Sample Sale Alert!!!!

Sample Sale Alert!!!!

It’s that time of year again folks. The Manley studio is full to the brim with our beautiful samples that need a loving home. I’m assuming there’s plenty of you out there that are only dying to give them a loving home, am I right!

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LFW Welcome Party @ The Bloomsbury

The Doyle group have been hugely supportive to ID2015 and their support continued throughout London Fashion Week. As 11 Irish designers descended on London for what was in most cases, their first time showing at LFW, The Doyle Group through a soireé in our honour to celebrate this!

The Bloomsbury Hotel was the location and a totally gorgeous one at that. CEO of the Doyle Collection, Patrick King, gave us the low down on the history of The Bloomsbury and some great stories of past residents who included Seamus Heaney. Bubbles were flowing and excitement was mounting for Unfold kicking off the following day at London Fashion Week.  

Playing Dress up with Xpose!

The lovely folks at Soder & Ko let us run amuck in their amazing outdoor terrace today. Now if I'm to be honest, I would have happily kicked back with dim sum and a cocktail out there, but work duties called!

3 outfits were modelled by the beautiful Emma from Distinct Models while Lisa Cannon got into the nitty gritty about the new Manley AW15 collection.

Fancy seeing what pieces from Manley AW15 has hit the shelves in Arnotts? Well tune into Xpose next week to see!

Manley @ London Fashion Week

We have BIG news! I'm delighted to announce that Manley is one of the eleven chosen designers to showcase our SS16 collection at London Fashion Week this September! This showcase is part of the Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) international programme of events and activities.

The event, titled Unfold, will be presented at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September as an official on-schedule event as part of London Fashion Week. Yup, thats right, we’re ON-SCHEDULE!!!

The ten other designers showcasing alongside Manley are: NATALIEBCOLEMAN, We Are Islanders, Emma Manley, Jill de Burca, Helen Steele, Honor Fitzsimons, Chupi,Maria Dorai Raj, Laura Kinsella, Martha Lynn and Capulet & Montague.

The selection of designers across womenswear, accessories, fine jewellery and millinery were chosen by a judging panel consisting of ID2015Design & Crafts Council of Irelandinternational buyers and key media. They put us through our paces and we we’re one of the lucky 11 chosen from 40 applicants.

We have a month to get Manley SS16 London Fashion Week ready. Wish us luck!

Fabric Sourcing in Milan

Each season starts with ideas, mood boards, doodles and a trip to Milan to see what fabrics are on offer this season. 

Manley @ Dublin Airport

04:30am alarm call, 07:00am flight and I land in Milan by 10:30am having caught up on Cara, Image and Tatler.

Cara Magazine

Its easy to get flustered with all the choice so I make sure to have a clear vision of my colour palette and textures for the season. A fabric warehouse filled to the brim with every fabric you can imagine, a tuna salad and a fabric agent for silks and wool's later and day one was done.

A 2 hour car ride to Bologne and it was time to roam around the city and admire its beautiful architecture and gorge on Italian delights {all gluten and dairy free mind you so not entirely sure how Italian they are!}. A good nights kip and a strange hotel breakie was had and it was off to see a new knitwear factory. Impressed by what I saw and the family that ran it, I’m looking forward to sampling with them for AW15. 

To the airport I go and back to Dublin with a bag full of swatches and a few bottles of wine! 34 hour round trip. Very efficient don’t you think!