Arnotts 'Meet The Designer' Event

Arnotts 'Meet The Designer' Event

There’s nothing I love doing more than meeting Manley customers. I’m often bound to my desk in the studio and don’t get the opportunity to have face to face time with them. When Arnotts asked me to come in store for a ‘Meet the Designer’ event, I jumped at the chance. From 11am - 5pm I got to talk through Manley AW15 with Arnotts shoppers. Some people we’re massive Manley fans, others had heard of Manley and some had never heard about us at all. Everyone went away knowing that bit more about Manley, what we do and why we’re a deadly Irish Brand.

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CIFD Press Day

It’s that time of year again! Time for all members of the CIFD to get together and show the press what we’re made of!

The venue was the stunning Peter Mark training academy on South William Street. The vue is to die for as were the delish breakie laid on for those attending. The star of the show of course were the AWE15 collections! 

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 on the front cover of Stellar!

I like buying Stellar mag, but I LOVE buying Stellar when the front cover is Pippa O‘Connor wearing Manley! Yup, thats right, slap bang on the front cover this month is the gorgeous Pippa wearing our Manley AW15 Carly dress.

It’s bright, it’s made of leather, it’s embellished and it’s totally beautiful. The Carly dress is a limited edition piece. We’re making only five of each colour. Are we mad? Yup, kinda, but how special to know there are only five of those beauts in the world and you proudly own one? We thinks thats pretty special.

The Carly comes in 6 beautiful colours, some embellished, others not.

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!