December 2, 2009 - 4 comments

John Rocha

John Rocha
 I couldn't have a journal about what inspires me without mentioning, who I think, is Ireland's leading designer John Rocha.

There are many reasons why I believe he deserves this title.

First and foremost is for his unique visual sensibility.

The second reason is for his commitment to stay true to his aesthetics whilst creating a remarkable business.

And, thirdly because he has achieved great success, despite staying in Ireland (a challenge which only those who are in this industry, in this country, will understand).

Personally I celebrate other people's achievements, even more, when those who succeed are generous and kind.

I admire John and his wife Odette. They have always been wonderfully warm and encouraging in our occasional encounters, which I wish were more frequent.

He once said in a speech.... "if I can do it, anyone can....even if it takes you 25 years"...

Thank you for sketching a path for other Irish designers to follow...

John Rocha has a wonderful shop on Dover Street, London

Published by: eilisboyle in Fashion, Inspiration


Lisa Dora
December 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I would have to agree, i just love the softness of john rochas collections. Every time i see a new collection i feel like hopping on fluffy clouds. They have such a beautiful lightness to them and i love how he uses texture in his designs…..ahhhh…just dreamy,isn’t it?!

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helen james
December 2, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Totally agree a true Fashion Inspiration, and all the more so for making it while here, where one can feel like they are constantly swimming uptide !

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Silent Storyteller
December 2, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Yes exactly…swimming uptide….or being dragged into a never ending whirlpool…

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Jane Flanagan
December 3, 2009 at 4:25 am

I love John Rocha too! He always strikes me as the most modest man.
And, on a personal note, the first “designer” thing I bought was when I was in secondary school and it was a John Rocha sweater from the old Brown Thomas on the other side of Grafton St. I saved for weeks to buy it.

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