We went to check out the newly opened Irish Design House recently and ended up coming away with a very serious case of ‘I want, I want, I want’.
The intention was to pop in & have a quick browse…an hour later, we were still admiring the wide array of high end crafts and fashions from back home.
Located at 756 Queen Street East (just hop off the streetcar at Queen & Broadview and it’s a short walk from there), the Irish Design House is a treasure trove of beautiful Irish pottery, jewellery, clothes, furniture and accessories.
Owners Sinead Clarke (a Cavan woman) and her boyfriend Benny Corrigan (from Co. Meath), only made the move to Toronto a year ago but quickly spotted a gap in the market and decided to open a place that brought a touch of home to the big city.
A graduate of the Limerick School of Art and Design, Sinead has her own knitwear label, EssenC and works on her designs in a studio located at the back of the store.
Here is a selection of some of the gorgeous pieces produced by the very talented Sinead. The cute, unique headbands and handwarmers are the perfect (and practical) knitted accessories for the winter which we all knowing is coming!
Other brands that you will find at the Irish Design House include Ana Faye bags from Sligo, Fisherman Knitwear from Donegal, Brookwood Pottery from Dublin, Moth to a Flame candles from Kilkenny, traditional aran sweaters, gem-stone costume jewellery, laser cut decorations and accessories.
We weren’t joking when we said we want one of everything!
Coming to a new country, finding a job and a place to live is a big enough challenge for most people, so a big tip of the hat to Sinead and Benny for going that extra mile and starting a business.
Please drop in to say hi If you are in the neighbourhood. You won’t be disappointed and might even get a few of the Xmas pressies sorted too ( yes, we know its not even October but it’s never to early to start the Xmas shopping!)
You can also check out the Irish Design House on Facebook, here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Irish-Design-House/750167451712034
And keep an eye for their website launching soon!
To see more pics of the goods from the Irish Design House, check out our Instagram – http://instagram.com.craicto