Nov 18, 2009

Spotlight: Kate + Ava Collective

With Irish people it's generally any excuse for a party; with Irish women it's any excuse for a party dress. I'm not sure how many new party dresses will be added to the wardrobe this year given the depressing state of the Irish economy, but for the sake of the Irish fashion industry and young labels like Kate + Ava, I'm hoping Irish women will at least decide to drown this long year's sorrows away in typical Irish style, supporting homegrown designers, and sparing no tinsel!

If I was looking to splurge on an Irish designer right now, I'd shop Dublin-based, Kate + Ava's Autumn/Winter 09 collection. Established in 2006 by Kate Reilly and Ava Cassidy, Kate + Ava presents the Irish woman with feminine, tailored designs in rich, luxuriant fabrics like wools, silks, and jerseys. They cater to a confident and stylish woman, who knows what suits her, and prefers to invest in quality, classic pieces that will stand the test of time.

The collection ranges in price from €200 for shirts and skirts, €450 for coats and evening wear, and €300-390 for most dresses.

Dear Santa; when you are flying over Ireland, please swing by Kate + Ava and pick up this
gorgeous menswear-inspired black dress and chic little black-and-white number, too! xoxo J

Kate +Ava
Online stockists: Divine, Seagreen, and SuzanBelle.

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