A range of Irish- made scarves for men called Weaver & Wilde handwoven in Donegal has been launched in various menswear shops around the country. Made from 100 per cent merino, there are four collections. The City comes in pinstripe and multi- stripe designs, while Country features bright contrasting statement blocks and herringbone patterns in shades that reflect the natural colours of the Irish landscape.
The others are the Everyday in grey, navy, burgundy and charcoal pinstripe, and the Formal for more refined wear. All are 30cm wide and come in two lengths, 180cm and 210cm. Prices range from ¤ 50-¤ 60 for standard size and from ¤ 60-¤ 70 for the longer length. Magazine November 3, 2018
Closely associated with the brand is Stacey McNutt, who has ancestral links to the Donegal weaving industry. Her grandfather founded the storied McNutt weavers in Downings 65 years ago. Visit weaverandwilde. com for more information.
Bags of style
A visit to the Tassenmuseum of Bags & Purses in Amsterdam set off a “lightbulb” moment for Galway designer Nicole Jackson, who was struck by 16th- century handbags and chatelaine accessories.
It led to the launch this year of an Irish bags range called QBU, which can be found in the pop- up Irish designer shop Bloss in Dundrum.
There are six clean- lined, quite boxy geometric shaped bags in the range, in black or grey, with nine strap styles in 10 colours from which to choose.
The bags come in vegetable tanned Italian leather and are made by a small company of artisans in Scotland. Each bag lined with Irish linen “comes with its own birth cert” and details of its composition.
This one, called the Rowan, is ¤ 400 and the price includes the strap. qbu. ie