Thank you to Deirdre McQuillan for including me in her article, Saturday 29th September 2018, The Irish Times Magazine, on Irish Knitwear Designers, titled "Wool Wizards: The best Irish knitwear designers working today"
See below excerpt on Sian Jacobs
"Irish women are never more than five feet away from a little cardigan; it’s our damp weather and we like to layer up,” says Jacobs, who is self taught and whose sequinned cashmere scarves have become her signature. After completing a fashion course, she followed in her father’s footsteps as a textile agent in London for a few years working with Italian print mills. Blessed with a good eye and a feel for colour, she then became a fashion agent and discovered how popular cashmere was in the Irish market.
It was on a trip to Kathmandu in Nepal in 2008 with one of the first people to introduce pashminas that she found a knitwear factory and left some designs for samples. Launched at Dublin Fashion Week, the collection was an instant success, helped by the fact that she had already established a customer base and was conscious of customer feedback from the stores.
Her sequinned cashmere scarves and little cardigans have become best sellers and work for all ages and all events –weddings, christenings, travel, holidays. Each season she reworks established styles in new ways – her latest collection features combed cashmere with a felted look in plain colours – electric blues, yellows, geranium and digital prints. “Sleeve shapes have more volume this season – are wider and looser and not so close fitting – that’s what people want.”