Brown Thomas: Create

When I was little we used to spend a lot of time in Dublin- my mum’s originally from there, so I have a lot of fond memories of the city and it’s still one of my favourite places to be. To me, the north coast and Dublin are ‘home’. My memories of Dublin are staying at my grandparent’s house, having egginacup for breakfast, the most ridiculous amount of Easter eggs and Christmas presents, huge parties (a bonus of a big family) and having my granny tell me stories, Irish myth and legends- the very stories that inspired Éadach. Another favourite memory was going to the Grafton Street store Switzers to see the stunning window displays, especially at Christmas.

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O’Connell Bridge, Dublin

So, this month when I found out that I had been chosen to be part of Brown Thomas Create, something seemed to have come full circle. Brown Thomas is in the same building as Switzers, and when I was little and browsing the vast array of stunning goods in the store I could scarcely have imagined that one day my own range, inspired by my childhood stories in Dublin, would be displayed under this very roof. As an Irish fashion graduate, I see having my designs in Brown Thomas as the ultimate accolade in Irish fashion, it will be a huge privilege to have my work sit under the same roof as Isabel Marant, JW Anderson, Vivienne Westwood, and so many other designers that I admire. I’m really looking forward to bringing my granny to Brown Thomas to see the prints that her stories inspired in the store. That’s a pretty cool fashion achievement at 88! 🙂

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Grafton St, en route to my meeting with Brown Thomas
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Picking up some inspirational literature in the Winding Stair bookshop
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Inspiration for new prints

For Brown Thomas I have created four exclusive new prints which I’m very excited about. As always, I’m taking inspiration from the north coast, with Kinbane Castle being a huge influence on one of the prints. As my current range is very blue based I wanted to broaden the colour palette and have brought in lots of pink and red hues, from the softest candyfloss pink to darkest rose, inspired by the colours of clouds at sunset and hardy little sea pinks. There’s also warm neutrals and splashes of yellow.The prints range stylistically from very soft and feminine to quite dark and rock n roll. All will be revealed when the range launches in Brown Thomas on 5 July. It will be more widely available later in the year.

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Kinbane Castle- inspiration for one of the new Éadach prints.
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Kinbane Castle
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Pink- my new colour palette

 

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