BLANAID HEN­NESSY OWNER, FOLKSTER FASH­ION STORES

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - THE LOVES OF MY LIFE -

The per­son My en­tire fam­ily is in­cred­i­ble — I am very lucky. But Conor Lang­ton is most def­i­nitely the main love. He’s an il­lus­tra­tor; I like the way he looks at the world, he’s sup­port­ive, and, cre­atively, he inspires me hugely The mem­ory I looked around me at Folkster’s last Kilo Sale and saw Conor, my fam­ily, friends and the Folkster team work­ing so hard to make it hap­pen. That re­al­i­sa­tion of be­ing sur­rounded by bril­liant peo­ple will stay with me for­ever The mo­ment of the day I’m not go­ing to lie — get­ting home af­ter a long day and tak­ing my bra off. I love play­ing dres­sup, but I’m a com­fort hound when I get home The song I love ev­ery­thing from Sigur Ros to 1990s R&B, but for time­less ‘giv­ing me emo­tions’ it has to be This Woman’s Work by Maxwell, or To Build A Home by the Cin­e­matic Or­ches­tra The movie I’m def­i­nitely a re­cent con­vert to, and now ad­dict of, older movies — any­thing with James Ste­wart or Cary Grant. So far, my favourite has been The Apart­ment with Jack Lem­mon and Shirley MacLaine — it’s just ge­nius The hero My par­ents — we got lucky in the par­ent lot­tery. They’re mad as hat­ters, in­spi­ra­tional, funny, hard-work­ing and hon­est, de­cent peo­ple The book I love read­ing, but the busier I get, the harder I find it to stay awake at night. In­stead, I ba­si­cally eat books when I travel, and re­cently read Ask­ing For It by Ir­ish au­thor Louise O’Neill — the book has an im­por­tant, em­pow­er­ing, in­cred­i­ble mes­sage that can’t be ig­nored The out­fit We’ve just se­cured some new LA stock for Folkster, and my cur­rent favourite go­ing-out rigout is one of our black, dis­tressed gra­di­ent tops, a linen eye­let skirt, our new vel­vet heels, and a choker neck­lace The ac­ces­sory I bought a vin­tage leather belt with a pouch for my phone/card/lip­stick in Canada on a trip re­cently, al­though I am get­ting adamant with our sup­pli­ers that ev­ery­thing needs pock­ets! Ev­ery­thing! I think they’re sick of me ask­ing for things with pock­ets and/or sleeves at this stage The gad­get Bor­ingly enough, it’s my iPhone — be­tween mails, our Folkster In­sta­gram, Face­book and Twit­ter, etc, I’m pretty much on it all the time The pet hate I hon­estly don’t take of­fence eas­ily, but I once had some­one as­sume that my dad or an­other man must surely be ‘the brains’ be­hind my business. My­self and Paula [lo­gis­tics man­ager, Folkster] had a good laugh about it, and then got back to work The friend Oh no — this is im­pos­si­ble! I love all of my friends, but I’m so lucky to have a sis­ter like Roisin, and my broth­ers, Aran and Eoin The beauty prod­uct I use Jan Marini prod­ucts. They last ages, so I just save money on the cheaper prod­ucts I used to buy, and in­vest in this range in­stead The hol­i­day Conor and I re­cently vis­ited Texas and New Or­leans, and Sa­van­nah, Ge­or­gia on a buy­ing road trip, which was in­cred­i­ble. Marfa or Gruene in Texas were highlights The piece of ad­vice “Work hard and be nice to peo­ple” — we live by that in Folkster, and I hope our cus­tomers feel it when they visit. Our team are smart, lovely folks, ea­ger to learn the business of fash­ion The drink Dry mar­tini with ginger ale — it’s pretty light, which is per­fect for me, as I am a com­plete light­weight. I used to love go­ing out, but that’s pretty much game over since the stores opened. I’m just not able for the hang­overs The ho­tel Conor’s fam­ily ho­tel — Lang­ton House Ho­tel in Kilkenny. The hard-work­ing team there are in­spi­ra­tional, and they are con­stantly push­ing the de­sign bound­aries The bar The Mar­ble City Bar on High Street, Kilkenny, be­cause it also serves my favourite meal: the chicken and chorizo salad The hobby I do love when Conor and I man­age to get the same night off to watch some­thing like Mak­ing A Mur­derer. Is it ridicu­lous if I also say my job is like a hobby? I just love it — even with the stress and re­spon­si­bil­ity, it’s all part of an over­all won­der­ful pack­age The part of my body I’ll go with my brain — at least I know that when I don’t have time to ex­er­cise the rest of me, that part is still be­ing chal­lenged and trained and ed­u­cated on a daily ba­sis. I know I’ll get it wrong some­times, but all I can do is keep try­ing to learn to be bet­ter The celebrity Amy Hu­ber­man and An­gela Scan­lon. It’s in­spir­ing to watch them work hard, live a full life, and be such gen­uinely de­cent peo­ple The virtue Noth­ing can beat ba­sic ‘good­ness’ — I have been over­whelmed by the sup­port of our cus­tomers. They take the time to make us feel proud of what we do The vice An in­abil­ity to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our ac­tions is one vice that can start small enough, but lead to huge is­sues. We take the power out of mis­takes in Folkster by mak­ing them learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. It’s as Oprah Win­frey as it gets, but it works for us! The smell The sea. Noth­ing clears my mind like be­ing by the beach. Al­most any­thing can be solved by a walk in the fresh air with a good lis­tener. Oh, and also new­born ba­bies — not the nappy end The taste Any­thing baked by Ger, Rose­mary or Dolores in my fam­ily, es­pe­cially my ad­dic­tion — cof­fee cake. I have turned to toast with Ker­ry­gold but­ter and mar­malade as my com­fort food since I was about four. You can’t beat it

Folkster, 27 Pa­trick St, Kilkenny; 9 Eus­tace St, D2, see folkster.com In­sta­gram: @shop­folk­ster

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