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Friday, March 25, 2011

Sample Sale at MacLeod Agencies

Studio 31, The Tower, Trinity Enterprise Centre, Pearse St, Dublin 2

Tel/Fax: +353 1 677 3104

Mob: +353 60430973


Macleod Agencies Sample Sale

Macleod Agencies will be holding their bi-annual sample sale on Friday 1st April 10am – 5pm and Saturday 2nd April, in The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

MacLeod Agencies will be selling our Autumn Winter 2011 samples for up to 90% off retail prices.

Brands on sale include Hoss Intropia, Gestuz, Turet Knuefermann, Northland, Bobi, Qi Cashmere & and NEW French brand Helena Sorel.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SS Collections at Coco Boutique

Coco Boutique has now introduced and is very excited about its Spring Summer collections for 2011 that intends to keep providing all its customers with amazing, exclusive pieces at the most affordable prices.

As well as some of our established labels we are very excited to introduce some new ranges to Coco Boutique this coming season;

Mimi Frou Frou

This beautiful label was introduced into Coco Boutique at the end of 2010 and has become hugely popular. Styles from this season's collection have already been seen on the red carpet circuit in Ireland this year.

Pink Soda

First launched 25 years ago, the designs were worn by the ‘it girls’ of the 80s and sold to the best fashion and department stores around the world. The label was at the cuttin

g edge of fashion and continues to delight the ‘it girls’ of today including Erin O'Connor, Sadie Frost and Kiera Knightley. Pink Soda is luxury; with unique hand-finished detailing, delicate embroidery and modern embellishments. The design-focused collection combines contemporary silhouettes with vintage styling.

LA Idol Jeans

Coco Boutique is always excited about the latest fashion coming from L

A and these amazing new jeans are no exception.


Established at the start of 2010 Hedonia is fast becoming one of the strongest

UK independent ladieswear brands and Coco Boutique is delighted to

introduce it into Dublin. Hedonia clothing makes its customer the envy of all their friends. Wear one of Hedonia's dresses and it's bound to raise a temperature or two!

The brands' mantra is that women should look and feel amazing every day not just at the weekend. Hedonia have created a range of clothing that caters for your whole lifestyle. From perfect cocktail dresses to easy to wear t-shirt dresses.

address: 40 clarendon street, dublin 2
phone: 01 899 4300

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Market, London where it’s quirky prints and easy shapes instantly won the hearts of shoppers and celebrities alike. The demand for seasonal collections meant the production needed to expand and soon the label was big enough to showcase at one of Britain’s largest fashion exhibitions. Visitors flocked to the stand as word spread about this exciting new addition to the fashion world… and so began the explosive growth of Mina UK.

Mina UK S/Summer Collection

Leave behind Autumn hues and embrace the Summer with Mina UK’s S/S 11 Collection.The collection takes inspiration from key catwalk trends by introducing ditsy floral prints and striking graphics together with Mina’s signature style.

Bursts of vibrant colour, dominating prints and beautiful draping are present in the Tribal Graphic theme. Featuring lightweight and floaty fabrics, ideal for every day wear, the African inspired theme is bang on trend for the sizzling summer heat. The firm favourite is the Egypt dress available in yellow and blue so everyone can embrace the Cleopatra in them.

Another key theme present in the collection is Vintage Garden, which incorporates muted floral designs and cutesy tea dresses. Vintage Garden compliments Mina’s signature styling whilst adding a hint of girly magic to evoke the ultimate in vintage chic. The hero piece is the gorgeous Philly dress available in dusty blue and soft pink: set to be every fashionista’s must have buy this season.

Phone: + 353 1 866 5280
Fax: + 353 1 899 1645
Mobile: 086 2622538

Distributor Details:

Paul Garvey Agencies
UNIT 285 Block G
Blanchardstown Corporate Park 2
Ballycoolin, Dublin 15

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Motel has rapidly established itself as the go-to brand for their fashionista dresses, so naturally their audience is the conspicuous, quirky girl; Eliza Doolittle, Marina and the Diamonds, Little Boots and Lily Allen are all supporters of the brand. The fashion press also love Motel’s veritable concept that an independent brand can look great, fit fabulously, but does not cost the earth. Motel’s most recent achievement includes winning Brand of the Year at the Drapers Award for 2010. The collection offers samples.

For Spring 11, Motel are putting colour back into our lives using an optimistic colour palette including 90s fluorescents and eye catching bursts in Motel’s signature prints. Styles to include dresses, shirts, pleated skirts and halter necks, focusing on elegant silhouettes. Fabrics will include 70s chambray, liquid lycra and some seasonal knockouts.

Phone: + 353 1 866 5280
Fax: + 353 1 899 1645
Mobile: 086 2622538

Distributor Details:

Paul Garvey Agencies
UNIT 285 Block G
Blanchardstown Corporate Park 2
Ballycoolin, Dublin 15

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nicky's Rag Tales

There are 74 Fashion Bloggers on the Irish Fashion Bloggers Facebook page and literally hundreds in the UK. When I started blogging a year and a half ago there was only a handful which just outlines the growth of the internet and the influence of the bloggers. If I was a boutique owner or a designer I would take the bloggers seriously and try to find ways of encouraging them to write pieces about their business. Competitions are one way of doing this, another is to remember to invite the bloggers to any in-store event or fashion show that you are involved in. Blogs remain on the web forever, print ends up in a dustbin, blogs engage with the readers and form relationships with potential customers, print does neither. Blogs can be on the internet within minutes of an event.

