If you’re on the lookout for something special for yourself or as a gift, these pieces, from handbags to headbands, are from some of the best Irish-made accessories labels in Ireland
As we take steps towards the busiest summer in years, lots of us are opting to treat ourselves. If you have a summer wedding or occasion coming up, or want to find something special for a loved one’s birthday or big day, today we’re taking a look back at some of the previous winners and runners in the Accessories Category of the Irish Made Awards.
We are thrilled to welcome Blarney Woollen Mills to the Irish Made Awards 2022 as our Accessories Category sponsor. Blarney Woollen Mills are an Irish family business that’s passionate about providing ethically sourced products, designed by Irish makers. Their wool is 100% natural & renewable, with products manufactured in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
Have you got an accessories business based here in Ireland? Be sure to enter the Irish Made Awards now! Deadline is midnight on 31 May 2022. For details on how to enter, see the Awards page, and FAQs here.
Meet the past accessories winners and runners-up of the Irish Made Awards:
Úna Burke: The 2021 winner was Úna Burke, which boasts an incredible collection of leather accessories from bracelets to handbags. With a large international following, her pieces have appeared in film and been worn by leading performers, even Lady Gaga is a fan. Each piece has an average of 25 different production stages and the prices of these accessories range from €50 for a bracelet to €1500 for a handbag.
Aoife Mullane Design: Our 2020 Irish Made Award winner was Aoife Mullane Design, who grew up right by the sea and thanks to nature’s ever changing colours and patterns for the inspiration for her fabric designs. After graduating in printed textiles from NCAD, Aoife now creates a variety of accessories as well as her signature interiors items. Check out the luxury gold crackle velvet scrunchie below.
Aoife Mullane Design, Blush & Gold Luxury Scrunchie (€30)
Aoife Harrison Design: Our 2019 Irish Made Awards winner is Aoife Harrison Design, a Dublin-based milliner who has been creating bespoke hats since 2008. Her eye-catching designs are crafted only from the most sumptuous fabrics, lending her palette of muted earth tones and jewel colours the most opulent of effects. Shop this one-of-a-kind feather hat for your next special occasion.
Aoife Harrison Design, Pink Feather Diamond Hat (€500)
AURA Éire Bridalwear: The 2021 runner-up was AURA Éire Bridalwear, a luxury Irish brand creating modern accessories for the contemporary bride. Each piece is handmade by the designer, using a fabric base then mixed materials such as embroidery, feathers, and beads. The result is a gorgeously unique bridal accessory. Pieces in the collection range from €95 to €700.
Holden Leather Goods: Holden Leather Goods price themselves on their uncompromising commitment to quality and design which earned them an international reputation. The Irish Made Award 2020 runner-up is one of the longest established leather goods brands, celebrating over 30 years of craftsmanship in Dingle. Bring this gorgeous backpack on your next summer outing.
Emily Jean Millinery: Another 2020 Irish Made Award runner-up was the premium headwear Designer, Founder and Creative Director Emily Jean O Byrne. Established in 2007, the business built up a reputation for high end, individual and bespoke designs. Emily has over ten years of experience in hat styling, and guiding clients through every aspect of their appearance for special occasions.
Emily Jean Millinery, headband ‘Alison Dusty Pink (€68)
Stable of Ireland: Stable of Ireland was our 2019 runner-up for The Irish Made Awards. Founded in 2015 by Francis Duff and Sonia Reynolds to present the very best of Irish style and traditions to like-minded people who value quality craft and the time it takes to create something special. Feel snug on summer nights in your garden with this lovely navy wicker blanket.
Stable of Ireland, Irish Linen Towel Wrap (€120)