West End knitwear avail of the finest quality Irish Aran Knitwear. Our extensive range of products feature traditional Irish Aran Stitches throughout garments which are believed to bring luck, success and health to the wearer.
West End Knitwear Ltd. was founded in the village of Monasterevin in County Kildare. The company was established by Molly Cullen in 1957 following her creation of beautiful Aran designs alongside her mother and grandmother for many years.
Molly aimed to incorporate a family knitting business in which their heritage stretched back for over 100 years. Molly’s grandmother, Kate O’Shea, was one of the first craftswomen in Ireland to commercially market hand knitted woollens in 1856. Inspired by this, Molly Cullen identified a market for fashionable Aran style knitwear and established West End Knitwear Ltd in her home village of Monasterevin.
Keeping the long-treasured tradition alive, West End Knitwear Ltd was continued by Molly’s sons Paul and John Cullen who aim to incorporate the unique traditional aspects of their mother’s Aran sweaters into modern and wearable pieces. These imaginative styles would lead to setting the standard for modern Aran cable knit sweaters.
Where Are They Now?
West End knitwear is now one of the key manufacturers of Aran knitwear in Ireland. West End takes pride in being the first company to manufacture garments which were originally designed for those engaged in a rugged, outdoor life. They have since adapted to an ever-changing worldwide market.
Both Aran Crafts and Nua collections are manufactured using the finest quality materials: merino wool, pure new wool, linen/cotton, cashmere and introducing new super-soft merino wool.
100% Merino Wool Side Zip Hood Cardigan With Heart Design Natural Colour