Growing up in Ireland, Bridie Mullin was captivated with local textiles from an early age. Her ancestors worked in the nearby linen mills and her early life on a remote farm meant sewing and knitting were an enjoyable yet essential part of rural life. This first-hand experience of turning raw materials into something beautiful fostered a lifelong career designing and teaching textile studies. Her new collection, Shoreline celebrates and reframes the history of Irish linen. These hand-made garments are designed to last; striking in their elegant simplicity, functionality and quiet aesthetic.
In the twentieth century, Ireland was considered the capital of the linen industry producing the finest quality linen but production declined somewhat with the growth of synthetics and cotton. Today, however, a growing demand for natural, eco-friendly and sustainable materials has seen a welcome resurgence in quality Irish linen. Local factories ship tons of linen fabrics abroad, yet non produce apparel on the island. To bridge that gap Bridie established her label, creating pieces which pay homage to her Irish heritage and culture. Her designs balance chic minimalism with sartorial craftsmanship. The line includes structured, playful pieces that cast a sculptural silhouette for easy everyday wear.