Úna Burke is a luxury leather accessories designer who utilises traditional leather-working skills in the creation of sculptural belts, corsets, jewellery, handbags and abstract body pieces. With her distinct construction technique, using leather panelling and brass fittings, Úna develops intricate forms from vegetable tanned bovine leather. This work is often concept based, with influence commonly taken from psychological and military sources.
Born and brought up in County Roscommon, in the west of Ireland, Úna now works from her studio in South London. She completed a BA in Fashion Design at Limerick School of Art and Design in 2003, and then worked in several Irish and UK design studios including those of Philip Treacy and Burberry. Returning to study in 2007, Úna completed an MA in Fashion Artefact with her graduate collection, ‘RE.TREAT', winning the ‘London College of Fashion, Off Catwalk Award 2009'. Having been featured in the following September's issue of Vogue Italia, Úna was then invited by Vogue to present her work during Milano Fashion Week spring/summer 10.
She has since gone on to win numerous national and international Awards and in 2011 alone, was chosen as Irish Designer of the Year and nominated for WGSN's Global Fashion Awards in New York. Úna's sculptural leather pieces have featured in Fashion, Art and Craft events throughout the UK, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, the US, China, Austria, Greece and South Korea. Úna now continually works closely with industry leaders such as Charlotte Stockdale, Patti Wilson, Nicola Formichetti, Robbie Spencer, Nick Knight, David Bailey and Francois Nars. She dresses style icons like Daphne Guinness, Rihanna and Lady Gaga to name but a few and her work appears regularly in the top international fashion bibles like Vogue Italia, i-D, Numéro, Dazed and Confused, Nylon and Collezioni. These distinct pieces can now be purchased from some of the best fashion and lifestyle boutiques in 15 countries and Úna regularly creates exclusive pieces for Museum Exhibitions, Films, Music Performances and Private Art Collections.