Two is better than one is our mantra for 2021, as we round up the new Irish collaborations that are making our lives more sustainable and stylish.
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." A saying that feels especially relevant right now, considering the many challenges that have Irish creatives have faced this year.
Collaborations in fashion are nothing new, but 'X' can often mark a sweet spot in terms of brand strategy by increasing visibility, levelling up social media reach and creating new connections with a customer base.
From designer and influencer partnerships to ones that see creatives sharing their processes, coming together is never a bad idea. In celebration of all things Irish this week, below are some exciting new fashion collaborations to get excited about.
Niamh X Holly
What happens when a womenswear designer and an influencer join forces? Well, an eco-conscious capsule collection that consists of contemporary wardrobe staples might not be first to mind, but that is indeed what Niamh O’Neill and Holly White have achieved with their new Niamh X Holly collection.
The sophisticated six-piece edit is made entirely from fabrics that are ethically produced or have a positive impact on the environment; the hardworking wrap tops, €155, for example, are made from organic cotton and NewLife recycled polyester.
The Niamh X Holly capsule collection is available on Arnotts.ie
Four Threads X FAO
The relationship between fashion and millinery has long been a mutually beneficial one, but it was a shared ethos around craftsmanship and sustainability that united fashion designer Alanagh Clegg of Four Threads and milliner Freya Oatway of FAO.
Both produce handmade collections that transcend seasons rather than following trends, they share ideas of thoughtfully produced designs and using quality fabrics and noticing a customer-base that crossed over, it made sense for the young creatives to work together. Bouncing ideas of each other, while sharing their respective processes and styling their pieces together has allowed both brands to succeed.
Lucy Nagle X Vogue
Life in lockdown cemented our love for loungewear and even if we'll be somewhat keen to put on real clothes again in the coming weeks, the tracksuit will remain unrivalled when it comes to prioritising comfort without giving up on style. Colour though is what can elevate loungewear beyond a somewhat shabby sweatsuit and into a considered outfit that can even pass professional muster when well accessorised.
Cashmere designer Lucy Nagle and presenter, DJ and model Vogue Williams have set about bringing some spring pastels to our loungewear via their newest collaboration. Comprising four 100 per cent cotton sweaters, €75 and pants, €75 in shades of grey marl, baby blue, pale pink and lemon, the pieces can be worn together or separately and are in keeping with Vogue's individual and approachable sense of style.
Lucy Nagle X Vogue will launch later this month on Lucynagle.com