Saturday 20 January 2018

Bag lady Flynn flaunts a rich collection of A-list chic with sky-high prices

The controversial ex-politician hasn't let the recession cramp her accessory style, writes Andrea Byrne

She was described by her father, former minister and EU commissioner 'P' Flynn, as a "class act" -- and when it comes to handbags, daughter Beverley is certainly queen of designer chic.

Controversial former politician Beverley Flynn has a selection of designer handbags worthy of an A-list celebrity.

Early last week Beverley was photographed sporting a black calfskin quilted leather Chanel 2.55 bag, the larger of the two classic Chanel styles. At Chanel's Brown Thomas boutique in Dublin prices for this beautiful little accessory start at €2,650, with more detailed ones stretching to an eye-watering €3,400.

If you're to go on numbers, luxury French fashion house Louis Vuitton is Beverley's favourite store, although she does appear to love other expensive labels such as Jimmy Choo and Burberry.

Affectionately known by her Mayo constituents as 'Beverley Hills', the former Fianna Fail TD favours the more muted handbag styles that the brands offer.

Her Louis Vuitton Sistina GM handbag, which costs €1,590, is devoid of the obvious LV brand markings. The same goes for her Louis Vuitton Damier Azur, which starts at €420 and rises to €1,000, depending on the preferred size.

Tall, blonde and always immaculately dressed during her political career, Beverley lives in a large house outside Castlebar with her partner -- well-known Mayo property developer Tony Gaughan -- and their two children.

In her enviable handbag collection there is also a wine-coloured leather Jimmy Choo 'Riki' handbag, which retails online at around €1,290.

Back in April 2004, the day the Supreme Court rejected her appeal over her failed libel action against Charlie Bird and RTE, she used a boxy Haymarket check Burberry handbag, which would have cost around €500.

While it is no longer available for purchase, Beverley's €3,000 black and gold suhali leather Louis Vuitton Le Talentueux would appear to be her most expensive purchase. She has used it at various different public outings, including the launch of a breastcheck mobile at Mayo General Hospital in 2008.

Expelled three times from Fianna Fail during her turbulent political career, Beverley, who chose not to contest the family seat in this year's general election, was rewarded with a lump-sum termination payment of €186,219 after 14 years spent in the Dail and qualifies for an TD pension of €33,948 a year.

Reports earlier this year said that she and her partner have opened a burger bar called Capt Mac's near the Spanish holiday resort of Marbella.

Sunday Independent

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