Designer: ROS DUKE
Ros Duke is a luxury cashmere knitwear label known for soft textured knits that emphasize impeccable craft and timeless modernity. The brand is led by a love of textiles, artisan process and good design, to create original knitwear.
About ROS DUKE
I feel have an instinctive memory of traditional Irish Aran knits which are very textured with amazing cables and raised patterns, I’m referencing these in a new way to create some exciting knitted textiles. I love bronze age Irish gold jewellery, some of which are over 4000 years old. They are hammered with patterns and that feel tribal and very feminine that unconsciously I keep seeing coming out in my work. I’m interested in getting surface texture into the knit. I want the pieces to be modern and wearable. Pieces you will live in and only gets better the more it is worn. I use the best quality cashmere so my knitwear lasts, and just like the old aran knits, I hope my knitwear will be around decades after they are made.
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I’m influenced strongly by the environment around me, I live close to the sea, and the weaving water, patterned sand and ancient rocks are inspiring. The sound of the rhythmic rolling of the waves sometimes sounds similar to my knitting machine as I use it! I explore ideas and swatch on my old domestic knitting machine and develop the knit textile first. I work with a group of women who live near me in Dublin. Everything is a small batch production, using the best quality Italian cashmere.