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

Sustainable Style

7th April 2022

Sustainable Style
For centuries, Inis Meáin was the least accessible of the three Aran Islands. We were once completely dependent on sea travel, and communication with the mainland was sparse and unpredictable. Responding to the ever-changing weather is natural to daily life here in addition to being a significant influence on our design aesthetic. Traditional characteristics of islanders are self-sufficiency and resourcefulness. We are accustomed to living in a sustainable way and have always been deeply connected to our natural surroundings. 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

Patrick Dempsey Visits Cniotáil Inis Meáin

3rd August 2021

Patrick Dempsey Visits Cniotáil Inis Meáin
It’s a source of great pride to us that our knitwear, created using long-established Island traditions, is so loved by enthusiasts of well-crafted clothing. Recently, Patrick Dempsey got in touch with us. He had discovered Inis Meáin knitwear in Dublin and, impressed and intrigued by our heritage, quality, and commitment to traditional skills, was curious to see how our knitwear is created, and to explore the landscape that inspires us. read more

The Feast of St. Brigid

1st February 2021

The Feast of St. Brigid
Lá ‘le Bríde/St Brigid’s Day is special in Inis Meáin, where rituals from early Christian times and earlier are enacted, commemorating the reawakening of the earth and a new beginning. Young girls visit each house with a Brídeog and recite a prayer and a blessing. Years ago they used to get a gift of eggs which were becoming plentiful again. 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