Fresh finds for style con­scious men

The Irish Times Magazine - - FASHION -

Alan Kelly, menswear buyer at Avoca, has an abil­ity to nose out in­ter­est­ing new brands from all over Europe. At a re­cent pre­sen­ta­tion in Kil­macanogue, he was on hand to show some of his finds from Bel­gium, Hol­land, France and else­where. They in­clude great printed shirts from New In Town from Am­s­ter­dam, Ab­bie & Rose from An­twerp ( to which Avoca has ex­clu­siv­ity) along­side hand­some mil­i­tary- style linen jack­ets from Hart­ford, the well- known French brand. There were also great jack­ets from Johnny Love in Nor­way, while Ve­donnaire re­mains one of its best­selling Ir­ish life­style ranges. Else- where, we loved the cam­ou­flage back­pack (¤ 179) from Stighlor­gan, an Ir­ish brand cre­ated by Chris­tian Bourke, a Lon­don- based Ir­ish de­signer now sell­ing his Ir­ish- in­flu­enced ac­ces­sories all over the world. Ap­peal­ing Re­peal event A spe­cial event, “Fash­ion is Re­peal­ing”, will take place on April 12th at the Atrium in Pow­er­scourt Town­house Cen­tre, Dublin, when “fem­i­nist war­riors” will be out in force to see the work of 11 fash­ion de­sign­ers each cre­at­ing a cou­ture piece as a re­ac­tion to Re­peal. It will also in­clude 50 smaller, more ac­ces­si­ble and col­lectible items such as tees, jew­ellery and hats. Or­gan­ised by An­drea Ho­ran of Trop­i­cal Popi­cal, de­sign­ers tak­ing part are Natalie B Cole­man, He­len Steele, Pearl Red­ding­ton, Chupi, Jill de Burca, Manley, Tis­sue, Caoimhe MacNe­ice, Louise Ka­vanagh and Sphere One. This show­stop­ping se­quinned top­per (¤ 550) by hat­maker Mar­garet O’Con­nor will cer­tainly turn heads and catch the lime­light. the­hun­re­alis­sues. com and re­pealeight. ie

Far left: Dress ¤ 750 by He­len Steele. Photo Eil­ish McCormick; Left: Alan Kelly with mod­els Dar­ren King and Paul Kerr at the Avoca menswear pre­sen­ta­tion in Kil­macanogue, Co Wick­low.

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