• Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

10 Irish Designers I'm Obsessing Over Lately

Updated: Jan 13, 2019

If you keep up with my work in Lovin, you'll know I'm head over heels in love with the concept of buying Irish and I have a weekly series called Irish Made.


On this series, I showcase a new Irish company each week however, over the last while I've not had much time to write during my working day, so I've decided to add bits and pieces to my own website instead.


There are so many incredible Irish designers, artists, illustrators and creatives around and supporting their passions is so much better than buying from huge corporations.


Here are some Irish designers that make my heart full:


1. Chupi


There's few things more special than jewellery. It lasts forever and it carries a story with you wherever you go.


Chupi makes the most intricate and stunning pieces around. Her work is inspired by nature and wild things and a lot of it is moulded from pieces of the Irish landscape that she found whilst adventuring around the Emerald Isle. You’ll find feathers, twigs and leaves laced with diamonds and gemstones.


I've been dreaming of owning a Chupi piece for the last year and I'm going to make sure that 2019 is the year I get my hands on one.





2. Jando


Irish power couple Julie and Owen McLoughlin create stand-out, eye-catching prints of Dublin's most iconic locations and focal points.


Their vibrant and colourful works have become a staple art piece in many households across the country.


I picked up my very first piece this month, the Poolbeg Towers, and I cannot wait to frame it and stick it up my in room.





3. Loinnir Jewellery


I adore Loinnir Jewellery because it ties in Irish craft and history.


The designer, Cara Sturgess is inspired by Ireland's heritage and landscapes, from the Giant's Causeway to The Burren.


Cara won the 'Best Idea of Ireland Best Young Entrepreneur in the Leo Fingal Region in 2015. 


Loinnir comes from the Irish word for ‘radiance’ and that is exactly what her pieces encapsulate.


Working in delicate metals, Loinnir offers a modern take on Ireland, whilst still remembering the past. 


Each piece is designed and handmade in Cara's studio in Dublin.



4. Forester


Forester is a vegan-friendly company that creates staple accessories such as vegan leather bags, belts, wallets and satchels.


I'm a sucker for a good bag pack and these ones are proper slick

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Created by Alannah McGhee and Sean Forester have created something new and fresh, that environmental souls will love.




5. Inner Island

Inner Island jewellery is so different from anything else I've seen in the Irish market.


The company launched in 2015 by Irish jeweller Gemma O Leary. She hoped it would showcase design integrity and quality. All pieces are made in rural County Wexford.


The brand brings a refined, subtle approach to design. It's all about simple shapes with unexpected details, pieces that stand out from the crowd with a modern contemporary aesthetic.


I recently got my hands on the Ammil earrings and I adore them. They're now my go-to everyday earrings.

As in, I never take them off.


If you're interested in Inner Island, you can learn more by clicking here.





6. Jill&Gill


This savage female-boss duo run an illustration and print studio.


The girls paired up in 2016 after collaborating on a print commission together. Since then they've worked on projects for James Vincent McMorrow, Currabinny, Smirnoff, Repeal project, Jameson and Brown Thomas.


The best part however, is that the pair are now selling stand-out apparel.


This collection of garments was created to represent aspirational women through illustration, print and style.


Jill is a sketch artist and Gillian is a print maker, neither can do the other's job but together they make a unique product that's instantly recognisable.


The images are hand draw, then turned into screen prints and transferred onto the clothes.

The garments are really well made and ethically sourced. They have been created under the brand's ethos to be fashion conscious and timeless.



Via jillandgill


7. Maser


Maser is one of the most popular Dublin street artists around.


He's created some iconic art including the Repeal heart during the referendum this year and that trippy "U Are Alive" Mural on Camden Street.


Well you don't need to walk through the city to see his prints, in fact you can buy them.


Add a splash of life and colour to any room with a Maser piece.



Via: maserart


8. Liadain Knitwear


I came across Liaden when I saw my dream jumper - a handmade blue, cosy jumper with a picture of the Poolbeg Towers. (I'm a little obsessed with them!)


The moment I saw it, I knew I had to have it.


(I'm still saving my pennies to do so)


Liadain was created with the intention of being sustainable, ethical & functional  garments that leave a happy footprint on our earth.


The creations speak for themselves in their appealing colour combinations and patterns - they're too fab.





9. Hephee


Hephee's doodles are simple ideas that are beyond hilarious.


From Lynx Africa scented candles to pints of Guinness, I'm utterly obsessed with his illustrations.


Heffernan is part of creative collective, Peachy Dublin, who put on art exhibitions, music and creative events in the city, usually for charity - So that's where you'll find him offline.


Via hephee


10. Ambr Eyewear


I got my very first pair of blue light screen glasses this year and I think it was my best purchase of 2018.


Digital Eye Strain is what causes those awful headaches and tired eyes. Over 90% of digital employees experience symptoms without even realising they have it. I was one of those victims.


I'd leave work everyday with a piercing headache and fuzzy eyes. As soon as I got my glasses this stopped happening.


The site is easy to navigate through and has a load of information, if you want to learn more about the product.


The store is simple but effective, they offer six styles of frame and each style has a few colour variations.

The prices range from €49-56, which I was pretty happy with, especially if it's for something I plan to wear every single day.

Best of all, you can now find Ambr in Brown Thomas, just in case you want to see what they look like in person. This is a huge step for the company, especially in such a short amount of time since setting up.

These are just some of my favourite designers I've come across in the last year.


Have I missed out on any?