Iconic Aran Sweater to take pride of place in major fashion exhibition at New York’s MoMA.
I hope you all had a good week. I just had to interrupt our travels around Ireland this week to share some exciting news. Our beloved Aran sweater has earned itself a place in the “Is Fashion Modern” exhibition which runs at New York’s Museum of Modern Art from October until January 2018.
Chosen as one of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have influenced fashion over the last 100 years, the Aran sweater will sit by side by side with such fashion icons as the little black dress, the biker jacket, the Wonderbra and Levi jeans to name but a few. The sweater chosen to be on display will be on loan from The National Museum of Ireland in Castlebar County Mayo and was knitted in 1940.
It’s wonderful to think that this humble Irish fisherman sweater that began life as a keep warm garment for Irish fisherman should now be considered an icon of international fashion. The journey to international stardom surely began when the Aran was worn in the 50s and 60s by Hollywood royalty such as Steve Mc Queen and Grace Kelly, giving our national sweater instant cool and putting it firmly on the fashion map.
Of course, it’s no surprise to me that the Aran Sweater has achieved such status. This age-old Irish craft tradition continues to endure and now comes in many exciting styles. Its popularity shows no sign of waning and here at The Irish Store, it remains our number one customer favorite year after year.
So to celebrate its big moment in The Big Apple, I thought I’d share with you our top 5 Aran sweater picks from the Irish Store Collection as voted for by you.
1. Hooded Aran Zipper Coat
Age old Irish craftsmanship combines beautifully with an unmistakably modern design to create a stand-out everyday Aran sweater made from luxuriously soft merino wool. Featuring 2 side pockets and a snug hood to keep out the chill, there’s also a final irresistible Celtic touch with a beautifully detailed Trinity knot zipper.
2. Traditional Aran Sweater
A timeless Aran sweater that needs no introduction. This is Aran knitwear at its finest and this classic crew neck has stood the test of time, from its humble beginnings as a fisherman’s sweater to its current status as iconic fashion classic and must-have wardrobe staple.
3. Ladies Aran Wide Collared Button Coat
The stunning design makes a real statement with its oversized collar and stylish 3 button side fastening. It also features traditional Aran cable stitching throughout, a tribute to the Aran Islander fisherman’s ropes and now a timeless knitwear design. The three-quarter length gives extra warmth on those chilly days. Choose navy, grey or beige; 3 versatile shades to complement your wardrobe perfectly.
4. Ladies Aran Boyfriend Cardigan
The boyfriend cardigan is an enduring classic combining oversized comfort with relaxed, effortless style. What makes our design stand out is the winning combination of traditional Aran stitches, with the basket stitch in the main body. This stitch symbolizes the Islander fisherman’s baskets and hopes of a plentiful catch at sea. It is beautifully trimmed with classic cable, a tribute to the fisherman’s ropes.
5. Soft Touch Ladies Aran Zip Cardigan
In our super soft Aran zipper cardigan the zig-zag stitch takes centre stage, a representation of the twisting Island cliff paths leading down to the mighty Atlantic. It’s beautifully combined with traditional “fisherman’s rope” cable and the ever-popular honeycomb stitch, wishing you, the wearer, good fortune.
So there are our top picks. Of course, there’s so much more to choose from so why not browse our full selection at The Irish Store. Oh and I should mention-we’re having a MASSIVE CLEARANCE SALE right now with up to 75% off certain lines! Get yourself a bargain today while stocks last!
Slán go fóill!
Founder of the Irish Store and lover of the iconic Aran sweater!