David Barton and Samuel Harney are two young men in their early twenties from a small village called Eadestown, located just outside Naas in County Kildare. The two lads have been friends since they were three years old, having attended the same playschool and primary school together. They have always wanted to start a business together and they were never really sure of what route to go. They started Club Nine Collection clothing brand in 2020 and have been going from strength to strength ever since. The clothing brand isn’t just any ordinary brand it’s extremely fashionable and also sustainable. The young men said they didn’t want to be “just a sustainable brand” but also wanted to be something really cool and fashionable that people would want to wear. This is something that they think makes them stand out from other sustainable brands because they think many sustainable brand only appeal to the eco-friendly cohort and forget that people want to be both eco-friendly and fashionable. The Club Nine clothing collection is 100% made from a mixture of organic cotton and recyclable polyester.
The Barton and Harney say that they work well together because of the long standing relationship they have. “We never walk on eggshells around each other.” Barton said. “ Yea, If I need to do college work and I know I can’t put as much time into working that week it’s no problem” Harney replied, adding “I know David will pick up the slack that week and I’d do the same for him another week, it’s never a problem.” When asked about what advice they would give to young people trying to start their own business Harney said “Stop listening to other people”, Barton added “Yea most of the people who laugh at you or criticise what you are doing have probably never tried to do anything themselves.”