Exclusive: First look at Paul Galvin's 'Born Mad' fashion range with Dunnes Stores
Published 04/08/2016 | 02:30
Footballer turned fashionista, former Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin, launches his latest menswear collection for Dunnes Stores today - with a nod to Nobel Prize-winner, Samuel Beckett.
"My third collection is again rooted in storytelling," said Paul. "This season, the line 'we are all born mad, some remain so' - from Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting For Godot' - provided the inspiration for the story."
It is a eulogy to Beckett, whose own personal style informs the range. There's a herringbone tweed blazer (€90) and lightweight stretch polo necks (€25) in grey and tan, to be worn under crew neck jumpers and shirts.
"The statement piece is the oatmeal Aran jumper. Made in Monasterevin, Co Kildare, this rib necked Aran is a play on a rib necked polo neck jumper worn by the playwright himself," added Paul.
The €60 Aran is made by a small family business and Paul says he feels strongly about production in Ireland, explaining: "It is local and adds to the story."
Key pieces in the range include a €70 deconstructed bomber jacket, which is from the early drops into store that also include a €50 denim over-shirt and a €45 collarless tartan shirt.
The €150 check overcoat and €70 brown leather boots arrive into store and online in October.
Paul's attention piqued when he read the 'madness' line spoken by Estragon in Godot, saying: "I found the quote interesting. It is not a commentary on myself."