Today I was in Grafton Street at lunch time with my camera. A BT2 PR event took place and I had the photographs and a video on my blog less than an hour later. The press who were there with their heavy hitting cameras will have their pictures in the papers (if they are lucky) tomorrow. Take Blogging seriously and if you are brave enough consider starting your own. It really is easy but it does become addictive if you are any way like me!

Irish Model Faye Dinsmore has single handedly organised an Irish Fashion Awards Ceremony which is taking place in the Mansion House on 31st March. With Karen Millen and Model agency IMG on board as well as The Irish Times perhaps this will be an Irish Fashion night to remember. Have a fashionable week ahead….

Friday, March 4, 2011

Nicky's Rag Tales

An honest appraisal of where we are all at is most important as we review the selling and how things are ticking along in the showroom. To say that the past few weeks have been challenging is a bit of an understatement as election fever and depression gripped the nation and buyers who had nerves shattered either froze or ducked for cover. The fact that I sell lots of different collections was a huge factor in bringing the buyers in and writing orders. Falke, Jaeger and Yummie Tummie were selling well and the surprise new collection is Solsani which is from Germany and designed by the original Nicowa designers. It has really sold well and for a collection having its first outing in Ireland I’m very hopeful for it. One thing I have noticed that many of the buyers are telling me and that is that they want quality products which offer good value for money, nothing cheap and nasty!

The Futura fair was on in the RDS and was squashed into a small space because a certain election count was also taking place in the same venue! It was by all accounts a miserable affair. Just read a blow by blow account on the Lady website for a true and honest diary of their experience of the show and it doesn’t make for happy endings. I’m so happy to be in cosy showroom in Dublin working away and hoping that a new government can at least give people hope and encouragement. For the future of the Independent retailer in Ireland who are working harder than ever depends upon it.

I was interrupted yesterday by a call from Ryan Tubridy about Galliano and his spectacular fall from grace. You can hear the podcast by clicking on the link on my website but let’s just say I think it was ‘robust’ in nature!

Have a fashionable week ahead………

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Irish Designer Flying the Flag for Ireland in Norway


ONE of the country’s top fashion designers is to be featured as a judge on Norway’s Top Model TV Programme, providing a great showcase for the best of Irish design.
Jennifer Rothwell was chosen to judge a heat of the TV reality show which was held in Dublin last July and which will be broadcast in Norway to an audience of 220,000 on March 7th. Thousands more will see the programme online at under Top Model as soon as it has been broadcasted.
The programme follows the same format as the extremely popular America’s Next Top Model. When the crew was in Dublin, the ten models performed on the catwalk in front of Jennifer Rothwell, wearing her designs. Jennifer then choose the winner and the loser of the competition. The winner got to keep a Jennifer Rothwell dress.
According to Jennifer, the broadcasting of the programme on Norway’s TV3 to such a huge audience is a great opportunity to bring her designs to another market. “It’s also a great opportunity to showcase Ireland as an urban fashion hub.” she said.
A Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) peer mentor, Jennifer said it was fitting that the programme is being broadcast this year given that 2011 has been designated Year of Craft celebrating the 40th anniversary of the CCoI.
Failte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland, pitched against several other European cities to have the episode filmed in Dublin. “It was a huge coup for Dublin and Ireland to have won this pitch” said Jennifer.
Born in New York and raised in Dublin, Jennifer Rothwell graduated with honours from the National College of Art and Design in 1995. After graduation Jennifer went to New York where she got huge experience in the fashion industry working for high profile companies as Calvin Klein, Norma Kamali, Katayone Adeli and Yigal Azrouel at director level.

Jennifer returned to Ireland in 2005 and later launched her own label, Jennifer Rothwell. Just seven months after the launch the Jennifer Rothwell label won the "Brown Thomas Designer Mentor Programme Award” at Dublin Fashion Week in 2007. In January 2010 Jennifer won a highly commended New Product Award at the Showcase Expo and she showcased at the Irish Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo last year.

She was appointed a peer mentor for the Crafts Council of Ireland in June 2010 and plans to expane her brand into Scandanavia, the US and Asia.
For more information / images / interviews contact:
Jennifer Rothwell 085 721 0702

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Elvis Jesus Clothing

Established in London in 1997, Elvis Jesus Clothing has a distinct and edgy style that sets it above and beyond the rest of the clothing bombarding the fashion market nowadays. Whereas every other brand seems to be creating exactly the same designs repeatedly, Elvis Jesus is making one of a kind looks that jump out from the group.

Worn by Florence and the Machine, Laura Whitmore and our very own Kathryn Thomas, it's not at all for timid people who want to wear the basics. Elvis Jesus has roots in beautiful, individual and challenging clothes for men and women.

192West is the exclusive distributor of Elvis Jesus in Ireland & Northern Ireland.

Show Dates: The AW11 Collection is currently showing until 8th of March 2011

For appointments and look books please contact 192West:

20B Fashion City


Dublin 24


Phone: + 353 1 6870905