The Raftery Coat
Autumn / Winter 2020
Cniotáil Inis Meáin Teo.—Inis Meáin Knitting Co.
Island existence has always required independence, resourcefulness and innovation. Inis Meáin Knitting Company in the Aran Islands was born into this spirit of independence and resourcefulness.
The collections that we design in Inis Meáin are inspired by the traditional dress of the islanders & our environment — with a touch of luxury.
22nd September 2020
Can a garment be art?
“This is so beautiful we’ve been wondering whether to frame it or sell it. Can a garment be art?”
NO MAN WALKS ALONE
20th April 2020
Tom Stubbs X Campaign for Wool
“Inis Meain take bits and pieces of their very culture and weave them into their knitwear” – Tom Stubbs.
7th February 2020
THE 5 WARMEST SWEATERS A STYLISH GUY CAN WEAR RIGHT NOW
Inis Meain is the kind of brand that can’t help but warm your heart—figuratively as well as literally. The company is an Irish manufacturer specializing in handmade Aran sweaters that are “inspired by tradition but not in awe of it,” to quote founder Tarlach de Blácam. Try the Trellis Cable Turtleneck or one of the exclusive Donegal Merino Wool and Cashmere Sweaters, and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with it.
9th January 2020
THE MOST REMOTE LUXURY BRAND IN THE WORLD
“Inis Meáin is one of those brands which is an absolute expert in its field,” says Damien Paul, head of menswear at Matches Fashion. “It creates understated, best-in-class knitwear in muted colours and tones that can work for any man. It’s the sort of product you end up having for years and is far removed from seasonal trends. It’s definitely a brand that chimes with the emerging slower approach to fashion our customers appreciate.”
5th December 2019
LOCAL TRADITION KEPT ALIVE
“We want pilgrims to come here, not tourists,” …. “Customers today don’t just want to try on a garment,” he continues. “They want to know exactly where it’s from, why it’s been made the way it has.” And that’s maybe the most important thing for us to capture in the knitwear—an attitude to life.”
24th September 2019
CHALLENGING KNITWEAR’S MARITIME LEGACY
What keeps any legacy alive is the people who continue to practice it. One venture to preserve and promote Irish knitwear is Inis Meáin, a brand based on the island of the same name, on the west coast of Ireland. While committed to sustaining the manufacturing history of the island, and continuing to learn from the people who represent the history of their craft.
17th September 2019
OVERSIZED SCARVES TO WRAP UP IN
Yet more rustic sensibility is on offer at Inis Meáin. The Aran-based knitwear specialist has taken inspiration from the island’s claíochaí, or stone fences, for a remarkable blanket (€590) and scarf (€220) in a merino wool/cashmere blend. There’s also the Keating wool jacquard blanket (€390) in reversible white and grey, based on a sketch by artist Sean Keating of a currach (boat) being launched out to sea.
10th August 2019
MARTIN HAYES – ON MY CULTURAL RADAR
“I’ll go back to the islands again: The Inis Meáin Knitting Company designs these beautiful sweaters with beautiful colours, which they sell to shops all over the world – all from that little island where they design and make the whole thing themselves. It’s quite incredible. The design of the factory and the materials they use are of the highest level. There’s nothing about it that’s stereotypical, yet it’s of its place, and it’s also completely modern. I came back with a lot of shopping bags, and so did my wife.” – Martin Hayes
4th September 2018
INIS MEÁIN PUTS A MODERN SPIN ON THE TRADITIONAL FISHERMAN’S SWEATER
It’s been said that Irish eyes tend to smile, but check again, and you may see that it’s only the result of a particularly cozy sweater. Or at least that’s likely to be the case if the owner of those happy peepers finds himself swathed in a sweater from Inis Meáin—our current obsession, which is handcrafted on the Emerald Isle. Hailing from the island of the same name (though in English rather than Gaelic, it’s more commonly known as Inishmaan), Inis Meáin harnesses the rich tradition of weaving and knitting found in the Aran Islands, but modernizes it with new techniques and designs.