Suits you sir - Paul Galvin moves up a gear
Published 05/03/2016 | 02:30
Kerry Fashion Week scooped an exclusive last night when former GAA star-turned-designer, Paul Galvin, showcased his new collection for Dunnes Stores for the first time at the KFW Awards Show in Killarney.
Paul's 'Push Collection' is his second for Dunnes and it was inspired by Michael Walker, a Dubliner from Fairview, who was a significant figure in Irish sporting and political circles a century ago.
Along with his brother John and four others - Ralph Mercredi, Matthew Walsh, Francis Guy and Bernard Doyle - Walker cycled in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. The team were given special dispensation to cycle under the Irish flag even though Ireland was under British rule at the time.
Michael Walker subsequently took part in the 1916 Rising cycling around Dublin in a three-piece suit, carrying despatches.
Paul debuted his '1916 Cycle Suit' made from a techno stretch wool fabric.
A waistcoat (€60) in the three-piece charcoal suit was inspired by a photo Paul saw of James Connolly.
Paul debuted the waistcoat at his wedding last December and it features buttons on only one side, the opposite side to the buttons on the tailored blazer jacket (€90).
A fast moving player during his heyday with Kerry, Paul sought out stretch fabric which allows freedom of movement in today's fast-paced, fitness-obsessed world.
Sporting references crop up time and time again in this contemporary wardrobe. While black and white are the main colours, there are team stripes of red, turquoise and white and there are back pockets on tees, another feature of life in the cycling peloton.
The suit was styled here by Paul with a standing collar white shirt (€45), a nostalgic look which fits in very well with the other contemporary pieces.
A plain white tee is given a sporty look with a hoodie collar insert (€30) goes on sale next month. As for Michael Walker, he and the Irish team travelled to the 1912 Olympics in Sweden by ferry.
The weather conditions around the Lake Talaren circuit outside Stockholm were rough with stormy winds and heavy rain.
Many teams opted out before the race. Ireland was one of the few teams whose full complement finished the race with a team position of 11th.
For this they received a special merit award.