Carven out a niche
Take one old venerable fashion house, add a tall, dashing young designer and, voila — you have Paris’s hottest label, Carven.
Not only is chief designer Guillaume Henry easy on the eye, but he has style-setters shouting from the rooftops; Alexa Chung, Blake Lively and Emma Watson adore his designs, such as this trench, €415. He’s even been dubbed the new Saint Laurent!
It makes perfect sense, then, that the chicest name on the Champs-Elysees is coming to the chicest boutique in Cork city: Samui. This store is always choc-a-block with fantastic labels, and this year, to celebrate its 10th birthday, owner Clodagh Shorten has outdone herself, introducing to Munster’s capital not only Carven, but also LA label Vince and shoes from Opening Ceremony. Talk about celebrating in style! Samui, 17 Drawbridge St, Cork, tel: (021) 427-8080, or see www.samuifashions.com