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Meet the young, cool creative reimagining traditional Irish knitwear


By Marie Kelly
29th May 2021
Meet the young, cool creative reimagining traditional Irish knitwear

Emerging knitwear designer Pearl Reddington is one of the cool creatives redefining traditional Irish crafts.

I come from a family of artists, makers and entrepreneurs. While knitting is traditionally seen as a textile craft, my design philosophy comes very much from a fashion perspective.

That said, I’ve always been more interested in the fine art side of fashion, so I was never particularly drawn to working for a big fashion house. Being an individual artist making limited edition and one-off bespoke pieces gives me the freedom to create what I want and to break down the stereotypes of knit.

Dromahair wrap scarf in charcoal and pebble, €120 at pearlreddington.com


I started my brand to fulfil a niche in contemporary knitwear here in Ireland. I want to bridge the gap between traditional knitwear and high fashion.

This desire was the starting point for the Nü Aran, a traditional Aran jumper modernised with a clashing neon cuff. The Nü Aran jumper is a tribute to the historic skill and hard work of the Irish, and our will to keep working toward a better future.

I want this alarming colour to serve as a warning to nostalgics — keep only the good parts of tradition, and progress with the rest!

Aran jumper in charcoal, €280

I admire any brands doing something interesting with knitwear. Overseas, I love Dusen Dusen, Annie Lee Larson, Cold Picnic, Slowdown Studio, Lorien Stern and Salt + Still.

Irish designers I admire include Inis Meáin Knitwear and Fisherman Out of Ireland. I really look up to those brands that put a focus on beautiful materials and sophisticated traditional techniques without being twee or touristy.

Achill pom hat in rust and denim, €55

I want everyone to respond to my knitwear; all my designs are unisex, and businesswomen, art ravers and babies have all been spotted wearing my designs.

Photographs courtesy of Pearl Reddington.