Our Story

Urban Aran is an independent Irish knitwear brand offering bold, colourful but considered knitwear for modern lifestyles founded by Christine Murphy in 2017. Her collections are influenced by urban art in all its forms. 

Her inspiration is drawn from urban art in her home city of Waterford in the South East of Ireland and from “tags” in public spaces to derelict walls magnificently embellished by accomplished street artists.  Designed to be cherished, each piece proposes a fresh balance of opposing elements—past and future, masculine and feminine, strength and softness, structure and fluidity.

Through intuition and passion Christine conceptualised her brand as a luxury ready-to-wear knitwear designed to last a lifetime. A creative use of heritage aran yarns and stitchwork combined with contemporary urban art make eclectic sophisticated essentials for modern life.

We hope you enjoy them.

Our Ethos

Knitwear has been a wardrobe essential for generations. And our aim is to redefine these every day classics with original designs, unique twists and cool detailing through top quality natural yarns. Every piece is completed with an outstanding quality of workmanship. 

We believe in slow fashion, designed and made for longevity. Our customers are not bound to seasonal trends. Sustainability, craftsmanship and provenance guide everything we make, and ensure the long-lasting appeal of our garments.

Why A Natural Fibre?

It is anything from a plant or an animal that can be spun into a filament of yarn. Natural fibres produce stunning fabrics, they knit and drape into a variety of soft and lustrous forms to deliver a luxuriously comfortable wear. Natural fibres are sustainable, carbon neutral and they biodegrade unlike acrylic or many other synthetic fibres.

Unlike man-made clothing, products made with natural fibres do not shed microbeads of non-biodegradable material when they are washed. Natural fibres are environmentally friendly.

LINEN

Linen is known as the world’s strongest natural fibre and more durable than cotton. The strength of the fibre directly contributes to the strength of the fabric the garment is made of. Thus, linen pieces are very long-lasting. Natural fibres are less energy intensive to produce than man-made yarns. Linen is breathable, allows air to move around freely and thus, releases moisture very fast. Linen clothing retains the heat from your body and releases the excess making you feel warm hence popular in winter as well as summer. Linen clothing is better for the environment because flax plant cultivation is by far more sustainable than that of cotton.

MERINO WOOL

For thousands of years sheep have evolved to withstand the harshest of conditions. A sheep’s wool protects them from the wind, rain and sun. Wool reacts to temperature, so it has the ability to keep you warm and it also wicks moisture, so it has the ability to remove heat and perspiration from your body to cool you down.  As wool is a living natural fibre it means that it contains odour removing bacteria, unlike polyester which attracts bad bacteria.

COTTON

Knitted cotton is a soft, skin-friendly breathable fibre. During the summer cotton is ideal as it removes heat from the body by absorbing moisture. We don’t recommend cotton for high intensity exercise as it can absorb as much as 10 times its weight in water, however for daily wear it is ideal. Strong and durable, cotton is perfect for machine washing, as the fibres do not pill. Cotton clothing also resist stains and odours more effectively than synthetic fibres. It is an ideal fabric for those with wool sensitivity. We love supplementing our looks with the unique drape that our cotton knitwear has.