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Fashion

CREATE 2022

Back again for its twelfth year running, CREATE 2022 celebrates Ireland’s most exciting and talented designers. Here, we sit down with all 27 to learn more about them.

For such a small country, Ireland boasts a wealth of creative and talented designers. That’s why, for the past twelve years, Brown Thomas has proudly celebrated the best and brightest of emerging Irish designers in its annual fashion exhibition, CREATE.

Over the course of the next six weeks, CREATE will showcase the extraordinary work of 27 emerging designers. From ready-to-wear and handbags to jewellery, hats and ceramics, this year’s installation shines a spotlight on the extraordinary mix of unique and diverse design talent in Ireland. The brainchild of Brown Thomas Fashion Buying Director, Shelly Corkery, CREATE has become one of the most exciting nights on the Irish Fashion calendar with this year being no exception.

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We are thrilled to unveil this year’s line-up of innovative designers and to welcome a host of thriving talent to showcase their remarkable work. It has been inspiring to see the breadth of flourishing designers in Irish fashion and we’re delighted to support with vital retail space to grow their business further.

Shelly Corkery, Fashion Buying Director.

With designs from buzzed-about designers Katie Ann McGuigan, who counts Phoebe Waller-Bridge amongst her clientele and Sorcha O’Raghallaigh whose dreamlike couture has been worn by everyone from Beyoncé to Kate Moss, this year’s CREATE exhibition is not to be missed.

Visit in-store from Tuesday, July 5 to August 15 exclusively on Level 2 at Brown Thomas Grafton Street.

To read more about this year's designers, click their names below..

SORCHA O 'RAGHALLAIGH

Having had her designs worn by Beyoncé, Madonna and Kate Moss to name but a few, Sorcha O’Raghallaigh is a name to watch out for. Blurring the lines between fashion and art, Sorcha’s designs are as intricate as they are special. Making a highly-anticipated return to CREATE this year, you can expect an outstanding collection of unique, bespoke creations across ready-to-wear, bags and jewellery.

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We talked to the designer to find out more...

Today I 'm wearing… our newest jewellery stacked with simple jeans and a T-shirt. They brighten up any outfit and my week!

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my feather bandeau tops. You can dress them up with a skirt or tone it down with jeans, it's my go-to when I want to feel confident.

The person whose style I most admire is… my mum. She's always had amazing style and puts things together in a unique way.

I want my brand to be remembered for… making my clients feel their best.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Rihanna. She's so iconic in every way!

I can't leave the house without… my sunglasses.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… the people.

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frkl

Angela Scanlon is a name that needs no introduction but her new customisable jewellery collection, frkl is certainly worth putting on your radar. A fun-loving jewellery brand set out to celebrate life’s so-called ‘imperfections’, the collection is made up of demi-fine, unique, keep-forever pieces that can be layered, mix and matched or worn solo as a chic statement.

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Today I’m wearing…classic blue jeans, a tie-dye sweatshirt from Love Charlotte (a Dublin brand I adore) and a bed head. Oh and jewellery, I never take it off.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is…my satin Birkenstocks. They're from a collaboration a few years back with 'Il Dolce Far Niente' and they signal summer.

The person whose style I most admire is…I love an Olsen twin. I have to mine the internet for old pictures as they've essentially gone into hiding but that wild mix of vintage chic and high end hobo is quite heady and aspirational.

I want my brand to be remembered for…being inclusive, expressive, JOYFUL.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be…Lizzo!

I can't leave the house without...my gold hoops, ideally dripping with mismatched frkl charms!

My favourite thing about Ireland is...the unspoken. Irish people are dazzlingly brilliant at saying everything and nothing. I used to find it confusing but it is a joyful dance, understanding and connection needs to be earned, it's never gifted.

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KINDRED OF IRELAND

Founded by Amy Anderson, Kindred of Ireland breathes new life into the tradition of Irish linen by creating timeless pieces with a contemporary edge. Following in the footsteps of her grandparents who both worked in linen mills, Amy values family above all else when it comes to creating her collections by collaborating with family-run linen mills across the country.

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Today I’ m wearing… A longline white skirt, our 'Freya' blouse in black and leather cage sandals.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… My quilted 'Cloud Coat'. It’s the first coat I ever made and it was a labour of love. It’s easy to throw on and feels fun to wear.

