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Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - UPDATE - Paul Costel­loe

The 72-year-old Ir­ish fash­ion de­signer, who started his own de­sign house more than three decades ago, is known all over the world and has a store at The Boule­vard in Ban­bridge, for­merly known as The Out­let

What is your ear­li­est mem­ory Be­ing stuck in a pram un­der a tree in our back gar­den, with the rain com­ing down. Who is the most im­por­tant per­son in your life? My fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor. Shock us — tell us some­thing sur­pris­ing about your­self. I’m the youngest of seven chil­dren and have many happy mem­o­ries of child­hood. One of these was my sis­ter’s wed­ding in the back gar­den of our home. There was a mar­quee put up and I re­mem­ber run­ning around, pos­si­bly caus­ing trou­ble.

I also re­mem­ber fam­ily pic­nics at White Rock beach in Dublin, with my whole fam­ily and our two dogs — the free­dom of that time is what I re­mem­ber the most. What is your great­est fear? Grow­ing old and not be­ing able to do the things I love. What makes you most happy? Vis­it­ing cities I’ve never been to be­fore. I vis­ited St Peters­burg last Fe­bru­ary for the first time. It was very at­mo­spheric and surely the Mari­in­sky bal­let is the best in the world.

I was in Tokyo last year and we also vis­ited Ka­maishi, which was dev­as­tated by the tsunami in 2011. It was an emo­tional trip and speak­ing to fam­i­lies who were af­fected by it will stay with me for­ever. They were so brave.

I would love to visit Mex­ico, San­ti­ago in Chile and also Ha­vana, Cuba, once time al­lows it! And your big­gest re­gret? I don’t have any re­grets. I’m for­tu­nate in­deed. How do you chill out? I en­joy go­ing for a jog, play­ing a game of ten­nis with which­ever of my six sons are free and get­ting to the the­atre reg­u­larly. What’s the most im­por­tant les­son you have learned in your life? To be pre­pared for the down­side. Dur­ing 2011 the com­pany that was man­u­fac­tur­ing my ladieswear brand went into dif­fi­cul­ties. It took all my stamina and self be­lief to get back on the horse and re­struc­ture.

My best ad­vice is to al­ways fol­low your in­stincts. The book, the song and the film that means the most to you and why? For the book, I would choose The Boy in the Striped Py­ja­mas by John Boyne. It’s beau­ti­fully writ­ten. My top song is You’ll Never Walk Alone be­cause hear­ing it be­ing sung by 60,000 Liver­pool sup­port­ers at An­field is an ex­pe­ri­ence within it­self. And for my favourite film, I would choose Three Bill­boards Out­side Eb­bing, Mis­souri... I cer­tainly didn’t fall asleep! If you could change one thing about your­self what would it be and why? I’m an im­pul­sive per­son. It can get me in trou­ble at times. I need to work on that. Paul Costel­loe, who is from Dublin and lives in Lon­don, formed one of the UK and Ire­land’s most recog­nis­able de­sign houses with a grow­ing pres­ence around the world since its launch more than 30 years ago. His de­signs, which are on sale at The Boule­vard, Ban­bridge, are the epit­ome of so­phis­ti­cated el­e­gance mixed with a con­tem­po­rary edge

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