Create has returned for its 12th year at Brown Thomas, celebrating the best and brightest of emerging Irish design talent.

Following on from last year's theme of Push for Progress, the 2022 batch of designers continues to highlight the store's drive to champion sustainable Irish design and clever craftsmanship.

CREATE 2022 highlights the talent of 27 designers across ready-to-wear, handbags, accessories, jewellery, hats, shoes and ceramics.

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Speaking after the event, Brown Thomas & Arnotts Fashion Buying Director Shelly Corkery told RTÉ LifeStyle that this year was all about celebrating and exploring "newness":

"We do interviews in March, but people ring in ahead, we would know people from previous years who would be interested in doing it again, every time there's an article in the paper, Instagram - I would be scouring for newness all the time."

"We always come up with quite a bit of newness," she continues. "I think this year is particularly strong, it's nice to see so many jewellers this year too, and I think Angela Scanlon launching her frkl. collection is really smart"

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According to Corkery, sustainability remains an important theme among the designers' collections, something that is highlighted at the early interview stage.

"We would request that everybody have transparency with us about their supply chain and that they're looking at their materials. Aoife LifeStyle would use regenerated nylons and biodegradable cactus leathers, for example. It's important that the designers are exploring new and innovative ways to work with materials."

"Regenerating the old and modernising it is also important," she adds. "Kindred of Ireland are using traditional Irish linen and are bringing back the heritage of the generations of her family back."

Designer to Watch

In continued partnership with NCAD, CREATE will showcase this year's Brown Thomas 'Designer to Watch' bursary prize winner Rebecca McCabe chosen by Shelly Corkery.

Selected for her collection, 'Pookie', Rebecca incorporates sportswear elements into her collection, signifying how our relationship with formal clothing has changed following the pandemic.

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Scroll below for the full list of up and coming designers included in CREATE 2022:

Ready-to-Wear

Caoimhe Murphy

Caoimhe’s work is feminine, fun and unique, designing with natural materials such as organic silks and cottons and often employing unique embellishment and manipulation techniques in her designs. Her collections are driven by colours and textures found in nature, made contemporary through the use of fabrication techniques, with all pieces made by hand in Dublin.

Caoimhe Murphy

Kindred of Ireland

Founded by Amy Anderson, the brand designs luxury linen with heritage and heart, breathing new life into the tradition of Irish linen by creating timeless pieces with a contemporary edge. Amy celebrates her affinity with the textiles industry with her designs, shining a light on her grandparent’s past tradition of working in linen mills.

The brand, which has previously featured in British Vogue, uses artisanal methods and collaborates with family run mills across Ireland to make lasting pieces with intergenerational appeal.

Kindred of Ireland

This year's showcase welcomed a brilliant mix of individual knitwear designers:

Urban Aran

Founded by Christine Murphy, creates sophisticated, bold, colourful but considered luxury knitwear using ethically sourced natural fibres. Inspired by urban art in all its colourful forms across city and rural walls, Christine’s uniqueness lies in her distinctive design approach and bold use of colour.

Ireland's Eye Knitwear

The family-owned company, operated by brothers Paul and Brendan O’Sullivan, presents feminine and modern Aran sweaters in oversized silhouettes. Inspired by the rugged beauty of the Irish landscape, the colours and textures of Ireland’s Eye, the small, uninhabited island off the coast of Dublin, are interpreted in this collection.

Gabrielle Malone

Gabrielle Malone returns with her new collection of luxury knitwear. Gabrielle’s work focuses on feminine, high quality garments, utilising traditional techniques with contemporary silhouettes. Gabrielle’s latest collection 'Reclaim’ is inspired by the abandoned cottages, farmhouses and ship graveyard near her family home in Donegal, and how nature has reclaimed its territory. She explores this aesthetically in slate blues and ivory, creating knitted patterns in criss-cross vertical lines that interprets the ruins of buildings. The aspect of nature comes alive in the collection in forest and mossy greens in much more organic stitches.

Katie Ann McGuigan

Designer Katie Ann McGuigan presents her latest collection underpinned by bold prints across feminine dresses, matching suits and beautiful knits.

Sorcha O'Raghallaigh

Sorcha O'Raghallaigh

Designer Sorcha O’Raghallaigh makes a much anticipated return with her outstanding collection of unique, bespoke creations across ready-to-wear, bags and jewellery. Sorcha blurs the parameters between art and fashion through her love of handmade craft and ornamental detailing. This approach has garnered her an elite following of international celebrities.

Begley and Bowie

Sustainable brand Begley and Bowie returns with a bespoke capsule collection. Designed by Doireann Healy, the collection features sweatshirts and t-shirts with colourfully illustrated pieces inspired by Dublin City and a range of her own fine art prints, which she has screen printed in her studio in Kenmare, County Kerry.

ToDyeFor

ToDyeFor by Johanna returns with a gorgeous new leisurewear collection that invokes a sense of joy with pops of fun colour.

Éadach by Sara O'Neill

Following her hugely successful years as a CREATE designer, Éadach by Sara O’Neill returns with a stunning collection inspired by Belfast’s 1930s Art Deco architecture & textile history, crafting a story which pays homage to the Belfast ‘Millies’, the incredibly skilled women who worked in the linen mills of Ulster. She has developed this story into a print, which features on silk scarves, dresses & kimonos trimmed with Irish linen.

