Men’s style: there’s a growing market for casual jewellery
Style file: Designers showcase their talents in Longford
Flat head screw earring from €75 from Edge Only.
“The market for casual jewellery for men is really growing,” says jeweller Jenny Huston whose Edge Only range for men – all made ethically in Ireland – now accounts for 60 per cent of her sales in the UK. Her latest collection features earrings, necklaces and brooches – there’s one in the shape of a guitar, for instance – that come in gold, sterling silver and 18ct gold vermeil.
Huston is the daughter of the designer goldsmith and gemmologist Jane Huston who founded Kilkenny’s jewellery design and production skills course for the Crafts Council of Ireland and ran it for 15 years, training a whole generation of Irish jewellers and later worked for Canada’s largest jeweller. Her daughter has inherited those skills and, as a former Irish DJ, brings a more playful, rock’n’roll edge to fine jewellery. edgeonly.com
Louise Brennan is certainly making her mark in her native Longford. This month she is launching Fabiani Design Week, so called after her well-known lifestyle boutique in the town, with five up-and-coming Irish designers taking part. They include Amie Egan, Four Threads, Theo & George, Pearl Reddington and Jill & Gill who will travel to the town to showcase their various collections which can be sampled and shopped from Wednesday, September 26th to Saturday, October 6th.
Brennan has also organised an “Interview with Designers” evening on the opening night with tickets limited to two per applicant and those wishing to attend should email firstname.lastname@example.org by next Wednesday, September 12th. Fabiani was voted one of the top five stores in Ireland 2018 by Retail Excellence and was recently shortlisted for the Image Boutique Awards.