The coat


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There was one suit­case un­touched af­ter the con­tents of

Róisín Ní Mhórdha’s wardrobe was stolen while she was liv­ing in Am­s­ter­dam. In it were her much-loved over­coats, and in par­tic­u­lar, a grey wool Ni­cole Farhi favourite. “It was the first one I ever bought with my Christ­mas bonus back in 1994 while liv­ing in Lon­don,” ex­plains Róisín. She still wears it all these years later, along with a grow­ing col­lec­tion of state­ment coats from Peter O’Brien, her favourite de­signer. A coat is the last item you put on and the first one you take off, and yet it’s one of the hard­est-work­ing items, en­dur­ing all kinds of weather. For Róisín, who trav­els a lot for work, it is the wardrobe sta­ple that pulls an out­fit to­gether, al­ways al­low­ing her to feel el­e­gant and pre­sentable. “That’s the beauty of a coat, it’s so ver­sa­tile; it has to be prac­ti­cal and el­e­gant so that when I step off a plane into a meet­ing, it still looks pre­sentable. When you feel good in clothes, you stand taller. My coats def­i­nitely do that for me.” Although dev­as­tated by the rob­bery, it has made her more con­sid­ered in her pur­chases and more ap­pre­cia­tive of her in­vest­ments. She loves the sim­plic­ity, quirk­i­ness and at­ten­tion to de­tail Peter O’Brien brings to his de­signs, and tries to buy some­thing from each sea­son. “I try to sup­port Ir­ish de­sign­ers and love that I can show­case them in var­i­ous parts of the world through my work. Peter knows how to de­sign for women. He’s not afraid of colour, and there’s al­ways some­thing unique about the cut or tai­lor­ing.” A pocket at an an­gle, some un­usual stitch­ing – the re­sult is al­ways un­der­stated ele­gance with an edge, ex­actly how Róisín de­scribes her own per­sonal style. “It’s a quiet drama – mak­ing a state­ment, but not over the top – and I just love that.”

“When you feel good in clothes, you stand taller. My coats def­i­nitely do that for me.”

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