Fashion soldier... Paul Galvin's collection
Some designers look to the annals of rock to find inspiration for their statement slogan T-shirts, but GAA hero-turned designer, Paul Galvin, found his in Ireland's national anthem, 'Amhrán na bhFiann'
On and off the field, Paul Galvin, has attitude and he debuts Vanguard, his exclusive collaboration with Dunnes Stores, by squaring up to the world of fashion.
"This is not so much a clothing collection as a clothing movement. It represents new thoughts, new language, and hopefully a new direction for menswear in Ireland," says Galvin.
Fighting words indeed from the Kerry footballer who chose his brand title to capture the spirit of warriors and risk takers who led military movements from the front. In that vein, the 'Sworn to be Free' and 'Warriors are We' slogans emblazoned across the front of the T-shirts and sweatshirts are two translated lines from the Irish National Anthem, 'Amhrán na bhFiann'.
While Galvin himself has been very fashion forward in his own wardrobe choices, there's nothing avant-garde or threateningly catwalk for the style conscious guy in the 21-piece collection which goes on sale online today (dunnesstores.com) and into selected Dunnes Stores shops next Monday.
Vanguard marches on solid black and white plus khaki with camo tops, hoodies and drop crotch joggers, wedge-soled and hi-top boots. The silhouette plays to Galvin's aesthetic of lean at the bottom, over-sized on top, and his take on the iconic MA-1 Navy fighter pilot jacket - the first military flight jacket to cross into civilian fashion - comes with faux shearling lining and costs €80.
Galvin's own 'style uniform' is there, from the skinny jeans in black (€55) - perhaps not as calf defining as he has worn - to his favourite grandfather collar shirt and signature look of white shirt worn with the end out. The best piece is a cashmere-wool coat (€195) (pictured left), available next month. This coat is a variation on a posh boy duffle and speaks to the Balenciaga boy pulsing in Paul Galvin's veins.
All clothes from Vanguard at Dunnes Stores, dunnesstores.com
Photography: Eilish McCormick
Models: Ronan at Distinct model management, Marcus and Ricky at Morgan the Agency
Grooming: Naomh Kirwan at Morgan the Agency
Stylist: Jan Brierton at Dunnes Stores