Established in 2014, Hata is run by Donegal native Ronan Hanna, who grew up steeped in the local tweed tradition. Ronan brings a contemporary feel to his custom tweeds while continuing relationships with local weavers and spinners. We recently asked Ronan a few questions to gain a greater insight into his creative process:
Tell us a little about what you make/design:
We design and handcraft tweed apparel and accessories from custom tweeds which are woven from locally sourced luxury merino and mohair yarns.
Could you describe your studio to us? What is your favourite thing about the
space and how do you get into the mindset of making?
Hata is based in Donegal town. The studio is in a constant need of cleaning/tidying which I attempt often but the result is temporary. The first thing is always music. Music might be the closest form of art, it certainly frees up the mind and gets it into a rhythm of creativity.
What is your favourite tool and why?
I have tailor’s shears which have been in the family for generations, which
amazingly are still sharp and use them daily.
What led you to choose this as a career?
I grew up in the tweed industry and having lived abroad and been away from it, wanted to explore the possibility of designing and producing a luxury tweed to produce clothing and accessories.
You can purchase Ronan's distinctive handmade tweed bow ties here.