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Ireland has always been home to some of the most inspiring craftspeople and designers around, and happily many of these are now bringing their talents in abundance to baby and kid-wear. Some are traditional and whimsical, others bring a more modern aesthetic but all have in common the creation of beautifully crafted products made to be loved and enjoyed, and hopefully passed from generation to generation. It is the very opposite of disposable culture, naturally ethical and we love it. Here are just some of our favourites.

Lollipops and Daydreams

Motivated by her own children designer Maria Ryan set up Lollipops and Daydreams to create comfortable clothes for children with a modern twist. Using simple cuts, the clothes celebrate colour, print and pattern. They are inspired by childhood nostalgia, nature, vintage clothes and illustrations, and most importantly by children themselves.

Check them out on Instagram at #kidstoredublin or www.kidstore.ie

Foxford Wollen Mills

Celebrated the world over for their luxurious woollen throws and blankets, Foxford celebrated 127 years in 2017. Based in Mayo, Foxford weave fabric inspired by the landscape of the West of Ireland with a wonderfully modern twist, and their baby blankets have been popular gifts for generations. Made from 100% lambswool, they are available in traditional hues of baby pink and baby blue as well as pop-multicolours, perfect for keeping baby wrapped up in style and comfort.

Check them out on Instagram at #Foxford125 or www.foxfordwoollenmills.com

Liadain Aiken Knitwear

Based in Smithfield in Dublin, all of Liadain Aiken’s beautiful knitwear is handcrafted and finished by hand. Liadain sources the bulk of her wool from Donegal and then uses the traditionally spun Merino yarn to craft a range of playful and irreverent knitwear for adults, kids and home (her gorgeously cosy hot water bottle covers being a particular favourite of ours). Mums will adore her soft wool hats, made to order to fit the smallest of little heads.

Check her out on Instagram at #liadainaikenknitwear or www.liadainaiken.com

Rain & Conker

Irish brand Rain + Conker is a modern and fun family brand that designs and retails trendy basics for kids that rule their roosts. They specialise in the softest bandana bibs, soft leather moccasins and a range of organic basics – including baby leggings and rompers. The designs focus on simple shapes, comfort, modern designs and a soft colour palette.

Check them out on Instagram at #kidstoredublin or www.kidstore.ie

Red Rufus

Who knew a sock could be so much fun? Handmade in Ireland by skilled crafters, Red Rufus turns a pair of socks into fun, characterful soft toys. These are not the sock animals of your youth. Each character is infused with style, Ethically made, soft and huggable, each character is infused with style and come complete with colourful patches and pretty accessories. Hardwearing, ethically made and completely loveable, each sock animal can also be personalised with your little one’s name so they also make for a great gift.

Check them out on Instagram at #redrufussockanimals or www.redrufus.ie

Cairenn Foy

Irish childrenswear designer, Cairenn Foy, creates whimsical and beautifully crafted garments using only natural, breathable fabrics. Cairenn began designing when her after being unable to find traditionally styled dresses made from 100% cotton and soft enough for her one year old daughter Ava who suffered badly from eczema. Effortlessly traditional and with a beautiful eye for detail (think pinafores, peter pan collars and ribboning), Cairenn designs the type of dresses that will last generations.

Check her out at #cairennfoy or www.cairennfoy.com

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