The person whose style I most admire is… The Olsen twins. I love how they have fun with more 'serious' pieces by playing with volume and proportion. How they accessorise is always a little unexpected and adds a bohemian/vintage element that gives their signature clean lines an interesting contrast.

I want my brand to be remembered for… A connection to something deeper. I strive to create pieces that make you feel really good about yourself. I would also love for my brand to be remembered for reviving skills and traditions that have been passed down through the years here in Ireland.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

I can 't leave the house without… A gold necklace with my two little boys’ initials.

My favourite thing about Ireland is... The richness of our heritage and skill that has been passed down through the years. This is one of my biggest sources of inspiration for Kindred of Ireland. And of course, the hospitality.

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ÉADACH BY SARA O’NEILL

Following her hugely successful years as a CREATE designer, Éadach by Sara O’Neill returns with a stunning collection inspired by Belfast’s 1930s Art Deco architecture and textile history, crafting a story which pays homage to the Belfast ‘Millies’, the incredibly skilled women who worked in the linen mills of Ulster. She has developed this story into a print, which features on silk scarves, dresses and kimonos trimmed with Irish linen.

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Today I’m wearing...a black silk slip dress, an Éadach silk kimono (pink Róisín Dubh), a huge grey cardigan my mum knitted and Birkenstocks.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is…my hand-painted leather jacket.

The person whose style I most admire is…it’s more than one person, it’s my customers. I just love seeing how they wear, style and move in my designs. It’s so inspiring. I never get tired of seeing people out and about in Éadach, either in real life or when I’m scrolling on social media.

I want my brand to be remembered for…stories. Both the stories I tell through my prints and the stories that unfold when people are wearing my garments, that will forever be woven into the fabric.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be...Stevie Nicks.

I can't leave the house without...an Éadach scarf!

My favourite thing about Ireland is…the people, the landscape and the stories.

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CAOIMHE MURPHY

Fun, feminine and timeless are three words that best describe Caoimhe Murphy’s designs. Showcasing her designs for the first time at CREATE this year, expect a collection rich in texture, volume and craftsmanship. Each piece on display was handmade in Dublin and is created using sustainable materials such as GOTS organic cotton and organic silk.

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Today I’m wearing… It's a practical look today! I'm in my favourite jeans, an organic cotton T-shirt and Birkenstocks. I'm also road-testing a silk scarf sample from my new collection; there are so many ways to wear it, today it's keeping my hair in order!

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… a pair of Miu Miu shoes I bought myself for my graduation. They have since taken me on lots of adventures and will always be so special to me!

The person whose style I most admire is… Jenny Walton. I relate to her because she approaches dressing according to her mood. She doesn't live by a uniform and is so creative in putting together her ensembles, showing that you can create infinite combinations with what's already in your wardrobe.

I want my brand to be remembered for… bringing joy into women's wardrobes.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… someone like Blake Lively or Gwyneth Paltrow. I love how Paltrow is so unapologetically herself, and I think she has beautiful taste. Closer to home, I would love to see Róisín Murphy in my designs, I just love her attitude and daring style

I can't leave the house without...wearing a cloud of my favourite perfume, Marc Jacobs Daisy. I first bought a bottle when my mother took me on a trip to Paris for my birthday, so it will always remind me of the fun memories we made there. I love how a scent can instantly take you back in time to a special memory or feeling.

My favourite thing about Ireland is...after the people, it has to be the landscape and how relatively close everything is. I love that I can choose to go hiking to take in a view of the city, or in a short drive be at the sea. I always feel at peace when I'm looking out at the horizon, especially at sunset.

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RASHHIIID

Designed by Rachel Maguire, Rashhiiid specialises in luxurious, statement-making faux-fur hats. Inspired by her love of self-expression, Rachel’s designs aim to bring confidence to anyone who wears them. Just look to famed wearers of Rashhiiid Ariana Grande, Rosalía and Vanessa Hudgens for proof. Making an exciting debut to CREATE this year, Rashhiiid will showcase her designs in ten new colourways.

We talked to the designer to find out more...

Today I’m wearing… a very crazy-looking prototype of a cowboy hat I'm trialling, paired with my pyjamas - it's still morning time, I swear!

