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Third-generation fashionistas do model job for mum

Bairbre Power

Published 04/11/2013 | 02:00

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Designer Leigh Tucker, with her daughter Willow, has launched a new children's collection for Dunnes Stores
Leigh's daughters Lena and Willow

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Lena (6), Harper (3) and Willow (2) modelled pieces from their mother Leigh Tucker's new Irish children's fashion collection, which she designed for Dunnes Stores.

The girls' maternal grandparents, Brian and Billie, have been at the cornerstone of Irish fashion for decades. Brian, the designer, was famous for his tailoring, in particular his navy blazers, and Billie is the consummate saleswoman at the family's fashion destination store, Costume, on Dublin's Castle Market.

A well-regarded designer, this is the second time that Leigh has collaborated with Dunnes Stores.

The Dublin mother of three decided to dip her toe into childrenswear because, while shopping in Ireland, she couldn't find what she wanted for her three daughters.

"I didn't want mini-Rihanna wear, I wanted appropriate, good-quality clothes," she said.

"I like longevity in children's clothes and if I buy something for a six-year-old, I want her little sister to be able to wear it in a few years."


Naming the range Willow after her youngest daughter didn't cause trouble, Leigh said. She felt the name Lena was out of the mix because there would be too many Ls with Leigh and Lena in the title. Harper was ruled out because of a certain Ms Beckham. Willow was perfect because it was gender neutral, said Leigh.

The 60 pieces in the collection cost from €10 to €45, the most expensive piece being a coat. Some 30pc of the collection is for boys. In addition to the clothing, there are creative play pieces. It is available in 22 Dunnes Stores and online at

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