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The Beginning

I have been working on HannahMaria Shanahan for the past few years, perfecting my designs and creating a business which is kind to our planet. Garments that are comfortable, sustainable and high quality are the foundation of HannahMaria Shanahan.

I started my professional working career in the hospitality industry where I’ve developed a keen eye for detail from working with the best professionals in the world's most luxurious, exclusive 5 star hotels and resorts. After graduating from Shannon College of Hotel Management in 2016 I changed my career and moved to New York in pursuit of my passion for fashion. I worked for the biggest independent fashion designers in the world in Manhattan, on West Broadway at Flying Solo. This was the beginning of my fashion journey.

I came back to London and used my training, experience, knowledge and integrated it into my craft in fashion by creating luxurious and original pieces in addition to items following established fashion trends and making it my own. I want to use the best quality yarn and craftsmanship in the world. I am lucky I can find this at home in Ireland. We source our yarn from a six generation family run wool mill in County Kilkenny, Ireland where sustainability, craftsmanship, quality and being ethical are their primary business principles. Their weaving heritage goes back to 1778 and first established their mill in 1204 by Cistercian monks.

From a young age I have always loved fashion, being able to do this everyday is a blessing. It was not an easy journey to do this and changing my career was a challenge but in the end it was worth the sleepless nights and tears. I want to let you know, you can follow your passions in life, and don't be scared of what might happen and especially of what people think of you. Don’t be scared to get uncomfortable, the anxiety and frustrations of going down the labyrinth maze of the unknown. Try to enjoy the learning process of your new craft, be humble and work hard. You should be scared to stay in the same position you were yesterday, take baby steps, work on your craft each day and before you know it, you will be doing it full time.

Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.

Hannah x


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