Friday 20 April 2018

Fraudster with a taste for designer labels

Thomas Byrne outside court during the trial
Thomas Byrne outside court during the trial
Thomas Byrne (47) arriving at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

"THERE'S no crime in clever accessorising," according to Thomas Byrne -- who has now swapped bespoke pin-stripes for prison-issue stripes.

Prada, Burberry, Etro, Gucci, Ozwald Boateng -- this legal eagle loves his threads; and throughout his trial, the court room witnessed a head-turning sequence of revolving and evolving looks.

Byrne is a man who was not afraid to take risks -- not least with his wardrobe.

But all the fashion looks were years old.

He went out in true style on his last day, with a sage green tartan coat that clashed with his pink striped shirt, navy tie and sage scarf.

Byrne will be remembered a risk-taker -- legally, financially and sartorially.

His personal style is not so much Ivy League or Rat Pack, but quirky -- with a nod to Savile Row and a dash of Italian couture.

This buzz-cut solicitor doesn't do minimalism -- just look at his Ozwald Boateng camel overcoat and his Gucci navy pea coat, with 16 in-yer-face buttons.

The tell-tale loose threads were a clue to its hard-wearing history in Byrne's wardrobe.

Byrne also has a penchant for statement coats, loud checks, big wine plaids and oversized man-bags.

He explored his artistic side with loud striped shirts clashing wildly with colourful Windsor knotted ties.

His favourite man bag was his laptop bag, with its distinctive black fading to grey that featured on the Prada catwalk.

He also carried a tan leather and green snakeskin bag.

His love of luxe was exemplified by his suede coat and the Dsquared2 black coat with generous fur shawl collar.

Byrne's defensive "there's no crime in clever accessorising" comment really doesn't do justice to the breadth of Byrne's wardrobe and his cache of designer buys that have stood the test of time.

His brown check coat was pure eye candy with its ticket pocket and peak lapel detail, not to forget the split-leather buttons and clashing Etro tie and its wide blade.

Then there was the Burberry military khaki coat with the signature red epaulettes.

This is not a man for Dress Down Fridays -- although he was once snapped in a vest top, jeans and trainers outside FOAM cafe.

In recent days, Byrne's dandyism was noticeably toned down and his wardrobe choices were uncharacteristically safe, almost like an undertaker in a sedate navy coat with concealed buttoning.

Irish Independent

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