Belfast Telegraph

Clothing firm's got it covered as going Dutch proves a winner

By Clare Weir

A Belfast clothing company is sending tunics to Amsterdam after taking part in a trade programme in the Netherlands.

Aria Clothing will sell to independent boutiques in the capital as well as other Dutch cities and has also signed up agents in Belgium and Sweden.

The firm is based at Somerton Industrial Estate in Dargan Crescent and employs 20 people in the design, make-up and marketing of the established Aria and Arianna fashion brands.

Aria Clothing took part in Invest Northern Ireland's Going Dutch programme, which also helped identify other opportunities in Europe.

Jenny Mullan, business development manager at the firm, said the scheme has proved extremely beneficial to the business.

"We now have over 80 independent boutiques stocking our garments in the Netherlands and the Dutch market accounts for 25% of our turnover," she said.

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