Designer: McConnell Woollen Mills
- Co. Clare
McConnell is an Irish knitwear brand located on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the west coast of Ireland. With a strong focus on heritage and craftsmanship, the collection draws inspiration from time-honoured work-wear pieces. The geansaí for example, is key - and traditional Aran and fisherman rib sweaters are reworked for a contemporary wardrobe.
A strong colour palette is featured in the Autumn Winter MMXX collection, echoing the landscape of the wild, rugged, Irish coast. Both menswear and womenswear share a relaxed and carefree spirit with modern proportions and contemporary detailing. The work-wear sweater epitomises the brands philosophy of updating iconic classics with modern elements and timeless design. Natural yarns and hand finished techniques complete the DNA of the brand.
About McConnell Woollen Mills
McConnell was established at the turn of the century by fashion designer Anne Behan. Growing up on the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland has deeply influenced McConnell. The strong family heritage of knitting ensured that Anne was immersed in the craft as she watched the women of her family instinctively knit Aran sweaters without patterns or guides, having mastered the craft from the previous generations. This experience created in Anne a love of knitwear that continues to inspire her to this day.
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Anne takes her inspiration from the countryside that surrounds her along with the heritage and tradition handed down through generations of her family and also her yearly research into trends and colours. She creates five collections a year which she programs and knits on shima seiki knitting machines. Her dedicated staff hand finish each piece to the highest standards of quality before being packaged to be delivered to the four corners of the world.