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Kildare Village Launches Só Collective & the Fashion Bursary

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Yesterday Kildare Village launched the inaugural Kildare Village Fashion Bursary, in conjunction with the official opening of it’s new retail store Só Collective, “a home for Irish fashion, design and craft at Kildare Village. Made designed and imagined by our peoples.” Both the bursary and the store are part of a new 2016 campaign “From the Isle” by Kildare Village. This initiative aims to nurture the wealth of emerging talent now coming from Ireland’s creative sector across fashion, craft, food and art, bringing them to a wider and international audience. Só Collective This exciting new store stocks the best of Irish design across both fashion and lifestyle. Womenswear brands include beautiful designs from from Danielle Romeril, Helen Steele, Manley, Natalie B Coleman, Laura Kinsella and Liam Fahy. Plus menswear from Paul Costello and lifestyle offerings from Brookfield Farm, Diem Pottery and Vivien Foley. The reduced “Village Price” also makes the store all the more alluring.
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Kildare Village Fashion Bursary The Kildare Village Fashion Bursary is a scholarship founded to help a new generation of Irish designers achieve their potential at an international level. Michael Stewart, whose designs are currently exhibiting at Kildare Village, is the first recipient of the €15,000 bursary. Following Stewart’s graduation from Limerick School of Art & Design in 2013, he went on to obtain a place on the MA course at the prestigious Royal College of Art (RCA) in London – currently the top fashion MA in the world. Given the costs of the course, external funding and support has been essential in allowing Stewart to pursue his studies. The Kildare Village Fashion Bursary will help with the crucial material costs and his graduation show in 2017. Aisling Farinella (alongside with Kildare Village) has been instrumental in the co-ordinating the development of this significant support system for Irish designers, helping to forge essential links with the international industry.  The Fashion Bursary turns a new corner for Kildare Village with Andrew Marshall , Business Director of Kildare Village, commenting, “This is an exciting time for Irish fashion and Kildare Village is proud to be a champion of the new energy and talent rejuvenating the sector. We hope that the Fashion Bursary nurtures this energy and talent, investing in the future of our promising young designers and helping pave the way to a strong native fashion industry.”  
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