Designers bring Parisian chic to Limerick city with launch party

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

TWO local designers with international appeal brought a touch of Paris to the city when they unveiled their new store on Sarsfield Street with a French-themed launch party.

TWO local designers with international appeal brought a touch of Paris to the city when they unveiled their new store on Sarsfield Street with a French-themed launch party.

Aisling Maher and Marion Murphy Cooney - designers who create bespoke fashions made to order - officially opened their new pop-up shop ‘The Design Atelier’ on Sarsfield Street, on Saturday night.

The designers, who were previously based on Catherine Street, are also giving other Irish accessory designers the opportunity to display and sell their designs in the store.

“When people come in to buy from us, they are buying exclusively Irish – everything is bought in Ireland and manufactured in-house as well. They are supporting local jobs by doing that. Hopefully it will progress to bigger things,” said award-winning fashion designer Marion Murphy-Cooney who has dressed many of Ireland’s familiar faces including Miriam O’Callaghan and Limerick’s style queen, Celia Holman Lee.

On arrival at the party, guests were serenaded by a jazz band while enjoying a glass of bubbly to celebrate the new venture.

A mini fashion show featuring models from the Holman-Lee Modelling Agency gave visitors a taste of what to expect on the rails and shelves of the boutique.

“It was very well-received,” said milliner Aisling Maher who has created pieces for numerous high profile individuals including the Oscar winning actress, Catherine Zeta Jones.

The party, Aisling explained, had a French theme with old French music playing in the background while scenes from old French films were projected onto the walls. Both Marion and Aisling have featured on TV3’s Xpose, RTE’s Nationwide and the Brendan O’Connor Show.

Drawing on the influence of her training as an architect, Aisling, who hails from Castleconnell, creates hats, headpieces and fashion accessories.

Having spent six years studying and working as an architect she has used this design experience along with time spent studying millinery in the London College of Fashion to create her pieces.

Marion meanwhile, who has over 10 years experience in the fashion industry is a former student of Limerick School of Art and Design. She is now based in Nenagh.

For further details contact Aisling Maher on 086 3007283 and Marion Murphy-Cooney on 086 8617180 or log onto www.aislingmaher.com and www.marionmurphycooney.com