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… a tight black velvet full-length skirt that I found after hours of vintage shopping in Paris. I was determined to find something new to wear out that night and it feels like I haven't taken it off since. It makes any simple top look glamorous.

The person whose style I most admire is… people who are not necessarily led by current trends, people who wear whatever they are drawn to. It's amazing to see people embrace their own individuality and wear it with confidence. I believe confidence is the key to pulling anything off.

I want my brand to be remembered for… my end goal is to have a positive impact on each wearer without negatively impacting the environment, and remaining handmade in Ireland.

If I could have anyone wear my designs who would it be… Rihanna. Growing up, watching what she wore and how she wore it was formative for my approach to personal style. She also refuses to be put into a box, dressing according to her mood at that time. I emulated that.

I can't leave the house without... feeling good about what I'm wearing. For me, putting time and thought into my outfit every morning has the ability to transform a bad day.

My favourite thing about Ireland is... that if you walk down any street, you are bound to bump into someone you know. Don't get me wrong, some days it can be a bad thing and I'm hiding under my hat - but usually, human connection is good for the soul.

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KATIE ANN MCGUIGAN

Fun geometric patterns and contemporary graphic prints are what Katie Ann McGuigan does best. Having worked in London at McQ by Alexander McQueen and in New York with Marc Jacobs, Katie Ann has gone on to win some of fashion’s most prestigious awards. Returning to CREATE for her third year, her collection is underpinned by bold prints across feminine dresses, matching co-ords and beautiful knits.

We talked to the designer to find out more...

Today I’m wearing… an older season Katie Ann McGuigan knit jumper, Acne Studios denim and a pair of comfy trainers.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my Katie Ann McGuigan Kingston Cardigan from the newest collection.

The person whose style I most admire is… my grandmother, she always took pride in her appearance.

I want my brand to be remembered for… bold prints to live in.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… anyone who feels empowered, lifted and confident in them.

I can't leave the house without... My little old Céline card holder.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… my family's atelier where I grew up and the nature at our doorstep.

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CLARE O’CONNOR

Drawing inspiration from her vibrant energetic paintings, Clare O’Connor’s designs are creative, colorful and vibrant. Having focused her collection solely on silk and cashmere scarves, for this year’s CREATE, Clare is expanding her collection to introduce dresses and tops made with only the finest natural materials. Season-less and collectable, Clare O’Connor’s designs are essentially pieces of art that you can wear.

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Today I’m wearing… a shift dress and leggings.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… one of my silk scarves.

The person whose style I most admire is… Laura Whitmore or Dawn O'Porter. They both love wearing dresses which I love and they have a daring sense of colour. Neither are afraid to wear whacky vibrant designs.

I want my brand to be remembered for… my uplifting energetic designs and the guaranteed luxury experience of my products.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Joanna Lumley or Helena Bonham Carter.

I can't leave the house without… one of my tote bags as you can fit everything in it.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… the food! The quality is amazing and the diversity. I’ve travelled a lot and lived in different places and you really can’t beat Ireland on quality, animal welfare and taste.

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LANDA

As a busy working mum of two, LANDA founder, Silvana Landa found herself frustrated by the need to juggle several bags at once. Thus leading her to design spacious yet stylish bags for the everyday woman. Created with a quality, design and functionality in mind, each bag is produced responsibly in small family-run factories using carefully sourced, high quality materials.

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Today I’m wearing… a white casual dress (bought at a market in Formentera) as the sun is shining and I love Mediterranean brands.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… a top from Johanna Ortiz.

The person whose style I most admire is… Lauren Santo Domingo. I adore how she is always so effortlessly chic and elegant.

I want my brand to be remembered… as the best purchase you ever made. The one bag that you have not stopped wearing because it is so functional and well made.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Olivia Palermo. She makes any piece look amazing and her street style is always so on point.

I can't leave the house without… a good pair of sunglasses. I am half Italian/half Argentinean and sunglasses are key. I buy at least one new pair every season.

My favourite thing about Ireland is...the vibrancy of Dublin. There is always so much happening and the energy is contagious!

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CAROLINE DUFFY

As a textile designer orignally, Caroline Duffy turned to painting as a source of comfort during the first lockdown. Her bright, colorful floral paintings proved immensely popular when she posted images of them on social media and she soon found herself taking orders for paintings and prints. Since then, she’s turned her original paintings into a collection of luxury silk scarf and throws.

