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Monday 21 October 2019

My cultural life: Pauric Sweeney, handbag designer


Pauric Sweeney
Pauric Sweeney
Three Billboards

Over the past few years, Pauric has been quietly living a wholesome life with his son Oscar and mother, surrounded by some of the most amazing people he has had the good fortune ever to spend time with, in an idyllic off-the-beaten-track spot near the sea outside Blackwater, Co Wexford.

2019 will see him setting up in a new palazzo in the centre of Milan to once again journey back into the world of design and fashion dominance with gusto.

The palazzo will house his new teams, dedicated not only to his new brands but also to quietly house the accessory 'control room' of a leading global luxury fashion empire that he is in current talks with.

Within this newly established global structure, he keenly invites all Irish designers and the newly graduated to get in touch should they find navigating their specific vocation 'exceptionally futile' within Ireland.

To find out more you can contact projects@pauricsweeney.com.

Film: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards

Beginning with cinematic musical scores, there's Zbigniew Preisner's score for The Double Life of Veronique or works by Ennio Morricone and Lalo Schifrin or the absolutely stunning work by Nino Rota for The Godfather trilogy. In terms of narrative, storytelling, cinematography and perfect emotional deliverance, I love the directorial works of Lars von Trier, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh. A few days ago I watched Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with my son Oscar, which I thought was flawless in its storytelling.

Books: Essays in Love

Starting in the kitchen it has to be the delicious Cibreo Cookbook by Fabio Picchi as it brings back a lot of great eating memories at his place. Moving to the fireplace, perhaps The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie or Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg. In the bathroom, Ulysses, as there's never enough time, and poems by Yeats, and finally, by the bed, Essays in Love by Alain de Botton to mull over.

Television: Love/Hate


Hands down Stuart Carolan's Love/Hate. I heard Nidge survived, here's wishing. The Late Late Show by habit and also Ryan was my old classmate in Blackrock.

Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge, although more enlightening and quasi-gummed than Vincent Browne, I find it fills that void. I get my daily news on France 24 and go to sleep with nightmares on watching Oireachtas report hearings. Any documentaries by Louis Theroux, Werner Herzog and the late, great and sadly missed Anthony Bourdain.

Artist: Wolfgang Tillmans

During my early years in East London I was fortunate to have found myself running wild with quite a few of the then riotous Young British Artist collective, artists such as Tim and Sue, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sarah Lucas and so on. All driven and showcased by the likes of Charles Saatchi, Max Wigram and Jay Joplin. I recently enjoyed Wolfgang Tillmans's Rebuilding the Future, curated by Rachel Thomas at IMMA, and was delighted to join the artist for dinner after the opening.

Music: Bowie


Nirvana to wake me and Bowie, The Manics, Bonnie Prince Billy, The Smiths, Dylan, Cash, Connie Francis, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, Derrick May and Richie Hawtin to earth me. Brian Eno music for airports, and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No 3 and Rubenstein's Saint-Saens - Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor to take me away.

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