- 26 Sep 18
Irish design is surfing an exciting new wave. We pick three of the new breed who are destined for greatness.
1. Black & Beech
Designer and founder of Black & Beech, Stacey Grant-Canham, is originally from Limerick but has called Cardiff home since 2011. After studying in the Limerick School of Art and Design, followed by an MA in Fashion at Kingston University in the UK, she founded the independent lifestyle brand Black & Beech. It specialises in jewellery, clothes, gifts and accessories that all come with a healthy dose of wit, thoughtfulness, feminism. The line boasts t-shirts and vest tops emblazoned with ‘Deeds Not Words’; gorgeous silver and gold necklaces with slogans like ‘Nevertheless She Persisted’; and mother-friendly accessories like silicone jewellery, specifically designed to be safe to wear around young and teething babies. Stacey’s personality, her experiences of motherhood, and her passionate commitment to intersectional feminism inform all of her designs. “In 2017 with Brexit, Trump and the growing conversation around Repeal, new motherhood found me more and more politicised,” she explains. “Enter my designs featuring the slogan ‘A Mother’s Place Is In The Resistance’. I made the decision to donate to Abortion Support Network through sales of these items, and it meant I was no longer talking about motherhood on my social accounts – but difficult issues like abortion and women’s rights. This evolution really brought me huge joy, as I feel the brand is very much ‘me’ and my multi-faceted self. The response to that has been incredible.” And Stacey isn’t just raising awareness with her designs – she also donates a percentage of Black & Beech’s profits to causes and charities that she supports. “Our long time charity we support is Abortion Support Network,” she notes. “We give £5 from every t-shirt or sweater sold from the Resistance Mama range to them, and will continue to do until they no longer need to exist.” Stacey’s feminist philosophy also extends to how her products are made. “We use all organic cotton and ethically supplied garments for this reason too,” she reveals. “It costs more, but it would be so wrong to have feminist messaging without considering all the women in the supply chain who made those products.”
For more on Black & Beech’s designs, see blackandbeech.com and check out their social media under @blackandbeech.