Contemporary Womenswear   Island Individuality

4th January 2024

Contemporary Womenswear <span class=gaeilge>  Island Individuality</span>
Go maire tú is go gcaithe tú é… May you live long to wear it… This is the eloquent sentiment traditionally used on the island when gifting a unique piece, woven or knitted especially for the recipient. Clothing has always had an importance beyond warmth on the Aran Islands. Women looked after the dressing of the whole household; spinning, dying, weaving and knitting yarn to design, and make, clothing for all the family. read more

Nollaig Shona Warm Christmas Wishes

21st December 2023

Nollaig Shona Warm Christmas Wishes
Presenting a festive gift of a beautiful traditional Irish tune, Master Crowleys, played by TG4 Young Musician of the Year, Sorcha Costello. It was a significant year for Inis Meáin Knitting Company as founders Tarlach and Áine de Blacam, passed on management to their son Ruairí, and his wife Marie-Thérèse after almost 50 years. We are proud to continue making luxury knitwear in the Aran Islands, helping to sustain a small island community and an important part of Irish culture, through the very appreciated support of many loyal customers and discerning stores around the world. read more

These Sweaters Have a Story to Tell

5th December 2023

These Sweaters Have a Story to Tell
From the intricate designs to the functional details, the knitwear from the shores of the North Atlantic is steeped in history and meaning. Scattered across the frigid waters off Great Britain and Scandinavia and beyond, islands—both big and small, imposing and inviting—are home to an ongoing tradition of crafting distinctive sweaters that can only truly come from one place. read more

100% Cashmere Knit to Order Specials

21st November 2023

100% Cashmere Knit to Order Specials
At Inis Meáin, we have been designing and making high quality knitwear, in the Aran Islands, for almost 50 years. With the aim of making our clients look and feel extraordinary, in the process, we are sustaining an island community, and preserving an important part of Irish history and culture by making it relevant to a modern, worldly audience. read more

RA Architecture Prize 2023 Shane de Blacam

31st October 2023

RA Architecture Prize 2023 Shane de Blacam
This week, Shane de Blacam gives a talk about his life's work in the Royal Academy in London on receipt of the RA Architecture Prize 2023. Exactly 40 years ago, we completed construction of Siopa an Chniotáil, our knitwear store, showroom and yarn store designed by Shane. read more

Autumnal Island Colour Inspiration

30th September 2023

Autumnal Island Colour Inspiration
All of our garments are designed, made, and hand-finished on this small Atlantic island. As a place of great natural beauty and tradition, the simple life here informs every part of our collections. Without distraction, the eye is drawn to small details in nature, and in the work of the island's farmers and fishermen, providing endless inspiration. read more

Seasonal Transition Teacht an bhFómhair

31st August 2023

Seasonal Transition <span class=gaeilge>Teacht an bhFómhair</span>
Until the first daily boat service to Inis Meáin began in the late 1990s, travel to and from Inis Meáin was very difficult, and to this day Inis Meáin remains a remote outpost, where traditions are cherished. A journey to or from the island involves an hour's ferry journey or a 10 seater plane ride to rural Connemara - neither of which makes a daily commute possible. Hence a seasonal movement of people, both to and from the island, as the visitor season ends and the academic year begins read more

Supporting our thriving island community

3rd July 2023

Supporting our thriving island community
The ancient Irish proverb Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine loosely translates as we live in the shelter of our neighbours. Inis Meáin has the smallest population of the three Aran Islands with around 160 inhabitants. With a team of over 20 people, Inis Meáin Knitwear has been the largest employer on the island for almost fifty years. We are fortunate to be part of, and to support, such a strong, resilient community. read more

Celebrating an enduring family heritage

2nd June 2023

Celebrating an enduring family heritage
Knitting has always been a family enterprise on the Aran Islands. Women were skilled knitters who clothed their families and themselves, often coming up with new and inventive patterns which were handed down from one generation to the next. Fishermen wore their wives’ creations; a plain knit for workwear and another, more intricate style, kept as ‘Sunday best’. The de Blacam family have become synonymous with high-quality knitwear around the world since the foundation of the Inis Meáin Knitting Company almost 50 years ago. Tarlach de Blacam and his wife Áine, a native islander, established the company to create employment for the women of the island. They saw the potential for slow, sustainable, high-quality knitwear, with every piece designed to be worn for life. This company has been the main employer on the small island of Inis Meáin ever since. read more

Always one of very few.
Bíonn earraí maithe i mbeairtíní beaga.

18th May 2023

Always one of very few.<br><span>Bíonn earraí maithe i mbeairtíní beaga.</span>
All our garments are made on this small Atlantic island, so it’s a source of great pride to us that Inis Meáin knitwear has become internationally renowned over the last four decades. From the early days, our founder Tarlach de Blacam travelled the world with Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer collections, meeting buyers from some of the most prestigious boutiques and department stores, establishing Inis Meáin’s reputation as a unique brand of exceptional quality. read more