Vibrant yellows, electric pinks, rich, royal blues... These are only a few of the fabulous shades featured in Jordan Currie’s coveted ready-to-wear designs. The up-and-coming designer is making a name for herself in the world of fashion thanks to her fresh take on knitwear.       

 “While studying, I was taught how to knit, fell in love with the knitting machine and haven’t looked back,” says the Irish designer. “I feel that knitwear allows for my creativity to flourish—through working with the yarn and machine to create various stitches and techniques to make interesting and eye-catching garments. Knit is a great fabric to work with as it is so versatile,” says Currie.

Throughout the collection, her knits vary in weight, size, and fabric elements alternating panels of color and texture—making them perfect for year-round, and transitional season wear. The materials and dye process have been meticulously chosen and carefully executed.

“I find that by sourcing dyed yarns it can be difficult to find the exact colors you are looking,” says Currie. “Therefore I decided to hand-dye all of my yarns using acid dyes. After months of carefully dyeing and testing yarns I was able to achieve the correct color palette. All of my garments are made with baby alpaca, silk and mohair.”

A graduate of Ulster University Belfast in Northern Ireland Currie’s Flora collection (pictured) was inspired by the colorful palette of florals found on Inis Meán. Back in 2014, Currie worked for the Meán Knitting Company in the Aran Islands, where she found inspiration in the island’s botanicals.

Versatility is a major component of Currie’s designs. The clothing is proof that heavy knitwear can be used to create warm-weather oriented clothing that works through the seasons. “Depending on how thick the yarn is, and how many ends you use, you can create lightweight and delicate knitwear which are ideal for spring, yarns like linen can be perfect for this. Yet, I decided to step out of the boundaries to use heavy yarns such as baby alpaca and mohair which are very warm and are always used for winter collections.”

At the start of her design journey, the future holds boundless opportunities for Currie who sees herself working as a designer for a knitwear company or embarking on her own line. Her ultimate dream job? A colorist for a yarn company. Keep an eye out for this emerging designer, her future is as bright as her designs. — KELLY ARMETTA