LISTEN: Folkster’s Blanaid Hennessy Tells All About Her Brand’s Beginnings

It’s time for your latest instalment of beauty chat…

The Glow Up is back for another special episode, and this week host Jade Hayden is chatting to businesswoman and founder of Irish fashion brand Folkster, Blanaid Hennessy.

Blanaid was the winner of the Fashion Retail Award (sponsored by Lindt) at the eir VIP Publishing Power of Women awards last year, and she’s joining us on the latest episode of The Glow Up to chat her business beginnings, the evolution of her brand, and of course, her love of all things glam.

Folkster was founded in 2008 by stylist Blanaid as a vintage store in Kilkenny. They have since become one of the most recognisable names in independent Irish fashion, boasting an array of bridal gowns, intricate accessories, and more.


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Products mentioned:

  • Sculpted By Aimee Satin Silk Longwear Foundation
  • Sculpted By Aimee Bare Basics Palette
  • YSL Touche Éclat High Cover Concealer
  • AYU Cosmetics Instant Under Eye Concealer
  • DIOR Diorshow Black Out Mascara
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator
  • Pestle And Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
  • Bare By Vogue Face Tanning Serum
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo
  • Skingredients X Cleanse Off Mitt

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You can listen to the episode in full below: