FIÁIN is a Galway-based workshop founded earlier this year by Dara and Caitríona Leather.
Caitriona tells us they noticed a gap in the marketplace for beautifully crafted accessories for men and decided to do something about it. In a crowded marketplace they also recognised the need to think outside the box & focus as much as possible on Irish-sourced materials.
They started out with one high-tec laser cutting machine and a notebook full of ideas. Developing & testing these ideas took time & patience, but they now have 5 different products on their website with various iterations of those designs. The website was launched just last week and features bow ties for both men and boys, cufflinks, pocket squares and wallets.
Most notably their Irish oak bow ties have received a lot of attention & have been sent to customers as far away as Australia and the United States. Caitriona says,
The concept of a wooden bow tie is not a new one but the way in which we have updated this fashion accessory encompasses our love of craftsmanship & fashion.
This is certainly reflected in the smallest of details such as the packaging they use. Not content with simply stuffing their accessories into a bubble mailer, they custom-designed a unique gift box that holds the bow tie in place. They also made sure there was a place within their packaging to display a unique certificate for the traceability of the Irish grown oak they use.
Dara & Caitríona have plans to grow their product range in the future, introducing leather products in 2018 (what else would they do with a Surname like ‘Leather’!)
The Galway Eye will be keeping an eye on Fiain. Their products are undoubtedly the epitome of cool and with a sound business strategy and the support of the Galway Local Enterprise Office and Design & Craft Council of Ireland, it looks like this startup is destined for stardom both at home and abroad.
Check out Fiain’s range of products at https://www.fiain.ie
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