Belfast Telegraph

AP McCoy's wife Chanelle opens fashion boutique

By Michelle Smyth

The royal ramily's love of horseracing means they are big fans of AP McCoy - but now it's his stunning wife who could be attracting attention from fashion fans such as Kate Middleton.

That's because businesswoman Chanelle has launched a new fashion venture with Camilla Parker Bowles' daughter, Laura Lopes.

After her favourite clothing store closed down, Chanelle took matters into her own hands and launched her own designer boutique near her home in the Berkshire town of Hungerford.

The multi-talented wife of the top Moneyglass rider joined forces with Ms Lopes and two other friends to launch Mojo and McCoy.

The Galway girl, who is already an established businesswoman in the pharmaceutical industry, said: "This really is one of those businesses launched over a glass of wine."

Chanelle said she and a number of other 'school-run mums' who have children at the private Pinewood School came together to open the boutique when their favourite store Jeanne Petitt closed after 30 years.

The store, which had sold designer and occasion wear pieces, counted the Duchess of Cambridge, her sister Pippa and their mother as customers and its closure had left a void.

"When I spoke to the other girls, it became clear that we had a good mix of skills, from preparing a business plan, to buying, to the more creative side, plus knowledge of the fashion labels that people really love. So we decided to go for it," she said.

The store stocks a number of top well-known names such as Diane Von Furstenberg, J Brand and See by Chloe.

Chanelle said she didn't want the top labels to put people off coming into the store.

"We know on price we're at the middle to high end for some clothing... but you'll also find some smaller items and I don't want anyone to not come in here because they think it might be out of their range," she said.

Chanelle added that in the era of online shopping, she hoped customers would pop into the store in order to see for themselves how great the clothes on offer are.

"Clothes are very personal, so I hope people will call in to see what we have to offer," she said.

AP, regarded as the greatest ever jump jockey after 4,000 wins, announced his departure from the sport last month.

The couple met at Punchestown racecourse in Co Kildare when she was 19 and he was 23.

In 2003 she moved to London to live with him and in 2006 they married.

The couple have two children and live in a five-bedroom house in Berkshire which boasts 30 stables on 80 acres of land.

Background

Dubbed the greatest ever jump jockey, AP McCoy is set to retire in April.

However, wife Chanelle will be busier than ever after opening a new boutique store. She will be juggling the fashion shop with jointly managing her father's successful pharmaceutical company and being a mum to Eve and Archie.

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