Fashion designer, Anne Behan McConnell uses natural fibbers and dyes in her knitwear creations. The former Limerick School of Art and Design student set up her Áine label in 2001 with an vision to wrap the body in luxury and has since gone on to sell her designs and swatches to lifestyle brands such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.
Her signature piece is a scarf collar, a shorter shape that nods towards present trends. It comes in floral or loops options with a fastening technique that can create two and three looks from the one accessory. Ann sources most of her materials from within Ireland, many from Kilcar in Co. Donegal. Her range includes an eco-line of hats, scarves, mittens and capes which she beautifully hand crafts from her studio in Clonlara, Co. Clare.
While the inspiration for her collections are steeped in traditions of the Irish knitwear heritage, she uses modern technology & innovation coupled with a strong colour palette & textures to create her unique, recognisable style, that redefines & pushes the perception of Irish knitwear.