The man behind the company part 1; Inis Meáin Knitting Company


by Frans Boone June 17, 2016

During Pitt uomo 90 i realised we stock so many great pieces of clothing, but i also want you to be a part of our world behind the scenes. Not those pictures shown on facebook, instagram or snapchat, but of the makers of all these fine goods. Well here is the first part of this story that could hopefully be a never ending one.

 

 

Tarlach de Blácam - Inis Meáin Knitting Company -  founded the company back in 1976 together with Áine Ní Chonghaile, inspired by the unique spirit, environment and heritage of the place.

Tarlach was a graduate in Celtic Languages from Trinity College Dublin and had gone to Inis Meáin in the late sixties like the previous scholars to immerse himself in the language and culture of the island; Áine was a native of Inis Meáin working as a teacher in Dublin in the early ‘70s. When the pair married in 1973, they were determined to make their home on the island. The only question was how to make a living there.

Well... they did...

Tarlach and Áine became involved in a series of development projects aimed at stemming the tide of emigration and providing the permanent work needed to support a sustainable community on Inis Meáin. These included the provision of electricity and running water as well as new harbour and airstrip facilities.

Drawing on the island tradition, Tarlach and Áine went on to equip a small factory with six knitting machines and set about working with young islanders whose mothers knitted at home for the tourist industry. The younger generation were more inclined to emigrate in search of work on the mainland or overseas. Inis Meáin Knitting Company offered regular work in a factory setting, attracting young people who would otherwise have left the island forever.

Today, Inis Meáin Knitting Company continues to delve into the rich knitting heritage of the island for inspiration, reinterpreting traditional stitches and styles in the finest yarns to create beautiful and sophisticated garments for contemporary living.

We are proud to supply their unique, high-quality knitwear and moreover we like his coolness being a gentleman and a good mentor for us buying and selling their garments. This is what we like.




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