Happy 4th of July: here are 10 Meghan Markle-approved American brands you should know about
In the US, the Fourth of July celebrations might mean hot dogs and fireworks, but in fashion, it's time to celebrate American designers - in particular those endorsed by 2018's most influential style icon, Meghan Markle.
In what surely was to be a sign of the impact the 'Meghan effect' would have on retailers, the 'Peacemaker ring' by accessories brand Bauble Bar still hasn't a waiting list nearly two years after she first shared a picture wearing it two years ago. The ring itself is reasonably priced by royal standards (€38) and features the branches of a vine with small crystals across two fingers. Available at www.baublebar and there's a selection of products at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street.
The idea of a British royal donning any kind of purse that isn't a dainty clutch is unheardof, so Meghan's casual oversized leather tote by Everlane ($175) during her first appearance with Prince Harry was a signal her commitment to her individuality. The exact bag, the 'Mother Day Tote' is back in stock and available at www.everlane.com.
They were the jeans that launched a thousand op-eds: a pair of distressed ankle grazing jeans by Mother Denim, which have been restocked twice over the last year. Available at www.motherdenim.com.
When global interest around her started to pique, Meghan saw it as an opportunity to showcase her friends work, including Misha Nonoo, the Bahrain-born, American-based designer behind that crisp white 'Husband' shirt she wore in Toronto last year. It's believed that Nonoo was the anonymous matchmaker that set her up with Harry, so a boost in worldwide sales was the least she could do. Available at www.mishanonoo.com.
While managing a long distance relationship with Harry, fashion worshippers got some insight into Meghan's effortless street style, a casual combination of high-end, but not unattainable Canadian and American labels she was familiar with. All - gasp! - off the rack. During her engagement tour, her chic navy and white wrap coat was a hit. www.jcrew.com.
Rough & Tumble
We'll miss the pictures of Meghan, yoga mat in hand, en route to her local Toronto studio, but we'll always have the memories - and a piece of the fashion. The oversized 'Access' bag by Rough & Tumble was a fixture on her arm during paparazzi hounding days and it's part of the brand's key aesthetic. Available at www.roughandtumbledesign.com.
There was a time when the new Duchess of Sussex was devoted to Veronica Beard, for any red carpet event, including one half of a short suit that will go down in history as one of the most overused pictures of her while reporting on her royal romance. www.veronicabeard.com.
For her first Wimbledon, Meghan showcased her less is more approach with a black button down fit and flare dress by American icon Ralph Lauren. Available at department stores around Ireland, including Arnotts, Brown Thomas, Kildare Village and LittlewoodsIreland.com.
We finally got a glimpse of Meghan's royal off-duty style - and we approve! Her gingham dress she wore cheering on Prince Harry at the Audi Polo Chjllenge was more in keeping with the pre-wedding Meghan and made for a refreshing change of pace. www.shoshanna.com.
At Wimbledon in 2016, when she had already been on some secret dates with her future husband, Meghan landed a centre court spot in the royal box, donning her summer signature, a Madewell x Biltmore panama hat, and a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses by the late, legendary designer Kate Spade. Available at Brown Thomas and Arnotts and www.katespade.com.
For any of the brands who don't deliver to Ireland, An Post's Address Pal is just the trick!