Kindred of Ireland was founded in 2018 by Amy Anderson. Amy has a rich family history in the Irish textile industry and was fascinated by the stories of her kindred who had worked in the local linen mill of Moygashel. These tales expressed a deep emotional connection with Irish linen as the fate of the fabric became intertwined with communities throughout Ireland. Discovering an old newspaper cutting of her Grandmother, Winnie (pictured), spinning yarn ignited a particular spark in her for Irish linen.
Breathing fresh vision into the forgotten and neglected is what makes Amy comes alive. Each Kindred piece honours and celebrates the history and craftsmanship Ireland is known for, whilst also recognising the everyday, through timeless, relaxed and functional design. Amy believes that by treasuring every part of the design process, you as the wearer will treasure your piece and in turn become a story for your own kindred.
Before studying Textile Art, Design and Fashion at University of Ulster Belfast, Amy spent time travelling and was deeply impacted by her time in Xining, China where she worked with a design company who employed individuals who had previously been trafficked. She witnessed the power of creativity as a healer. These experiences are central in shaping the values and ethos of the brand. In this spirit, Kindred contributes 10% of sales to a local charity, Flourish NI, that supports people affected by human trafficking.