Our point of view
We believe in slow fashion and all that it entails, luxury and sustainability… quality over quantity.
Our mission is to design wearable, flattering, comfortable clothes with attitude, for every day.
Through timeless design and our wardrobe building ethos, we empower women to embrace their individuality and confidently create and evolve their own style over time, with clothes that they will love for many years.
We always consider past collections when designing future collections. Every day, customers tell us about pieces that they have which are 10-15 years old and which they still wear. They just update their MG wardrobe with a few carefully chosen pieces each season. Over time, a customer builds a capsule collection that is exclusive to her because of the way she chooses and combines different pieces.
The Mary Grant woman is strong, successful and confident.
She doesn’t follow trends, but prefers to create her own individual style, which reflects her busy lifestyle, juggling career and family with the many other activities in her very full life. She likes to wear luxury clothes that are smart, cool and comfortable and which take her from the school gate, to work, to social events.
Once she discovers Mary Grant, she is a customer for life. The first thing we hear when a customer is trying on is ” I cannot believe how good this feels!”
Mary Grant originally became best known for work inspired pinnies and dungarees with their unexpected details and signature hardware. These along with coats and jackets have gathered a loyal following over the years.
With the customer’s busy lifestyle in mind, the brand later evolved to include a range of versatile mix and match jerseys in flattering cuts which are smart and edgy, while being super comfortable. And, because when it comes to a family occasion, the Mary Grant woman typically rebels against what is the norm, each season we add some feminine layering pieces which are designed to transform an existing every day outfit into something a bit more special.
Knitwear, the softest of belts and 100% cashmere complete the offering. We haven’t ventured into shoes, bags and accessories … yet!
Deeply rooted in the Mary Grant DNA is a love of luxurious tactile fluid fabrics, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Inspiration comes from music, photography, nature, pop culture and feedback from customers, which is always considered when evolving the collections from one season to the next. Trends are explored, curated and made timeless.
Fabrics are sourced from the finest mills in Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Japan. The collection is designed in Ireland and manufactured in Italy & Poland. Our 100% cashmere is hand knit in Nepal.
About the designer
Mary Grant was born in Dublin, Ireland, the eldest of a family of 4. She credits her creativity to her parents who to this day are still creative, her dad in photography, her mum in various types of needle work… and previous creative generations of lace makers and carpenters. Both parents ran their own businesses and being involved from a very young age, this instilled a great work ethic in the whole family.
After completing her design degree in Dublin, being a homebird, Mary decided against heading for the fashion capitals with her classmates. Instead, after gaining some experience with local bridal and knitwear designers, she set up her eponymous label in 1993. She got married the same year and had 3 children. One of life’s unexpected twists meant that she would go on to raise her children on her own.
This she successfully juggled over the years with running her business, through rough patches and many bumps in the road. She believes that this life experience positions her to expertly serve her customers, knowing what they need and will want, often before they know themselves. She brings passion and perfection to the design process and adding her vision, she confidently surprises her customers season after season.
She has won several awards, including graduating from college as “Designer of the Year”, being named “Fashion Designer of the Year” by the institute of designers in Ireland and receiving the “Brown Thomas Mentoring Award” which resulted in 5 years trading as a concession in their Dublin Store, learning luxury retail from the experts.
Mary is always looking for the next challenge, and with 2 stores successfully up and running in Ireland, she has now set her sights on returning to wholesale and export after stepping back from both during the recession.