Bag that bargain
Louloubelle Bags owner Louise O'Leary has donated 100 specially designed handbags to the Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT), with all profits from the bag sales going to the charity.
The 'Hazel' bag, named after handbag designer Louise's own rescue mare, is an exquisite dark-brown leather bag, made in northern Italy by an atelier who uses only ethically sourced Tuscan leather.
Normally sold at €500, Louise has them at €250.
"Having rescued horses myself, I wanted to help the IHWT, and the most obvious way for a designer to help is to design, and so I came up with the 'Hazel'," she said.
"We need to be mindful of the hundreds of ill-treated and starving horses in Ireland who are unwilling victims of the downturn in the economy."
Sharon Newsome, co-founder of the IHWT, said the charity was grateful to Louise and Louloubelle Bags for all the work they put into designing and making the bags.
"IHWT receives welcome but limited Government funding, and we rely on the goodwill of the public to generate over €300,000 annually to run Ireland's only dedicated equine welfare centre," she said.
"It is hoped the sale of the bags will raise much-needed funds for the horses in need, and that anyone who buys the bag not only helps the charity, but also gets a beautifully designed and crafted handbag."