Building on County Kildare’s long and fine history in fashion and textiles, Kildare County Council acquired an old bank building in Monasterevin (pictured below) and undertook a feasibility study for it to be redeveloped as the proposed Fashion and Textile Design Hub for the County’s entrepreneurs in this space.

It is envisaged that the Hub will be a not-for-profit social initiative to support newly graduated designers, established designers and SMEs in the Fashion and Textile industry of Kildare and the Mideast of Ireland.

The circular economy will provide the foundations of the Hub’s operating model by way of using waste material from the textile industry as the tools for product development and training of the next generation of creators.

As well as assisting the County’s community of creators, KCC will support the training and upskilling of new entrants, school-leavers and the unemployed to entrant this vibrant sector.