Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and the eldest of eleven children, Irish designer Caoimhe Ryan is a former investment banker who worked in the Latin American stock market while based in New York and London.
In an industry dominated by those with experience in design schools, or with internships in major fashion houses, Caoimhe’s investment background is definitely unconventional. However, without the constraints and rules of formal training, she has always been free to approach the possibilities in all of her designs with a fresh and completely unique style.
Both a painter and a sculptor, Caoimhe’s passion for art and her eye for design come from a strong artistic gene that seems to run in the family. She has always loved luxury knitwear and the long, cold, and damp Irish winters of her childhood reinforced that love.
On a trip to northern China in 2005, she discovered the softest most luxurious cashmere she had ever seen or touched. The following year, she designed an elegant cashmere robe and began her career with NUAN.
Caoimhe’s attention to detail is integral to her brand. It encompasses a recognisable, yet uniquely personal, sense of modern timelessness that sets her designs apart from other labels. This has, unsurprisingly, resulted in a loyal following for her collections, particularly the COCO collection with its tailored lines and fringe detail. The latest addition to Caoimhe’s designs is a wedding ensemble inspired in part by her wedding in Central Park, NYC on a crisp November day.