Máirtín Beag Galánta A Century of Style

9th July 2021

Máirtín Beag Galánta A Century of Style
A century ago, Máire Cáit, a skilled knitter with a wonderful imagination, wanted her fisherman husband Máirtín Beag’s workwear to look as special as his Sunday Best, and began to create her own distinctive design flourishes. Our Limited Edition Máirtín Beag Galánta is inspired by this story. An elegant and understated navy cashmere blend with a gorgeous soft handle, made and hand-finished in in our Aran Islands studio. Launching on July 23rd. read more

Introducing Limited Island Editions

11th June 2021

Introducing Limited Island Editions
Each season, during the development of our collections, we go through a testing process to tease out conceptual ideas, colours and production methods. Not all of these variations end up fitting within the final collection, often leaving us with a number of very unique, garments that don’t reach all or any of our clients. We have decided to make some of these available exclusively through our online store. Each week from today, we will be releasing one of these special garments, in very limited numbers. read more

Limited Edition Claíochaí Sweater

5th May 2020

Limited Edition Claíochaí Sweater
From a very young age islanders learn knitting (Cniotáil) and dry stone walling (Tógáil Claíochaí) from their parents and they become master craftspeople in their teens. The Claíochaí range is inspired by these crafts and attempts to bring a new dimension to a craft that the artist Seán Scully calls ‘Art'. read more

Fisherman’s Sweater

30th April 2020

Fisherman’s Sweater
The tradition of the Aran workwear sweater where island women folk knited sweaters for their fishermen husbands and family is well known. For this collection Inis Meáin challenged Lucy Downes of Sphere One, a modern knit design label, to come up with a new Aran. While the intricate cabling of traditional read more

Tom Stubbs × Inis Meáin

28th April 2020

Tom Stubbs × Inis Meáin
Inis Meáin featured in Tom Stubb’s recent Mood Wall Series for the Campaign for Wool. In it Irish musician Maurice O’ Connor wears our Cashmere and Merino Claíochaí Crew Neck inspired by dry stone walls of the island. The intricate design uses a variety of stitches to emulate wall patterns such as, plated moss stitch, plated moss... read more

The world’s most remote fashion label

22nd March 2019

The world’s most remote fashion label
On a tiny island off the west coast of Ireland, Inis Meáin draws on land– scape and tradition to create clothing beloved from New York to Tokyo. Established in 1976, the Inis Meáin Knitting Company has achieved the remarkable feat of transforming a local cottage industry – and in this case, those words are literal – into... read more

The People Behind the Brand

20th September 2018

The People Behind the Brand
Launching our portrait series on instagram, an introduction to the people behind the brand. Cniotáil Inis Meáin was founded on the island in 1976 by Tarlach de Blacám and Áine Ní Chongaile, inspired by the unique spirit, environment and heritage of the place. When the couple  married in 1973, they were determined to make their... read more

Fisherman’s Sweater

4th September 2017

Fisherman’s Sweater
The tradition of the Aran workwear sweater where island women folk knited sweaters for their fishermen husbands and family is well known. For this collection Inis Meáin challenged Lucy Downes of Sphere One, a modern knit design label, to come up with a new Aran. While the intricate cabling of traditional Aran has been often... read more

How To Spend It – Storm Jacket Feature

21st November 2016

How To Spend It – Storm Jacket Feature
The signature piece of our Autumn/Winter 2016 collection – The Storm Jacket – was recently featured in The Financial Times How to spend it supplement. This piece was inspired by jackets made for island weather, especially the harsh winter storms. A key feature is the extra layer of knit on the shoulders for warmth and protection... read more

INIS MEÁIN × Bonne Gueule

20th October 2016

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the French Fashion Blog Bonne Gueule to launch an exclusive INIS MEÁIN Shawl collar cardigan. This style is crafted in Donegal Yarn and uses the unique Beairtíní stitch. Benoit Wojtenka and Geoffrey Bruyere of Bonne Gueule came to visit Inis Meáin for two days to learn in... read more