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Handbags and the gladrags ... Brendan and Sonya to expand their designer range

IT'S handbags and glad rags for Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney.

The designer duo have impressed Ireland's fashion police with their clothing line Lennon Courtney.

And now the presenters and stylists are teaming up with Irish designer Pauric Sweeney to launch a handbag line.

Pauric is known for his plush python skin totes and counts Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe and Lindsay Lohan among his fans.

"We are working on some really exciting co-branding opportunities within Lennon Courtney," Sonya told the Herald.

"We are in discussions with Pauric Sweeney about doing a line of handbags. It would be amazing."

Both Sonya and Brendan have known Donegal native Pauric for years. This year Brendan brought Pauric as his plus-one to the VIP Style Awards.

"Pauric is a friend and we have huge admiration for what he does so it's a dream partnership," she said.

While Off The Rails may be parked for a year, Sonya will return to our screens this autumn.

"Last year I did Craft Master on my own – and a second series is coming back in September," Sonya added.

"We got huge viewer figures and I think it really struck a nerve with people. We've filmed it and it's in the can so it'll be nice when that returns."

RTE will make the decision in 2014 if they are going to revisit and revive Off The Rails.

"We are in discussion with RTE the whole time but we are incredibly busy at the moment so we're not sitting around waiting for the phone to ring," Sonya said.

"We have two businesses starting up – we have Lennon Courtney and our new fashion app; Frock Adviser. We stuck two irons in the fire and they both caught – it's just an unbelievably exciting time. We're also launching Lennon Courtney in the UK."

Lennon was speaking at the launch of National Volunteering Week.

The Dublin-based presenter, who is also at the helm of the charitable 'Dress for Success' campaign in Ireland, spoke of the importance of volunteer work.

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