The Maker

Nina O’Reilly

Nina O’Reilly is the founder and creator of West-Strand by Nina.

She was born in a small village called Westendorf in the Austrian Tirol. Growing up in the Alps was full of fun and adventure specially in the winter snow.

In 2008 she made my way to Ireland for a holiday. Shortly after arriving she heard about Strandhill in County Sligo, the place to be for surfing. So she headed to the Atlantic Coast in the North-West of Ireland. It didn’t take her long to fall in love and not only with the surf.

Coming from a creative family, handcrafting has always been very natural to her. Now calling Strandhill her home she has created a beautiful range of 100% wool products.

West-Strand by Nina was created.

West from Westendorf my home village in Austria and Strand from Strandhill the place I call home now.

The logo is also inspired by the Alps and the Atlantic Coast. West-Strand brings the mountains and the waves together, with a small ‘n’ for Nina.

Nina is proud to work with 100% natural fibres as she believes in sustaining  and championing them. 

Wool is

  • 100% natural 
  • Sustainable
  • Biodegradable
  • Renewable
  • Recyclable

Nina crafts beautiful pieces out of 100% Irish wool and 100% wool that she sources from Austria.


Nina is using only Irish grown lavender which is hand harvested and dried in Co. Wicklow.

Lavender has many benefits

  • Restore healthy sleep
  • Calm and soothing effect
  • Reduces headaches, anxiety, drepression
  • to only name a few benefits

Lavender is a high ranked sustainable crop as it does not rely on pesticides and fertilizers.