Urban Aran is an Irish-based fashion and lifestyle brand, founded by Christine Murphy in 2017. The designer took the ‘less trodden path’ into the world of fashion. Working in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years, she was involved in many hotel openings, from concept to final product, which incorporated the design spectrum, fostering a love of fabric, yarn and textiles. It was in these years that Christine’s unique aesthetic and creative dream took shape. The experiences prompted her to pursue her real passion and set up her own fashion label, Urban Aran, which reimagines classic Irish knitwear for the twenty-first century. 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.
Her sharp edits have since amassed a fast and loyal following of stylish men and women and her work has become renowned for its production, craftsmanship and creativity. Through intuition and passion Christine conceptualised her brand, a luxury ready-to-wear label specialising in knitwear designed to last a lifetime. Past traditions combine with contemporary design to make timeless essentials for modern life.
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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 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.
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.
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.