Press Coverage

Since its inception FRANC has received ample flattery with the Irish Times describing it as ‘Thoughtful... interesting... ambitious', The Independent branding it ‘a wide angle, beautifully-presented view of fashion’ and calling it ‘A super intelligent fashion and arts magazine’. 

Below are press clippings from the above as well as others such as RTÉ, Magculture and Le Cool.

Tn2 Article on Print Culture

We were delighted to talk to Louise Hynes from tn2 on Dublin's print culture.

 "You need only attend the magazine’s launch parties to witness the extent of this community. From contributors to readers, all are unanimous in their shared enthusiasm for fashion, print culture and of course, free Jameson. However, the readership is broader than I initially imagined. Both Briony and Adam assure me that their demographic is highly dynamic, and constantly growing. Briony attributes FRANC’s appeal to the emotional conscience at the heart of the magazine. “We ultimately are dealing with the ideas and emotions behind fashion and that’s something everyone can relate to,” she explains."

Irish Times Magazine

"A thoughtful essay by Briony Somers on masculinity, menswear and masculine codes in dress is just one of a number of interesting items in the third issue of the Irish fashion magazine, Franc.

Pioneered by Somers, a model and TCD philosophy student, the magazine’s ambitious aim is to create intelligent and accessible conversations about fashion and includes an essay by Jessica Bagnall who has worked with Lanvin in Paris and Haider Ackermann on the Vetements phenomenon and ‘concept’ clothing."

Ed note: Briony studies History and Political Science in TCD.

Totally Dublin

Our third issue was featured in Totally Dublin's Roadmap to October.

"Independent fashion and arts magazine Franc launched its third issue late last month. The issue is themed "Pretence" and features contributions from founder Anna Cosgrave (who gave a contribution at our launch) as well Polaroid-captured high fashion (which we feature on our Instagram)."

For more information on Anna's work at Repeal see and our polaroid captured high fashion can seen here.


Mention in MagCulture

"Franc, a biannual fashion magazine, is one of my top favourite local mags. It’s one to watch out for!...

Well, if you believe what you read, the print media has been on its deathbed ever since the birth of the Internet. But it certainly feels like someone forgot to mention it to the creatives here in Dublin. GutsThe BlowWe Are Dublin or Franc – just to name a few – are more than just magazines: they are premium products! So I think that would be the biggest change I have noticed since we launched KIOZQ. The Dublin publishing culture is thriving!"

The lovely Marta from Kiozq speaking to the wonderful MagCulture. 

Irish Times Magazine

Irish Times Magazine ran a small feature on FRANC following the launch of issue two, written by Deirdre McQuillan. 

"The second issue of Franc, a bi-annual magazine exploring fashion "as an in-depth effort with a dose of humour", has been launched by its editors, TCD students Briony Somers and Lauren Henshaw. Somers, who worked as a fashion model for John Rocha, has an essay arguing that fashion's cultural output should be valued "for how it makes us feel". Clementine Yost reveals how a dress became her armour, Isobel D'Arcy describes the consequences of losing her mother's prized jumper on a pub crawl and Brian Teeling discusses his obsession with workwear. The spreads were shot in Dublin." — Deirdre McQuillan