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Accessories

Barbara Bennett

Barbara Bennett returns with her original customised designs and will this year showcase hand-painted, one-of-a-kind loafers in vibrant colourful prints and floral motifs.

Peelo

Founded by Julie Peelo, this is a line of contemporary bags and accessories, using the finest premium materials. Julie's passion for accessories have seen her work for international designers including Marni, John Galliano and Diane Von Furstenberg. Launched in 2020, Peelo draws inspiration from architecture and design to create a juxtaposition of contemporary and vintage styles resulting in beautiful collectible items.

Rashhiiid

Rachel Maguire of Rashhiiid specialises in luxurious faux-fur hats lined with duchess satin silk. Her striking designs have already been worn by celebrities including Ariana Grande and Vanessa Hudgens and will display eight new colourways exclusively at CREATE.

Rashhiiid

LANDA

Irish brand LANDA, founded by Argentine-Italian Silvana Landa, designs and produces beautiful, functional handbags and small leather accessories. Produced responsibly, LANDA works with small family-run factories to create beautiful designs in the highest quality materials in universal shades of taupe, tan and black. LANDA will introduce exclusive pieces including the CASTANA Bag in dark green and taupe and the TILIA bag in patent black.

Clare O' Connor

Clare O’ Connor designs luxurious accessories drawing inspiration from her vibrant energetic paintings. Her scarves are made with only the finest natural ingredients, handcrafted by artisans in Como in Italy, using beautiful soft silks and modal on eco-friendly fabrics. Clare is expanding her collection to introduce dresses and tops in silks and linens for this year’s CREATE.

Caroline Duffy

Caroline Duffy presents a collection of luxury silk scarves and throws inspired by her original paintings and prints. Caroline’s collections combine her exquisite floral paintings with her signature feminine style.

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Tidings

Niamh Gillespie of Tidings returns with a beautiful new collection of scarves, perfect for use as a beach sarong or for cool summer evenings. With Niamh's stylised, hand-painted statement prints and her signature "positive messages" within the print, this new collection is both elegant and striking.

Nicki Hoyne

Designer Nicki Hoyne is expanding her footwear collections this summer to include new colourways of the best-selling Tassel Flats as well as an exciting new addition, the Mary Jane Mule. By reimagining classic and already loved Nicki Hoyne designs, this sustainable collection promises to stay true to the brands ethos of seasonless styles in fun colours and textures. The Tassel Flat style, which Nicki is synonymous with, is available in five new gorgeous colourways.

Aoife Lifestyle

Aoife Lifestyle offers bags and accessories with luxury and sustainability at its core. Designer Aoife Rooney inspired by her Irish roots, embraces the colours of nature, favouring organic hues from the lush patinas of spring to the russet and peaty colours of autumn. The pieces use regenerated nylons, mixed with top-grain leathers, biodegradable cactus leathers and polished with Italian silver metal hardware, manufactured and milled in Italy, exclusively for the brand. Overturning the idea that waste is part of a throwaway ritual, the brand transforms these materials into luxury with precious finishes and features.

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Jewellery

frkl

frkl is a contemporary jewellery brand founded by Angela Scanlon in 2021 and designs demi-fine unique, hold-dear, keep forever pieces that can be layered and built over time to create a personalised wardrobe of cherished pieces. Create 2022 will feature a selection of the brand’s hero pieces including bestsellers ‘The One’ Mega Chain and Choker, Circus Freshwater Pearls Necklace along with their brand new Silver collection, launching in CREATE.

Melissa Curry

Melissa Curry’s bold, versatile and impactful pieces have resonated with celebrities and aristocracy, from Ru Paul and Michelle Visage to Michelle Obama and the British Royals. Her latest collection ‘Fleurs’ echoes the essence of Melissa’s French and Parisian influences, and celebrates a feminine spirit, while capturing the mastery of Curry’s design and functionality of her work, exhibiting her capacity to animate simple shapes and symbols into beautiful pieces.

GABSLUK

GABSLUK brings a collection of fun, statement jewellery that is made for everyone. The brand, which has a zero waste business model, makes their pieces by hand in Dublin at limited quantities to ensure a sustainable design process, with timeless designs made to be worn season after season.

FiorSó

Founded in 2021 by Sara Ross, jewellery brand FiorSó whose brand aesthetic is vibrant and confident with gold and silver tone pieces paired with colourful enamelling and coloured pearls. Whilst contemporary, the designs often echo eras of the past.

SIADBH

SIADBH presents a beautiful collection of eight crystal at CREATE. Handcrafted in Kilkenny with 9ct solid gold materials, each crystal ethically sourced in India. Crystals in the collection include moonstone, rose quartz, amethyst, carnelian and malachite.

Bláithín Ennis

Bláithín Ennis returns with a new collection of unique and striking jewellery designs. Using whimsical shell mesh as her primary aesthetic, combined with mixtures of robust metals and sparkling crystals, Bláithín’s pieces are the result of innovative, exclusive techniques and craftsmanship.

Ciara O'Neill

Artist Ciara O’Neill introduces a contemporary collection of ceramics in her signature abstract prints and eye-catching pops of colour.

CREATE 2022 runs from Tuesday 5th July to 15th August on Level 2 at Brown Thomas Dublin.