Behind the Linenstitch Seamless Tunic

10th June 2022

Behind the Linenstitch Seamless Tunic
Irish Aran Knitting is traditionally quite heavy, usually 2.5 or 3 gauge or 2 to 3 needle per inch. 12 gauge knitting or 12 needles per inch is rare in this part of the world. 7 years ago, we decided to experiment with 12 gauge because we saw it as an important addition to facilitate layering in our collections. We were also experiencing demand for lighter weight knitwear to suit modern living conditions. read more

Behind the Shirt Jacket

22nd April 2022

Behind the Shirt Jacket
It began with a single photograph, taken in 1918. We have it on the wall in our studio. A father and his daughter, with five young children alongside them. Everything they are wearing was locally hand-made. All the children are in petticoats, as was Island custom, because the tailor didn’t have time to sew trousers for boys until they reached seven or eight. He always made them his standard jacket though; even young lads got one. That tradition was part of Island life, and, in 1992, became the original inspiration for our iconic Shirt Jacket. read more

The Máirtín Beag Galánta Returns in Charcoal

3rd December 2021

The Máirtín Beag Galánta Returns in Charcoal
In July, we launched the Máirtín Beag Galánta, a new version made of a cashmere and Super Geelong merino wool blend. We were not surprised when the special Navy colourway sold out very quickly. Now, for those that missed out, the Máirtín Beag Galánta is back in a new colour, Charcoal, a rich black. read more

Behind the Winter
Relaxed Jacket

19th November 2021

Behind the Winter </br>Relaxed Jacket
With recent fashions in men’s knitwear tending towards more fitted styles, a customer asked us to create a jacket that had a looser, more relaxed fit yet didn’t compromise on shape or detail. So we took the traditional men’s double-breasted blazer and used sophisticated knitwear techniques to adapt it to a more casual “one-and-a-half breasted” style. The result is the Inis Meáin Relaxed Jacket, which we’re sure you’ll love as much as we do! read more

Behind the Reverse Carpenter’s Jacket

22nd October 2021

Behind the Reverse Carpenter’s Jacket
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

Máirtín Beag Galánta A Century of Style

5th August 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

4th August 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