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Today I’m wearing… pink overalls, as I’m here in my art studio painting a large floral canvas.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my Grandmother’s knit cardigan paired with a silk collar from Feri.

The person whose style I most admire is… Florence Welch, the powerful singer from Florence and the Machine. She channels her bohemian sound into her style. Her wardrobe is full of florals, romantic soft pink and blush maxi dresses, and textured blazers. With all this drama, she keeps it looking elegant, playful and feminine.

I want my brand to be remembered for… being creative, mindful, energetic, colourful and kind. A brand that brings a community together, enriching their lives through art, design and creativity.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Florence Welch, Sarah Jessica Parker and Harry Styles.

I can't leave the house without...my phone wallet by Irish designer Aoife.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… our sense of community and togetherness, coupled with amazing mountains, beaches and gardens.

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URBAN ARAN

Inspired by urban art found on the streets in her hometown of County Waterford, Urban Aran founder, Christine Murphy creates knitwear that’s designed to stand out. With distinctive designs, vibrant colour palettes and the use of ethically sourced natural fibres, Urban Aran is the definition of dopamine dressing. Bringing two worlds together, the traditional technique of Aran stitching meets modern-day silhouettes.

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Today I’m wearing… High waisted jeans, Urban Aran lilac cardigan with pockets and our neon lime cable knit vest.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… our brick cardigan in lilac and neon lime.

The person whose style I most admire is… JW Anderson. I think he has done amazing transformations for men's fashion. I am a big fan of his work, especially in knitwear.

I want my brand to be remembered for… sophisticated, bold, colourful but considered luxury knitwear using ethically sourced natural fibres.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Cate Blanchett and Harry Styles.

I can't leave the house without...I'm a jeans girl and my knits need great high waisted jeans!

My favourite thing about Ireland is...our unwavering creative spirit through all mediums including music, craic, personality, hospitality and family connections.

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IRELAND’S EYE KNITWEAR

Family-owned Ireland’s Eye Knitwear is a name you’re likely to be familiar with. Having started in 1987 in the garage of Jim O’Sullivan’s family home, Ireland’s Eye has become a leading brand in Irish knitwear. Now operated by his sons Paul and Brendan O’Sullivan, Ireland’s Eye has created an exclusive collection designed by Maria-Christina McPadden for this year’s CREATE.

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Today I’m wearing… jeans, converse and a blue silk elephant shirt

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my granny’s pyjamas and an Aran sweater I bought in a charity shop my friend was working in. It’s since shrunken but I love it and still wear it.

The person whose style I most admire is… Iris Apfel. Her boldness and creativity, her approach to life and dress: she truly lives by her own rules.

I want my designs to be remembered for… their quality, timelessness and comfort.

If I could have anyone wear my designs, it would be… Iris Apfel.

I can't leave the house without… my coat and my water flask!

My favourite thing about Ireland is… the people and Irish sense of humour.

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GABRIELLE MALONE

Following the success of her CREATE debut last year, Gabrielle Malone returns with a new collection of luxury knitwear. Titled ‘Reclaim’, her latest collection is inspired by the abandoned cottages, farmhouses and ship graveyard near her family home in Donegal. Expect knitted criss-cross patterns, a colour palette of slate blues, ivory and mossy greens and impeccable craftsmanship and technique.

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Today I'm wearing... my Daily Mohair sweater! It's lightweight and great for layering.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is... a coat I made in my final year of college. It's made from linen and is coated with a very thin layer of plastic and also has huge pockets. I've never actually worn it out - but it's my favourite for sentimental reasons.

The person whose style I most admire is... Phoebe Philo. I love how she made the everyday wardrobe luxurious. Her style seems to be a mix of elegance and casualness which I find interesting. Also, her pieces are clearly designed for women by a woman and I love that.

I want my brand to be remembered for... the quality and design of my garments. That I can create pieces that are of the best quality and will look timeless for years to come.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be... Zendaya. I really love how playful and creative she and her stylist, Law Roach are with fashion. I'd love to see how they would style my pieces.

I can't leave the house without... gold jewellery. I have lots of dainty gold pieces that I've collected over the years and love to stack them, it really brings an outfit together.

