The Irish Times – May 2020

Fashion fights on: How Irish designers are dealing with lockdown

From hairbands to apps, Irish designers are responding to challenges posed by Covid-19

Bernie Murphy is a textile artist and fashion designer based in Donegal who works with Irish tweed. “With many orders cancelled I have an abundance of tweed in my studio and when a customer requested a bespoke headband as the traditional style didn’t suit her double crown, one thing led to another and now I am producing and selling the Donegal slip-knot tweed hairband all over Ireland,” she says. It’s a thicker, flexible band made with wiring and it also serves the purpose of covering up any roots or recent hair growth. The whole range comes in different tweeds, each costing €20 with €2 from each sale donated to Childline. In addition, a nominated front-line worker also receives a hairband in recognition of their work. Visit

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