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The Thoughtful Shopper: January Edition

This month’s sustainable and homegrown accessory buys.

This month’s sustainable and homegrown accessory buys.

Every Stitch, Considered

Moss & Cable in southwest Donegal was a lockdown project for founder Siobhan McKenna. She ensures that all production takes place locally, by family-owned businesses with skills going back generations, while each garment is made using locally- sourced yarn (100 per cent pure new wool, Merino wool and Merino lambswool, which is new for the season). All styles are unisex too, making this brand feels truly modern. Prices from €165, mossandcable.com

Time Honoured

The journey from 3,000-year old bog oak to crafted timepiece is the story behind Irish circular watch and sunglasses brand Crann. “New fashion pieces don’t have to be made from virgin materials,” says founder Eoin McGuinness. “Anything can be reimagined into something stylish and practical if you really care about this planet we call home.” Watches have a lifetime warranty and due to the unique expression of the bog oak used (reclaimed from sculptures), each design is one-of-a-kind. Portach watch, €209, crann.co

Plan Ahead

New from The Head Plan is the Agenda, an all-in-one organisation and productivity tool to help you achieve goals or blitz through tasks and to-dos. Each vegan leather agenda can be customised with motivating refill packs that set you up for success. Prioritise wellbeing with daily self-care actions, get clarity on personal thoughts and feelings or chart progress towards goals. The Agenda, €60, theheadplan.com

Endless Exploration

Arckit is an innovative modelling kit conceived by Cavan architect Damien Murtagh and made in Wicklow. Dubbed “the new Lego”, it was invented to offer Murtagh’s clients physical models rather than 3D computer drawings and has since found a niche in the toy market. The kits contain zero plastic packaging and come without instructions to encourage users of all ages to think freely and embrace exploration. From €69.95, arckit.com

Sustainable To The Core

In some parts of the fashion industry, ‘vegan leather’ has become a byword for plastic, produced with PVC and polyurethane which aren’t quite eco-friendly alternatives. When footwear label Dear Frances launched its debut vegan collection, the aim was that the collection was not only leather-free but also made in a conscious way. The team spent a long time searching for natural alternatives to leather, materials that felt just as soft and durable, and landed on the fruit waste from apples, which are by-products of the food and drink industry. The vegan collection has been a few years in the making, but boy, was it was worth the wait. Vegan Park boot, €475, Vegan Spirit boot, €545, dearfrances.com

Dress for Joy

‘Meet Me for Coffee’ is the latest collection from FéRí, the slow fashion brand. With vintage-feel dresses, kimonos and jumpsuits in saturated shades and optimistic prints, they are pieces that will bring joy to anyone who wears them, even in the depths of January. All FéRí designs are handmade in small quantities using natural, certified organic fabrics or vintage and repurposed textiles. Grace dress, €314, feri.ie

Design For Good

“Business with a heart” is how social enterprise initiative We Make Good describes what it does. Behind each product (spanning fashion, lifestyle, interiors and furniture) is the story of an individual who has overcome adversity in their life through extraordinary determination. Our particular favourites are the pieces handmade by James Collins and Thomas McDonnell, two of the very few Traveller tinsmiths still working in this country. Brass coal scuttle, €120, wemakegood.ie