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Robyn Lynch's F/W 19: Interview With Robyn Lynch

 Robyn Lynch's FW 19

 

X: Your proud Irish Heritage shines through very clearly in your collections, explain to us a bit about your inspiration process? I read you rely on the RTE Archives which would be Ireland’s version of the BBC--can you explain a bit how you find inspiration and turn that into a well-rounded collection?

 RL: My inspiration always starts at home. My mam is a hoarder which has become very useful in the last few years when searching for inspiration. It will start as a discussion around the kitchen table and then the photograph press gets opened in the house and we start looking through and telling stories. This is the part I love and enjoy most because my dad is a character and a photo will always have the funniest story behind it. I then develop the initial ideas with the aid of the RTE archives. You can search for a particular date and get all news articles and programs from that time. It is an endless source of information. Turning it into a collection just happens then quite naturally and will start with key pieces from these images and footage which I then grow into looks and fill out through my personal style too.

 Robyn Lynch's FW 19

X: Your signature which has been developed and made apparent to the consumer in a very short period of time consists of color-blocked, hybridized Arran knits. Can you give us a look into your dying and mixing process? 

 

RL: My dying and mixing process comes from my background in Textiles from the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. Here I learned the skills for printed textiles and dyeing processes. This is an important part of the collection for me as I am very particular with shades and colours. A look into this process would be my hands and nails permanently dyed a shade of blue with lots and lots of handwritten notes and calculations on every scrap of paper I can find around me when mixing. Sometimes written on  my hands or arms too. Below is an example of pages from a notebook when dying the knit for my MA collection. This collection was colour matched to the Irish Flag. 

 

 Robyn Lynch's FW 19

X: Your ‘impressively cohesive’ graduate collection caught the eye of renowned Menswear Critic, Charlie Porter followed by that of Fashion East--if it weren’t for those key players where do you think you would be today?

RL: I wonder this myself every day and I really don't know the answer, but I am quite a messy person when it comes to portfolio, I'm not sure my technical drawings could have got me a job so I am quite lucky it has all worked out this way. 

 Robyn Lynch's FW 19

X: How’s your recent move from Ireland to London been for a very proud Dublin-er like yourself? Has there been any homesickness? I’d imagine when your collections are so closely inspired and contrived from your Irish-ness, there may be some homesickness--how’s the transition been for you? 

RL: I studied over here for two years and lived here for interning back in 2015 so London does feel like a second home to me. Homesickness normally kicks in on a Sunday evening when there is no roast on but I have some family over here along with half of Ireland so sometimes it really doesn't feel so different. I also have a great team of Interns who is 70% made up of Irish students so we keep the spirit alive in the studio.

 Robyn Lynch's FW 19

X: In a world of overthinkers, you’ve been able to not over-intellectualize fashion and design Casualwear for a broader market. What can you contribute to the success of your craft and cohesiveness to? How did your past education play a role? 

RL: Thank you, That really means a lot and I think it just stems from my personality of being quite straight forward mixed with a bit of previous education. When studying my Masters at the University of Westminster, Ike Rust would always ask if you liked what you were designing/making. I think this is something I try and ask myself every day in an aim to keep relevance within the clothes. 

 

 Robyn Lynch's FW 19

 

X: If there was one meal you had to eat for the rest of your life what would it be?

RL: I'm not just saying this to be cliché but it would honestly be Irish soda brown bread and Kerrygold butter.

 Robyn Lynch's FW 19

 Robyn Lynch's FW 19

 

 Robyn Lynch's FW 19