Belfast Telegraph

From Paris to Banbridge... top Irish designer's first store opens doors

An Irish fashion designer's first standalone store has opened in Co Down, creating four new jobs.

The 1116 sq ft Paul Costelloe menswear store opened yesterday at The Outlet in Banbridge.

The Dublin-born designer has been an established name in UK fashion for over 30 years. He trained and worked in Paris in the late 1960s before setting up his own label in Ireland in 1979.

Despite sometimes cutting a controversial figure - he famously dismissed Irish women's dress sense as "ambitious mutton" - Costelloe's first standalone store in the UK and Ireland is expected to be a popular draw for shoppers.

Pauline Tipping, The Outlet tenant liaison executive, said: "Paul Costelloe is a very welcome addition to our 56-strong store line-up here at The Outlet. The quality and value of the menswear on offer from this unique new store is exciting, especially in the run-up to Christmas where the village is already extremely busy."

Paul Costelloe store manager Ronnie Black said the store should benefit from being accessible to shoppers in the north and south of Ireland. He added: "As it is our first store, we are very excited about the fabulous range of suits we have on offer including all the accessories - shirts, jackets, ties, cufflinks."

The new shop is the latest to join The Outlet's list of tenants in 2011, with Next Clearance, Brand Centre, Mamas -amp; Papas, Double Two and Bella Gifts recently opening at the shopping complex.

Paul Costelloe concessions at House of Fraser stores in the UK were closed recently.