The lion’s share
Move, over football: rugby is rising up the style ranks. Ahead of the British & Irish Lions 2017 tour to New Zealand this summer, the official Lions outfitter Thomas Pink has unveiled a collection fronted by the former Irish centre Brian O’Driscoll. From smart shirts and blazers to socks and boxers, the limited-edition line takes its cue from what the squad will be wearing off the pitch. Check out the polo shirts, available in four colourways, each representing Ireland, England, Scotland or Wales (€110). The man of the match award goes to this burgundy velvet dinner jacket, which boasts a newsprint-style silky lining featuring Lions trivia and quotes from BOD himself.
It might be based in London, but the bag brand Stighlorgan is keen to hold onto its Irish roots. For each collection, Dublin-born poet Davin Gaffney supplies lyrical inspiration, then the designers, Christian Bourke and Yvonne Li, take over. This season, Gaffney’s ode to the planet Pluto has inspired a range that promises sleek sophistication at less than astronomical prices.
Making an entrance
Stella McCartney debuted a collection for men this season, and in Ireland, it’s available exclusively at Brown Thomas, Dublin. Expertly cut tees, shirts and jackets come in organic cotton, sustainable viscose and recycled nylon, all topped off with quirky touches such as pop motifs and contrasting embroidery.