Top designers open their first store at city centre location

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

TWO acclaimed Limerick fashion designers are hoping their creative streak will defy the recession as they prepare to open a pop-up boutique in the city centre.

TWO acclaimed Limerick fashion designers are hoping their creative streak will defy the recession as they prepare to open a pop-up boutique in the city centre.

Award-winning dress designer Marion Murphy-Cooney and milliner Aisling Maher have teamed up to open a store on the corner of Catherine Street and Thomas Street.

This is both Marion and Aisling’s first time selling their designs from a city centre location – Marion who is originally from Kileely has a studio in Nenagh while Aisling operates her business from her home village of Castleconnell.

“They say the most creativity happens in a recession,” said Marion who specialises in bespoke, made-to-measure pieces. “It’s a pop-up boutique in the glass building. We have it until the landlord sells the building - we could be there for three months, we could be there for three years. We are hoping to be up and running by the end of the month.”

While Marion has had requests from boutiques to stock her creations, she felt that opening a store in the city centre herself would serve the exclusivity of her brand better.

“If somebody needs to come into the city, they can get a personal consultation from me and Aisling and their outfit is designed to their specifications. The prices will be worked to everyone’s budget too. The won’t be expected to pay thousands and thousands for something unique. We will have ready-to-wear as well,” she explained.

Her sentiments were echoed by Aisling who specialises in hats, headpieces and jewellery.

The 26-year-old who is a qualified architect started making headpieces two years. Her creations have even caught the eye of Oscar winner Catherine Zeta Jones who in 2010 purchased one of Aisling’s headpieces while in Adare during the JP McManus Pro-Am. “Myself and Marion were both looking for an opportunity to open a boutique and it just so happened that we found the perfect location together and it’s very exciting,” said Aisling.

It is envisaged that the shop will be open from Tuesday to Saturday.

*This is an abridged version of an article that appeared in the Limerick Leader weekend edition