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PAU­RIC SWEENEY Done­gal-born Pau­ric Sweeney cre­ates arm candy la­bels pre­ferred by cool hunters than cer­tain celebri­ties. He stud­ied ar­chi­tec­ture rather than fash­ion. Since spend­ing time in Italy Sweeney has spe­cialised in bags for men and women. His de­signs (one of which is pic­tured top right, price € 1,390) were a big hit with Har­vey Nichols buy­ers. ANYA HIND­MARCH Anya Hind­march’s This Is not a Plas­tic Bag (pic­tured, right) was de­signed to re­duce the num­ber of plas­tic bags used in the UK. While the shop­per re­tails at the pocket-friendly price of ¤12, stocks are lim­ited, so guess what, wait­ing lists are ex­pected for this bag the minute it ar­rives into Brown Thomas in early July. MAN BAGS Men are in­creas­ingly will­ing to carry the male ver­sion of a hand­bag – the “man­bag” (a Dun­hill man­bag is pic­tured right, ¤550, Brown Thomas). Paul O’Con­nor, menswear buy­ing di­rec­tor at Brown Thomas, says: “Our most suc­cess­ful style is by Prada and is more brief­case-es­que. It's also big and brawny enough to sup­port a lap­top and doc­u­ments.”

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