Aran Sweaters Direct
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The Finest Aran Knitwear
Ladies Aran Sweater
We have a large selection of ladies Aran sweaters both traditional and contemporary. Choose from gorgeous colors and various styles. All pieces made in Galway and shipped to your door.
Men’s Aran Sweaters
Chunky Irish knitwear sweaters, cardigans as well as tweed caps. Find your perfect style today.
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At Aran Sweaters Direct, our premium hand made cable knits are made in Ireland and inspired by the rugged landscape. We’re proud of our ingenuity, craft and love of Aran Knitwear developed over decades of experience. Our fisherman’s sweaters are fashionable, natural, and environmentally friendly, and they stay faithful to the Aran sweater’s past and fascinating history. We’re honored to support Irish Sheep farmers, crafts people and local jobs. We’re based in Dublin, Ireland and all of our orders are shipped throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.
The backstory of the Aran sweater dates back to the late 1800’s on the Aran Islands, small islands of Galway, and they were knitted for the local fisherman and unique knots were identifiable should the worst happen to a boat crew. The style of chunky knits somewhat resemble Celtic knot work and have remained a stable style in so many fashionista’s wardrobes. Take it from those who know, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Steve Mc Queen & Elvis Presley and by Chris Evans in the recent movie, Knives Out. There are many different types of stitch from old to new. They all have names such as the Basket Stitch, Blackberry stitch, Cable Stitch, Honeycomb Stitch and many more. These were all inspired by nature and the surroundings of the Aran Islands.
Proudly made in Ireland, our family business has evolved to become Ireland’s largest online Aran knitwear sellers over four generations. We are delighted to sell classic and contemporary Aran sweaters online from Ireland to the rest of the world. Each and every piece is made in Ireland by our skilled craftspeople that love and cherish each and every piece they design and create. We have a great respect for the land, our craft, the beautiful natural woollen materials as well as sustainability. From the moment wool is gathered from the sheep, send to the woollen mills, spun into yarn, our suppliers and crafts people demand only the finest materials so that the customer receives a premium product. Today we use various different materials such as lambs wool, merino, Alpaca and more so they are super soft against your skin, not like the sweaters of old.
The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, an Irish folk music duo that began recording in New York City in the late 1950s and adopted the Arans as their characteristic on-stage apparel, added to the popularity of the Aran jumpers. They performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in the early 1960s, as well as a special televised performance for US President John F. Kennedy. The rise in popularity of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, as well as national visibility, boosted demand for Aran jumpers even more. Even with all available knitters recruited from the three islands and other regions of Ireland in the 1960s, Socháin struggled to meet requests from all over the world.
Today Aran sweaters and other garments can be seen in Vogue magazine, on the New York Times, on Bloggers and influencers as well as high street and mall shops, showing the timelessness of this great design staple. You may have seen them worn by celebrities such as Alexa Chung, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Patterson, Kate Bosworth as well as Gwyneth Paltrow and ore recently by Taylor Swift, to name just a few
What we do
We make many different styles of ladies and men’s woollens. Discover your next piece here, from sweaters, cardigans, hats, scarves, throws and more, our Aran knits are in stock and ready to ship today.
At Aran Sweaters Direct, our sizing is accurate but if you’re not 100% satisfied, please don’t hesitate to reach out and send us your questions and we can accept your return for an exchange or refund.
We offer the option on free shipping on all purchases or else FedEx for urgent orders.
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“My order arrived very quickly and the super soft material is gorgeous against my skin. I’ll be recommending Aran Sweaters Direct to all my friends as well as coming back to shop for my own needs”