We are a new label, but with an olde world heritage.
The fine fashions made here at Make & Tailor in Greenmount, Harolds Cross, are made by local men and women; just as it was in 1799, when our story begins…
Our home in Greenmount, Harolds Cross is inextricably linked with Ireland industrial revolution, being founded some 214 years ago for the manufacturing of cotton and linen textiles and clothing.
Of course, a lot has changed since then. As you would expect, a great deal more training is required in order to produce the high-quality, on-trend clothing that today’s sophisticated consumers have come to expect- to say nothing of the saavy marketing and creative merchandising that is now essential to operate in today’s highly competitive retail environment.
There has of course been changes to textiles too.
In addition to the linens and cottons familiar to the machinists of the 18th century, we have introduced modern synthetic fabrics where appropriate. We have also integrated Donegal tweeds and Wexford linen to produce seasonal ranges that combine the best of the old and the brightest of the new- all with an authentic Irish production heritage.
As the only remaining fashion label in a building with such a such a prodigious garment manufacturing history (the three storey building shown in both pictures); we are literally the last of our kind; but we are simultaneously the first of a new kind.
- Our focus is on the future, and this is demonstrated by our progressive designs and the creative media that supports our brand’s values and our aesthetic & stylistic credentials.
- We take the phrase ‘fashion forward’ to a whole new level, through providing placements and internships to the aspiring designers and makers of tomorrow, so they can learn first-hand the skills accumulated by our seasoned production team.
- We protect our vision of the future by our commitment to ethical and environmentally aware work practices, but above all, our focus is to make clothing you can believe in, by preserving the best of Ireland’s proud fashion past, and reworking it for today’s modern marketplace.
Join us on our journey as we create a little bit of fashion history.
This picture from inside Greenmount Mill was taken around 1920 and shows just one stage of the linen weaving process which took place here. Our machinery might have changed, yet it remains a busy factory, with shifts starting from 8am, and for this reason consultations and fittings with Make & Tailor’s design team are strictly by appointment only.
If you are interested having garments make to your specifications, via our Made to Measure or Bespoke service, please contact Sarah- Jane at Customer Services, to arrange a consultation: info [at] makeandtailor [dot] com
We strongly recommend advance bookings, especially before particularly busy periods such as the months leading up to Race Meetings, Fashion Shows & Award Ceremonies.
[Images courtesy of ‘Harolds Cross’ by Joe Curtis 2009.]