Thursday 29 September 2016

Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney are back on the shelves as they prepare to unveil latest Dunnes Stores collection

Published 09/02/2016 | 07:29

Brendan Courtney & Sonya Lennon pictured at the Lennon Courtney & Loulerie showcase Spring/Summer collections at the Grafton Suite, Westbury Hotel. Photo: Anthony Woods
Brendan Courtney & Sonya Lennon pictured at the Lennon Courtney & Loulerie showcase Spring/Summer collections at the Grafton Suite, Westbury Hotel. Photo: Anthony Woods

It's full steam ahead for the top stylist and former RTE presenter Sonya Lennon, who will unveil her latest collection with Brendan Courtney later this month.

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Last weekend saw her dressing Pamela Flood for her appearance on the Ray D'Arcy Show in their label Lennon/Courtney.

She has revealed how their new spring/summer offerings will hit the shelves in Dunnes Stores on February 20 as they continue building their brand.

The stylist is also busy working with her charity Dress for Success which helps women return to the workforce with a raft of support services.

Brendan Courtney and Sonya Lennon arrive the Irish Premiere of The Great Gatsby at The Savoy, Dublin.
Brendan Courtney and Sonya Lennon arrive the Irish Premiere of The Great Gatsby at The Savoy, Dublin.

Speaking at the launch of its International Women's Day campaign, she told the Diary how she reckoned there was much to be done to address inequality in the workplace.

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Sonya Lennon pictured at home. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Sonya Lennon pictured at home. Photo: Tony Gavin.

The designer said that women were still paid an average of 15pc less than male counterparts - and that something had to change.

"I think the basic issue of equal pay is something that I can't lie down on," she told the Diary.

Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney now design for Dunnes Stores
Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney now design for Dunnes Stores

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"With the upturn in the economy, we've seen more women than ever before coming to us looking for our help. There's a minimum of 100 women on our rolling waiting list at any one time," she said.

"But again, the economic recovery is still very much urban-centric and there's also the same issues existing in the workplace. We need to even the playing field," she added.

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