Zoë Carol is a contemporary womenswear brand founded in 2012 by former Horse & June vintage boutique owner Zoë Carol Wong. Zoë is at the vanguard of a new wave of Irish labels, informed by economy of expression and confidence of execution. The designs are characterised by a lack of girlish frivolity, displaying instead a calm self assurance and poised femininity. The Zoë Carol design language is spare, with uncomplicated tailoring conveying a minimal, timeless modernity and lightness of touch. Texture and structure are always at the fore, underscored by a neutral, organic colour palette. Simple clean lines and functionality are a defining feature of these effortless (future) wardrobe classics.
Born and raised in Hong Kong and Galway, Ireland, Zoë Wong graduated BSc(Hons) from Trinity College Dublin before moving to New York City to study Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design. Following graduation in 2009 she worked with International brands - TSE, Libra Leather and Pour La Victoire. It was during this period of apprenticeship that Zoë cultivated her knowledge of craftsmanship and raw materials, working in the fields of knitwear design, leather and shoe design. This innate respect for form, tempered with a modern sophistication, is evident throughout her work. In 2010 she explored the world of retail with her much-loved vintage store, Horse & June. After three years of invaluable experience at the buying/ sales coalface she folded the operation to concentrate upon her eponymous label, Zoë Carol. Positioned in the affordable luxury womenswear market, collections are designed and tailored in Kilkenny, Ireland.
2007 Graduated Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
2009 Graduated Parsons The Newschool of Design, New York
2010 Winner at the BEC Fashion Entrepreneur Competition
2011 Costumes for short ‘Storm in a Teacup’ shown at the 2011 Dublin Fashion Festival and the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney 2012
2012 ‘Ones to Watch’ at the Golden Egg Irish Fashion Innovation Awards
2013 Debut AW13 Collection featured on stocked at Atelier 27, Drury St, Dublin
2014 AW14 Collection exhibited at Scoop International, London
2014 Nominee at the IMAGE Breakthrough Designer of the Year at the Kerry Fashion Industry Awards
2014 SS15 Collection exhibited at Modefabriek, Amsterdam
2015 AW15 Collection exhibited as part of Creative Island at Showcase Ireland
2015 Nominee at the IMAGE Designer of the Year at the Kerry Fashion Industry Awards2015 Collections exhibited as part of Arthur Cox Best of Business Fashion Event in London & Belfast2015 SS16 Collection exhibited as part of Shanghai Fashion Week with TopBuyer UK
2016 SS16 & AW16 collections exhibited as part of Creative Island at Showcase Ireland