Orla Langan is the lead designer and eponymous brand founder. A background in international sportswear apparel having designed for brands such as Fila, Puma, Lee Jeans and Sweaty Betty brings a wealth of creative interpretation and experience. Having also worked as a trend analyst with the world’s leading trend forecaster WGSN in London, means a keen eye on what’s what and what’s not. A graduate of Ireland’s National College of Art and Design Orla also has a Masters in Multi-Media Systems from Trinity College Dublin.
We look at trends, your lifestyle, values, materials, functionality, sustainability and then add fun, flair and originality. By the time we finish pieces for one collection we are already thinking about the next one. We often sketch on the side of the pattern pieces, enabling an iterative process that generates the originality we strive for. We find it is a more organic and creative way of working.
WHAT & WHY
We are driven by sustainability. Most of the jersey and woven fabrics this season are organic and certified*. We have introduced Tencel (also known as lyocell) and modal fibers this season, as they are produced using recyclable, earth-friendly solvents. Blended with cotton, Tencel adds wrinkle-resistance, with the lustrous feel of a silk. We are researching the use of hemp fabrics without compromising the inherent properties we build into the garments. It is important to seek innovative developments, using eco- friendly fabrics and new technologies that might help to create fabrics in a more ethical and sustainable way.
* In accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus.