Undoubtably fabric selection is one of the most important factors when creating a piece of clothing. It has always been vital for me to select quality fabrics, but also fabrics that I can have an emotional connection too. Therefore I try to stay true to my heritage, and work with as many natural Irish fabric as I can.
For many centuries Ireland has been renowned for its quality fabrics, such as linen and Donegal tweed. Sadly the textile industry in Ireland has gone into decline in recent years. When sourcing throughout Ireland for textile mills to work with, I discovered that the majority of the mills had closed. Either due to increasing costs or lack of demand.
However I did manage to find the last few remaining textile mills, and some of the oldest. I source the tweed from family run weavers 'Molloy & Sons', who have been in the textile industry since the mid 19th century. There is very little they don't know about tweed. Currently run by father and son duo Shaun and Kieran, they are true craftsmen. Their wealth of knowledge, skill and expertise comes through from their ancestors and continues to live on in the modern techniques that they have embraced. Inspiration surrounds them from the dramatic beauty of the ocean, to the sky, hills, and mountains of this region famed for its tweed production. It is these elements that are echoed in the intricate beauty of the colours and tones found in their tweeds.
Revered for the colour, beauty and quality of their tweeds, Molloy & Sons are one of the few companies who can proudly claim to create authentic Donegal Tweed. Close attention is given to every process from conception to the finished piece ensuring that standards are met and exceeded. Yarns are spun and dyed locally while colour matching; designing, warping, weaving and dispatch are all done in-house.