Dress to im­press

The Irish Times Magazine - - FASHION STYLE - DEIRDRE MCQUIL­LAN

Benetti may sound Ital­ian but it is ac­tu­ally an Ir­ish menswear brand that has been around for al­most 20 years, although it is now much more com­pre­hen­sive in its mod­ern menswear of­fer­ing. Known for tai­lored wool coats, suits and blaz­ers, it is stocked in around 140- 180 in­de­pen­dent stores through­out Ire­land and the UK and is the of­fi­cial tai­lor to the FAI and the Ir­ish In­ter­na­tional Men’s Se­nior Team. You find on their web­site a pic­ture of play­ers Matt Do­herty, Shane Long and Ciaran Clark fin­ish­ing touches to their sharp dark blue suits for cor­po­rate events as well as one of Nicky Byrne look­ing dap­per in one of their tuxe­dos at a Danc­ing with the Stars event. Given that the Mag­a­zine De­cem­ber 1, 2018 win­ter wed­ding sea­son is now upon us, check out their wed­ding videos ( taken at the Cliffs of Mo­her and Dro­moland Cas­tle) with wed­ding out­fits for grooms and best men – blue with con­trast waist­coat and a bou­ton­niere be­ing very much a cur­rent trend.

Leane & McQueen

He wears a scapula, steel- tipped brogues, Roja Dove’s Am­ber Aoud in win­ter and his favourite web­site is TED. This is Shaun Leane, the jewellery de­signer known for his col­lab­ora- tions with Boucheron and Givenchy, but most fa­mously with Alexan­der McQueen for whom he de­signed the mem­o­rable coiled metal corset in 1999. Leane be­gan his ca­reer at the age of 15 in Hat­ton Gar­dens in Lon­don in di­a­mond jewellery and an­tique restora­tion and his work is now dis­played in the Vic­to­ria & Al­bert Mu­seum, the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum and in New York’s Metropoli­tan Mu­seum with fans that in­clude the Duchess of Sus­sex, Emma Wat­son and Kate Moss. His pieces can now be found in Weirs in Grafton Street where cov­etable items in­clude rose gold di­a­mond tusk ear­rings ¤ 695, sin­gle Arc ear­rings ¤ 110 each and black wo­ven leather wrap bracelets ¤ 195.

■ Far left: Three piece check suit by Benetti ¤ 279; left: Ser­pent’s Trace - a slim gold bracelet by Shaun Leane 605 at Weir & Co., Dublin

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