My favourite thing about Ireland is... the scenery. Hands down.

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BEGLEY & BOWIE

From artists and playwrights to locations and whimsical phrases, Begley & Bowie is best described as a love letter to Ireland. With sustainability at the core of everything they do, founder Doireann Healy screen prints each design on Munken fine art papers from one of the most environmentally friendly paper mills in the world and all of the clothing is 85% organic cotton and 15% polyester made from recycled palstic.

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Today I’m wearing… one of my screen printed organic cotton sweatshirts from my new bespoke collection for CREATE.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my new Dublin print. It is based on a cultural map of Dublin and as the city is so interesting, I had great difficulty narrowing the featured choices down. I designed the printed sweatshirts and t-shirts in the form of a festival tee so they are brimming with illustrations and colour.

The person whose style I most admire is… Julia Sarr Jamois. I love how she contrasts colours and has fun with clothes whilst always looking chic.

I want my brand to be remembered for… its artistic sense of fun and as I have designed prints of much-loved places here in Ireland, I hope they evoke joyful memories for my customers and that they are kept as wonderful mementoes.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Kate Moss.

I can’t leave the house without… sunglasses in the summer.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… its rich culture and the ever-changing but stunning colours of the landscape.

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TO DYE FOR BY JOHANNA

When Johanna Dooley first began dying loungewear at home in her bathtub, she never imagined the popularity and success that was to come from her designs. After debuting at CREATE last year, ToDyeFor by Johanna returns with a gorgeous new leisurewear collection that invokes a sense of joy with bursts of colour. Whether a sweatshirt, tee or shorts, each piece is designed with a better future in mind.

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Today I'm wearing...my moonbeams graphic tee, baggy jeans and Nike trainers.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is…a rainbow cardigan from h2oFagerholt. I hunted it down for so long and finally found it; I love knowing that it had a life before it reached my wardrobe!

The person whose style I most admire is…Emili Sindlev. I just adore her playful way of getting dressed.

I want my brand to be remembered for…the little details, they matter the most.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be…Leonie Hanne.

I can't leave the house without...my smiley earrings from GABSLUK.

My favourite thing about Ireland is...the people!

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REBECCA MCCABE

As this year’s winner of the prestigious Brown Thomas Designer to Watch Bursary Award 2022, Rebecca McCabe impressed Brown Thomas Fashion Director Shelly Corkery with her collection ‘Pookie’. Inspired by how society’s relationship with clothing changed following the pandemic, Rebbeca marries sportswear with more formal silhouettes to create a collection that is truly unique. Expect colourful, experimental and curious designs that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe.

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Today I’m wearing… a tank top I made from leftover printed net fabric from my collection, a black ankle-length skirt from a charity shop, Dr. Marten sandals, a leather jacket and some jewellery.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my mam's real leather jacket from the 90s.

The person whose style I most admire is… Dua Lipa. She always introduces colour so cleverly into her looks and styles unusual pieces together, which I love.

I want my brand/designs to be remembered for… quality-made, comfortable clothing that can be styled both casually and formally.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… although I design womenswear, I would love A$AP Rocky to wear my designs - his style is so effortless and fun.

I can't leave the house without… my rings, my hands always feel naked without them.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… The scenery. I am always so taken aback by how beautiful this island is, particularly the West coast.

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BARBARA BENNETT

Returning to CREATE after her successful debut last year is Barbara Bennett. While her previous collection comprised of Barbara’s original customised designs hand-painted onto trainers, this year she’s chosen the medium of loafers to showcase her colourful prints and floral motifs. Each pair is bespoke and painted using water-based and non-toxic paints so to not harm the environment.

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Today I’m wearing… some comfy sweats which are absolutely destroyed with paint!

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my green floral print Stine Goya Jacket which also happens to be hand painted. I absolutely adore it and get so much wear out of it.

The person whose style I most admire is… Marianne Theodorsen. She is the coolest, most colourful lady you will ever come across. Her Instagram is a rainbow-hued, confectionary delight. I would kill for her wardrobe!

I want my brand to be remembered for… its fun, colourful, unique prints.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Miley Cyrus. I think she has such a funky sense of style and would definitely rock a pair of my loafers.

I can't leave the house without… my red lippy, a cool cap and of course, a pair of my shoes.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… the weather! But I really enjoy the colder months so much - I love layering, wearing a big cosy hat and a funky printed jacket.

