Introducing Limited Factory Specials

16th April 2021

Introducing Limited Factory Specials
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

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

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

Patric Hollington

31st January 2020

Patric Hollington
Patric Hollington passed away at his home in Paris yesterday. A great friend and customer for more than 40 years. Adieu Patric, ami, collaborateur! Beannacht leat a chara, ar do aistear deirneach , aistear na síoraíochta. read more

Máirín Thomáis Uí Dhomhnaill Cniotálaí & Láimhcheardaí

4th January 2020

Máirín Thomáis Uí Dhomhnaill Cniotálaí & Láimhcheardaí
Duine de mhór-chniotálaithe na hÉireann ar lár, 4 Eanáir 2020 Beannacht Dé lena h-anam dílis! Ba chomhairleoir agus treoraí í don chomhlact seo. Thug sí tuairimí dúinn agus ba mhór againn a cuid tacaíochta i gcónaí. Deineann muid comhbhrón lena clann iníne; Máirín, Anna agus Nóirín agus lena gclann siúd. Aireoidh muid uainn go mór... 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

Cóta Raiftearaí An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

5th September 2018

Cóta Raiftearaí An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar accepting a gift of Cóta Raiftearaí at the official opening of newly independent Coláiste Naomh Eoin, Inis Meáin this week. Inspired by the famed 19th century poet Raftery and his epic poem Seanchas na Sceiche. In it he berates a bush, which he found by the roadside and which failed him in his... read more