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Síofra Caherty

FashionDesign Academic, Educator

Siofra Caherty is a Designer and Educator based in Belfast. She studied an undergraduate degree in Fashion Design and an MFA in Multidisciplinary Design. She has worked across the design industry, including outdoor clothing design in Ireland and Germany with Adidas, pattern cutting with Levi's in San Francisco, and medical device garment design in Ireland.


For the last 6 years, she has run her own sustainable design studio. Within this, she creates bags from reclaimed materials and clothing with a transparent supply chain. She works as a 'designer in the community' and teaches environmentally focused workshops within the community she is based in. Alongside this, she teaches sustainable design and entrepreneurism part-time at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.


She was awarded Future Maker of Ireland Awards in 2015, 2016, and 2021. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018 to research zero waste design. She was awarded an RDS Craft Bursary in 2022 which funded a 3-month bag making training course in Florence, Italy. In 2022, she was chosen as one of 27 businesses from across Europe to participate in the Small But Perfect sustainable fashion pilot programme. Within this programme, she developed a circular clothing range made from transparently sourced materials.

Síofra Caherty