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PEELO

Founded by Julie Peelo, the collection comprises of bold cross-body bags and vibrant totes made using the finest premium materials. Having spent over 20 years working as an accessory designer for some of the biggest names in fashion such as Marni, John Galliano and Diane Von Furstenberg, Julie’s designs come with knowledge, expertise and of course, style.

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Today I’m wearing… jeans, a stripey tee and my new Leather Mini Tote in Yellow to carry all my essentials when out and about.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my Marni jewellery collection, special memories from when I worked and designed for them.

The person whose style I most admire is… Saoirse Ronan. I think she always looks effortlessly cool and stays herself at the same time.

I want my brand to be remembered for… being practical by supporting women’s real day to day needs - but also for being fun and optimistic

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Charlize Theron, a busy working mum.

I can't leave the house without...my Apple ear buds for listening to music and podcasts and also for taking calls while on the move.

My favourite thing about Ireland is... Kerry. It holds a special place in my heart, we visit and stay in Sneem and Valentia every year for our holidays. I love everything about it from the beaches to the food, the fresh air and the people.

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TIDINGS

Print driven, luxurious and considered are three words best used to describe Tidings. Designed by Niamh Gillespie, Tidings presents a beautiful new collection of hand-painted scarves. Having worked for fashion brands such as Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen, Niamh’s solo work delivers craftsmanship and expertise. Through her designs, Niamh tells stories with silk by featuring statements of positivity and dreamy optimism.

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Today I’m wearing… a printed pink and brown check Rixo skirt, a black top and Birkenstocks. Also a necklace from my friend Andrea Mears and earrings from my other friend Becca Jewellery.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… (this is difficult to decide as I have two special pieces!) My 1970's printed Lanvin silk shirt which I bought in a designer vintage store years ago. Also my vintage lace wedding dress accessorised with a green silk belt, green and gold Manola Blanhik shoes and family heirloom emeralds.

The person whose style I most admire is… Iris Apfel and her love of accessories. I recently watched a documentary on her and love her unique, daring, standout style. She has always been incredibly true to herself regardless of trends or public opinion. Would love to see her wear a Tidings scarf!

I want my brand to be remembered for… timeless, striking prints and colour and quality design.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Harry Styles. I love his flamboyant sense of style. Mixing prints and colours in a cool, contemporary way.

I can't leave the house without… my friend Becca's Jewellery. I always feel naked without it and of course accessorised with a Tidings silk scarf! A perfect match.

My favourite thing about Ireland is.. Ireland's heritage and natural beauty will always influence my work. From beaches to farmland, green grass to city, there is so much to draw from. I feel so lucky to be part of so many supportive networks and friends too who always raise me up and are the driving force behind Tidings.

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NICKI HOYNE

As a lover of colour and prints, Nicki Hoyne found that when shopping sustainably, conscious brands were muted and minimal. Thus leading her to bring a welcome pop of colour to sustainable fashion. Returning to CREATE this year, Nicki Hoyne has expanded her footwear collection to include new colourways of her best-selling Tassel Flats as well as an exciting new addition: the Mary Jane Mule.

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Today I’m wearing… a white shirt, denim shorts and my new leopard print mules.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my tassel flats, they go with everything.

The person whose style I admire most is… Olivia Palermo. She is classic but with her own edge.

I want my brand to be remembered for… its longevity. Buy well, buy less.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Olivia Palermo.

I can't leave the house without…a pop of colour. Make it a shoe, bag, red lip or cool earring.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… that fresh early morning scent in the air, when the sun is coming up, everything is calm and it's going to be a sunny day.

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AOIFE LIFESTYLE

A trailblazer in circular fashion, Aoife Lifestyle founder, Aoife Rooney designs stylishly chic bags made from eco-friendly fabrics, some repurposed from ghost fishing nets or synthesised from plant materials. Inspired by Ireland’s landscapes, the collection embraces the colours of nature, favouring organic hues from the lush patinas of spring to the russet and peaty colours of autumn.

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Today I'm wearing… Cleo Prickett, most of my clothes are handcrafted by Irish designers. I like a nice pair of palazzo pants, high waisted with a comfortable vintage shirt, as I am always on the go.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my Gallery Phone Wallet; it is a super minimalistic, versatile and lightweight accessory piece that goes everywhere with me!

