So. Unless you are choosing to heed Ghostbuster II’s prediction that the world will end next Sunday, you may be considering Valentine’s gifts. If you’re in a bit of a quandary about this, read on…
I’ve already had a few organised souls get in touch to order Éadach scarves for V day. Éadach scarves are 130cm x 130 cm silk twill with a hand rolled edge. Beloved of musicians and models, artists and A-listers, ÉADACH is influenced by Ireland’s cultural heritage and blends my signature pencil drawings with abstract imagery to create richly coloured contemporary patterns. The scarves are deliberately large to create a very versatile, luxurious garment- they can be worn as a shawl, sarong, twisted into a top or a turban. They even make fabulous wall hangings. These pieces add absolute luxury to everyday- being swathed in silk is a great way to get dressed in the morning! The scarves themselves are highly coveted, and as one size fits all there’s no need to go through the stress of trying to choose the right size (and the horror of choosing the wrong size)
There are four prints in the range: Banshee, Pirate Queen, Lost Souls and Maeve Roe. Each print is from a limited edition run of 300, and comes with a numbered authenticity certificate. Each piece is elegantly packaged with gorgeous personal touches, wrapped in tissue and ribbon.
Each print is visually very distinctive with different inspiration behind them and people are often drawn to one or two of them, either because they love the story behind the print or on a more practical level because it compliments their style and colouring. If you are unsure which print to go for just give me a shout and I’ll do my best to give you my greatest stylist advice. Alternatively here’s a (not very serious) way to choose 🙂 Simply decide which of the following descriptions sounds most like your beloved…
FEMININE AND ROMANTIC
She is an incurable romantic, a sweetheart who loves poetry, fairytales and windswept castles (and secretly wants to be the princess in the story and the castle)
Her classic icon is Marilyn Monroe.
Her Éadach print is MAEVE ROE.
FEISTY AND ADVENTUROUS
She is strong willed, fiery and loves nothing more than travelling to parts unknown for amazing adventures. She is happiest when she is in the great outdoors and loves animals.
Her classic icon is Brigitte Bardot.
Her Éadach print is PIRATE QUEEN.
ANGELIC AND ETHEREAL
‘Every time a bell rings, an Angel gets their wings’ She is just a total angel, a delicate endearing darling who lights up a room with her beautiful nature.
Her classic icon is Audrey Hepburn.
Her Éadach print is LOST SOULS.
FEMME FETALE (with lovely hair)
She has a powerful, magnetic presence, a tendency towards dramatic outbursts and has perfected the look that could kill. Her trademark is her crowning glory.
Her classic icon is Veronica Lake.
Her Éadach print is BANSHEE.
The scarves are £170 and can be purchased by getting in touch with me (posted special delivery, just fill out the form below for details) or through my gorgeous Éadach stockists:
BTS Concept Store (Coleraine)
Bohemian Vixen at St George’s Market (Belfast, every Sunday)
Gráinne Maher Vault (Belfast)
Una Rodden Couture (Belfast)
House of Devour (LA)
As Éadach is influenced by Ireland’s myth, legend and history and we are thinking of Valentine’s day, it would be folly to not give the man himself a mention. While we associate Valentine’s day with dodgy cards and overpriced red roses, do you know the real story of Valentine, why he is the patron saint of love and about his link to Ireland?
He was a priest in Rome in the third century, and incurred the wrath of Emperor Claudius II for secretly marrying couples against his wishes. Claudius thought that single men made better soldiers and did not want his men to marry. Valentine’s Christian beliefs meant he would rather couples were married, this was a belief that led him to an untimely death. Legend would have it that he died for his faith on February 14th 269, and that this is why we celebrate him on that day. His links with Ireland occurred many centuries later.
In the 1820′ and 30’s, a Carmelite priest by the name of John Spratt had earned a reputation for his work with the destitute citizens of Dublin’s Liberties. Spratt began the building process of the Carmelite church in nearby Whitefriar St in 1825.
Ten years later, he was invited to speak at the Jesuit Church in Rome. The elite of Rome came to hear him, including representatives of Pope Gregory XVI. As a token of recognition of his good work, the Pope ordered the exhumation of the remains of St Valentine from St Hippolytus cemetery near Rome to be shipped to Whitefriar St Church, in Dublin, where they remain.