Go your own way: fashion designer Róisín Gartland

Go your own way: fashion designer Róisín Gartland

When the fashion designer decided to close her business 13 years ago, she found the freedom she craved

Róisín Gartland is sitting at her expansive studio desk, surrounded by leather skins and smelling of sage. She’s drinking strong coffee from an Arran Street East cup. And she’s crying.

The Irish designer, best known for her work in leather, is meditating on a 30-year career; its trials, thrills; roads taken and otherwise. Her eyes water as she recalls the day, 13 years ago, when she walked into this studio, drew...

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