In my search for local Irish designers I visited Cow’s Lane Designer Studio and among the colorful jewellery, metal sculptures and furniture made by local artists and designers I found one clothes rail that stood out. Sian Jacobs is a Dublin-based designer specialized in cashmere and silk creations. She works directly with small Nepalese suppliers that use sustainable AZO-free dyes and employ local skilled women offering them a fair income and normal working hours. Part of the profits even go to Foundation Nepal, which is an Irish registered charity that helps women in the Nepali communities to fight their way out of poverty.
So, these silk and cashmere cardigans and tops don’t just look and feel luxurious but the sustainable values behind the creations add an extra appeal to them. I bought a T-shirt in light grey jersey with a pale rose silk back piece and I’m sure I’ll be back for one of those timeless & elegant cardigans in the near future. The sales assistant explained that this particular model was made in New York and would soon be available in black and navy for the autumn-winter.