The person whose style I most admire is… I honestly don't have one muse! I like style icons that break the boundaries and think outside the box, like Katherine Hepburn. I loved her style and how she contributed to making trousers fashionable and acceptable for women.

I want my brand to be remembered for… their quality and unique designs and, importantly, the restorative work we are doing for the environment. We are cleaning the ocean one bag at a time!

If I could have anyone wear my designs, it would be… everyone. One day recently, I noticed this well-dressed lady. I saw a small familiar bag flanked alongside her coat, and I soon realised it was mine. I enjoy designing functional accessories everyone can enjoy that will make their day easier and, at the same time, elevate their style.

I can't leave the house without...keys! Joking aside…my glasses! It has got to be my Gallery phone wallet again. It holds everything I need for a short day to day trip.

My favourite thing about Ireland is... Níl a tinteán mar do thinteán féin, mar a déarfá! there is no place like home! A decade ago, I decided to learn Irish to feel more connected to my roots; I wanted to give it another go as I didn't enjoy learning Irish in school, but the second time around was a blessing.

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MELISSA CURRY

With a love for colour and the finer things in life, Melissa Curry’s unique and joyful jewellery line has been worn by a host of famous faces from Ru Paul and Michelle Visage to Michelle Obama and members of the royal family. Her ‘Fleurs’ collection which will be showcased at CREATE celebrates a feminine spirit with a Parisian flair.

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Today I’m wearing… a relaxed black cotton mid-length dress with embroidered puff sleeves. Over this I’m wearing an Adidas bomber jacket in blush pink. I have tied a colourful scarf in African print around my head with a side bow, and added some of my summer twist neckpieces.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… a Comme de Garcons long black coat that I purchased in Paris at a press sale before I returned to Ireland.

The person whose style I admire most is… I love Dolly (@brokedirtyblonde) who has a fabulous and fun-loving spirit. She wears fabulous statement pieces that are loud and full of personality. She enjoys sharing happy and upbeat vibes, mixing beautiful couture vintage with modern and colourful silhouettes, and fabulous accessories which I love.

I want my brand to be remembered for… spreading joy.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Iris Apfel.

I can't leave the house without...my red lipstick.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… our people and our incredibly rich imagination.

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GABSLUK

Making an exciting debut to CREATE this year is GABSLUK. Founded by Gabrielle Luksaite, GABSLUK brings a collection of fun, statement jewellery that is designed to withstand seasons and trends. Hand-made in Dublin, GABSLUK only make limited quantities of their designs to not only uphold a sustainable brand ethos but to give its customer a piece that is special to them.

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Today I’ m wearing… a Sleeper linen dress (my staple summer piece), trainers and lots of GABSLUK jewellery as always!

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my beaded STAUD bag as it always reminds me of my passion for creating beaded jewellery (and my vintage blazers).

The person whose style I most admire is… Emili Sindlev, Matilda Djerf and my boyfriend Stephen.

I want my brand to be remembered for… being inclusive and bringing lots of joy to someone's day.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Harry Styles and Peggy Gou.

I can't leave the house without… my jewellery (mix and match earrings always) and a fun bag.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… all of the creative people that I’ve had the chance to connect with since creating GABSLUK.

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FIORSÓ

In pursuit of a lifelong dream, Sara Ross gave up her career as an international lawyer to design and create her own jewellery brand, FiorSó. Pronounced“ fee - er - so”, the name FiorSó is a modern fusion of the Irish words 'Fior' meaning ‘real/true’ and 'Só' meaning 'luxury’ which perfectly sums up Sara’s designs. Expect vibrant, joyful gold-and-silver-tone pieces paired with colourful enamelling and pearls.

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Today I’ m wearing… a lovely vintage coat, comfy jeans, black pumps and my own FiorSó jewellery.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my silk Art Nouveau - style kimono dressing gown.

The person whose style I most admire is… Coco Chanel.

I want my brand / designs to be remembered for… beautiful designs with a hint of nostalgia.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Lady Gaga.

I can 't leave the house without... my cherry blossom earrings from our Reverie Collection!

My favourite thing about Ireland is... the rain… only joking! The ability not to take life too seriously.

