Kerry Fashion Week (KFW) are delighted to announce that we will be showcasing some of the new collection from Úna Burke, the multi-award winning Leatherworker, Accessories Designer and Artist, at the KFW Irish Fashion Industry Awards in the Europe Hotel & Resort on Saturday 8th of March.
Among Úna’s clients are Daphne Guinness, Phillip Lim, Lady Gaga, The Simone Handbag Museum in Seoul, The National Museum of Ireland, Rihanna, Madonna, i-D magazine, Joyce Boutique, The Crafts Council of Ireland, On Pedder, Heidi Klum, Elva and Dazed and Confused Magazine.
Brought up in Ireland and now working from her south London Atelier, Úna uses traditional leather-working techniques in the development and refinement of her distinct construction identity of leather panelling joined with brass fittings. Applying this construction to all of her creations, Úna makes both seasonal fashion accessories collections and larger sculptural art pieces. The accessories collections consist of handbags, belts, jewellery and abstract body pieces, while the art pieces are figurative in form and are developed on a commission basis for private art collections, public exhibitions and for various museum archives. Every single piece produced in the Úna Burke leather atelier is crafted completely by hand, from British and Italian Vegetable Tanned leathers and Italian sourced fittings. Vegetable Tanning is a method of treating the leather which is more kind to the environment so the Úna Burke brand has been awarded the Positive Luxury ‘Blue Butterfly’ seal of approval.