Back in style . . . Liz takes 'gamble' on new solo collection
LIZ Quin has no designs on being an overnight success.
It's more than 30 years since the award-winning fashion designer started out in the rag trade and, after decades working in a partnership and then as a consultant to other brands, the Dublin mum has finally got around to launching her own 'Liz Quin' collection. It went on sale yesterday at BT2 in Dublin and Brown Thomas in Limerick.
"It is a risk, it is a gamble, but I'm very happy and really believe it will work," said Liz, who is self-financing the new brand and launching with a 50-piece collection.
Liz's name and face will be familiar to Irish shoppers. She was formerly one half of the hugely popular Quin Donnelly label that won a number of awards and featured in the Best of Irish fashion show for Queen Elizabeth in 2011.
However, the brand ceased production following a dispute with their manufacturer in respect of trademark.
"Starting a new fashion business is difficult and the time from concept to hanger is about a nine-month cycle during which you don't see any return on your investment," she said.
"I've loved working on the collection and the fabrics are one my key things – lovely textures like damasks, cloque and jacquard weaves."
Liz possesses a strong entrepreneurial streak, something she shares with her sister, Gina Quin, CEO of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, who, the designer says, has been "incredibly supportive".
"Quin Donnelly was a great partnership and it was the unfortunate legal situation that brought it to an end, it was nothing to do with our relationship. Carolyn (Donnelly) and I had a tremen-dous partner- ship."
Carolyn is creative director with Dunnes Stores. She also has her own 'Eclectic' homewares range and designs 'The Edit' fashion range for the chain.