasing, muted colours, like the teal-toned sailor vest (€33), which is available in sizes 6-28. It looks great teamed with the Fieldscape linen shorts (€70), available in sizes 10-18. seasaltcornwall.com