Enniscorthy designer Jack has a fashionable future in his sights

By Amy Lewis

Published 25/06/2016 | 00:00

Jack Roche.
Jack Roche.
One outfit from Jack's winning collection.

Keep the name Jack Roche in mind as the Enniscorthy man has a future in fashion in his sights.

The young fashion design student from the Milehouse proved he has what it takes to make it in the cut-throat design industry when he scooped the Future Maker Overall Student of the Year Award for 2016. His unique and colourful collection won him €2,000 in the competition, which is run by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland for emerging makers.

Though Jack was unable to attend the awards ceremony in the Dean Hotel, he was thrilled to receive such recognition. According to the 23-year-old, he 'still can't believe' that he won the award.

'I honestly did not believe I would win. There is such a high standard every year in the Future Makers over a broad scale of design and craft, from furniture making to metal work. I am so grateful to receive the award,' said Jack, who is a former student of St Mary's CBS.

Jack, who is going into his final year of fashion design in Limerick School of Art and Design, took inspiration from his family for his winning collection. By blending his Irish and Cypriot cultures together, he managed to win over the judges Michael Eden and Sasha Sykes.

'I looked at traditional Irish and Cypriot costume and techniques such as basket weaving and embroidery. I used traditional fabrics like wools, linen, muslin and hessian and kept the colours patriotic using Irish greens and whites with Cypriot reds and navies,' he explained. 'For every collection I try to keep it personal; that way it seems more unique.'

Jack is currently undertaking internships in London with designers Charlie May and Bobbie Abley. In September, he will begin his final year in college and he hopes that his recent winnings will help him to fund his graduate collection.

Although he is still studying, Jack is already getting his name out there. His collection is currently stocked in 2nd Space Dublin in Stephen Street as part of the young designer project. By keeping his portfolio site www.jackrochemilehouse.wix.com/fashiondesign updated, he is hoping that his flair for fashion will catch some eyes further afield.

Once he graduates, Jack hopes to go on to do a masters, work in America and Asia and eventually, set up his own label. In the meantime, he is also nominated for the Dublin Fashion Festival 'Young Designer of the Year' competition, which will take place in September.

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