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