Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland designer brings home London fashion hits

Derry show for NI woman who wowed London scene

By Donna Deeney

A designer from Strabane who made her dream become reality when her collection sold out in London Fashion Week last month is bringing it back home.

Lynsey McGarrigle (25), who stormed the event with her 'Signature By Haus Of MoHawk' collection will be taking part in Fashion Fest in the Guildhall in Londonderry next month.

A former model and beauty queen herself, Lynsey's love of fashion was nurtured at the North West Regional College where she completed a HND in fashion and textiles design.

After graduating in 2012, she set up Haus Of MoHawk, which she has since developed to include menswear and accessories.

Hot off the catwalk at London Fashion Week, Lynsey is preparing to bring her designs to an audience closer to home.

She said: "This will be my third year taking part in Fashion Fest. It is a fantastic event and a great platform which showcases inspiring and innovative designers.

"I developed a love of art and creativity at a very young age and after completing my degree I went on to develop the Haus Of MoHawk brand.

"At times it has been an uphill battle of determination, financial difficulties, self-doubt and perseverance against all odds because the dream is too much to give up.

"Despite the long hours and little time off, my dream is to build what I hope to be an internationally acclaimed fashion brand with strong roots within Northern Ireland.

"I'm someone who does not believe in luck, I believe in creating my own destiny.

"By keeping focused on the end goal I will be enough of a reckoning force to achieve my aspirations.

"To date the brand has been sold and featured in Australia, Canada, America, Asia and Europe in a variety of media publications, music videos, fashion shows, television and radio stations."

She added: "This collection usurps all that I am as an individual, as a designer and what the Haus Of MoHawk has to offer as a fashion brand, but still promotes the design ethos 'Always Dare To Be Different'."

The free Fashion Fest show will be held at the Guildhall on November 19.

Attendance must be registered by emailing

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