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SIADBH

Having been drawn to and benefited from wearing and connecting with crystals for years, Siadbh Duffy created her eponymous jewellery line out of a desire to share this experience with others. What first started out as a crystal amulet wrapped in a guitar string has developed into a beautiful collection handcrafted in Kilkenny with 9ct solid gold materials and each crystal is ethically sourced from India.

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Today I’ m wearing… cream trousers, a black puff sleeved Aoife McNamara top, Black Tourmaline and Carnelian Amulets.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… (apart from my Amulets), I would say my Penny Lane inspired coat from the Australian brand 'Spell'. I bought it second-hand from an artist and it brings me so much joy.

The person whose style I most admire is… Roz Purcell. Her style is authentic, colourful and unique.

I want my brand to be remembered for… having a positive impact on peoples’ lives and creating a movement of people wearing crystals once again.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Roz Purcell (again!)

I can 't leave the house without wearing… a Crystal Amulet.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… the beautiful land from the oceans to mountains and forests, Ireland has it all.

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BLÁITHÍN ENNIS

Having recently shown at London Fashion Week in collaboration with designer Paul Costelloe, Bláithín Ennis is returning to CREATE to showcase her latest designs. Every piece is entirely made by hand and inspired by her natural surroundings in coastal Ireland. Using whimsical shell mesh as her primary aesthetic, combined with mixtures of robust metals and sparkling crystals, Bláithín’s pieces are strikingly unique.

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Today I’ m wearing… my Lucy Nagle x Vogue Williams sportswear jumper and bottoms. Casual & comfy, with a touch of glam!

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my Diane Von Furstenberg metallic Stephanie Knit bag. I worked at her studio in New York and it was their parting gift to me. One of my most treasured possessions.

The person whose style I most admire is… Rihanna. Although I don’t adore all her fashion choices, I love how she dresses for herself and constantly changes the narrative of fashion with her individual expression.

I want my brand to be remembered for… being fashion-forward and timeless.

If I could have anyone wear my designs it would be… Michelle Obama. I love her and like her classy yet strong, feminine style. I greatly admire her qualities as a person, so she is my number one.

I can 't leave the house without... wearing other Irish jewellery designers. When I leave the house, I’m always wearing my Chupi citrine ring and my gorgeous gold Eric McGuire ‘follow you star’ ring! Two great Irish designers.

My favourite thing about Ireland is... that it's bursting with indigenous creativity and talent, and it's full of personality. I have been so fortunate to meet many people in my own design endeavours over the years. Cooks, writers, actors, models, incredible craftspeople, all possessing that wonderful Irish sense of humour and humility.

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CIARA O’NEILL

Having recently lived in Australia for eight years, Ciara O’Neill became inspired by the vibrant colour patterns of the country’s ever-changing landscape. It was also in Australia where she found her passion for resin art and the liberties it allowed her to reach as an artist. Now back home in the West of Ireland, Ciara has turned her hand to ceramics made in her signature abstract prints.

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Today I'm wearing… my trusty white and neon yellow Nike blaze runners, straight-leg blue jeans, my Grey and Ginger sweater, my frkl necklace and Jo Malone peony and blush suede perfume.

My favourite item in my wardrobe is… my Ganni orange leopard print dress that I wore to the Brown Thomas Dundrum launch because it reminds me so much of such an amazing time.

The person whose style I most admire is… Gwen Stefani. I love how she's so different to everyone with her unique fashion choices. I even love how she's styled her home, it really reflects her taste in fashion.

I want my designs to be remembered for… bringing a bit of quirkiness and joy into people's lives. I obviously love lots of colour and I want my work to bring that element of something different into a home.

If I could have anyone own my designs it would be… someone who loves having a pop of colour in their home. It's amazing what a bit of colour can do in a room to bring a sense of fun and happiness.

I can't leave the house without… my Vizsla. Rio is my dog who just loves company. Vizslas are nicknamed velcro dogs because they basically stick to their humans. He's such a happy dog and when he's not asleep all he wants is attention and playtime.

My favourite thing about Ireland is… my family and friends. They have been such a huge support to me since I moved home from Australia and started my business. You can't beat the sunny days and blue skies either when they come around because there are so many amazing spots to visit and explore here like dogs bay in Roundstone or the diamond in Connemara.

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