The meaning behind the names...

Our Emer Black leather clutch bag

Many are Irish names; some were named people, some chosen for their meaning and some because they are simply a beautiful name. 

Overtime our classic collection has changed and evolved, with some designs more enduring than others, but any t names that were particularly special have been kept. Like the 'Emer' Clutch- our 3rd generation Emer! The first was a neat zipped backpack; the second a large handbag (I loved it but others, including Claire did not ). Emer is the name of my late mother, so it seems appropriate to start with her!

Emer - Large Clutch Bag

(pronounced ee-mer)  is an Irish girl's name of Gaelic origin meaning "swift".  According to Irish legend Emer was the wife of the hero Cúchulainn. Emer was said to possess the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, voice, speech, needlework, wisdom and chastity (!)  

Róisín - Saddle Bag

Red Leather Saddle Bag

Another name we have kept in our collection is the Róisín. This our medium saddle bag and our 2nd generation Róisín. The first was a shoulder bag designed in the 90s. Róisín is also the name of my eldest daughter, many of you will have met her over the years behind the counter.  We moved into our workshop in Burnham a month before she was born in 1993!

Róisín (pronounced row-sheen) is an Irish girl's name of Gaelic origin meaning "little rose".  "Róis' comes from the Irish "rós" meaning rose and addition of 'ín' to the end makes the former little.
The Irish name Róisín is associated with a 16th-century love poem called Róisín Dubh(meaning ‘Dark Little Rose’ ), written by an unknown poet. Overtime the poem was repurposed as one of Ireland's most famous political songs. The Róisín Dubh in the poem is believed to be a daughter of Earl of Tyrone, Hugh O’Neill best known for leading the resistance during the Nine Years’ War.