Saturday 15 December 2018

In Vogue: Irish designer's 'Belle' gloves feature in must-see 'Fashion Issue'

Irish glove designer Paula Rowan whose €450 luxury burgundy lambskin ‘Belle’ gauntlet gloves feature in British ‘Vogue’s’ keenly awaited September ‘Big Fashion Issue’ Photo: Arthur Carron
Irish glove designer Paula Rowan whose €450 luxury burgundy lambskin ‘Belle’ gauntlet gloves feature in British ‘Vogue’s’ keenly awaited September ‘Big Fashion Issue’ Photo: Arthur Carron
Rowan with a selection of gloves from her store in Dublin’s Westbury Mall. Photo: Arthur Carron
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Irish designer Paula Rowan could have been forgiven for giving up her dreams of driving a luxury glove business.

She launched her leather gloves and handbag store in Dublin's Westbury Mall in 2008, the very day Lehman Brothers went out of business.

However, after "some difficult years, business is moving in the right direction and the world is my oyster", said Paula yesterday as she leafed through the keenly awaited September edition of British 'Vogue' with its colourful Rihanna cover.

The September 'Big Fashion Issue' is one of the most collectible glossy fashion magazines of the year, along with its American equivalent, and Paula's Irish designed, Italian-made 'Belle' gauntlet gloves feature in a shoot styled by Hanna Kelifa.

The Dublin businesswoman is keeping good company. Her €450 burgundy lambskin gloves with silk lining were styled with a Victoria Beckham trench.

This year her gloves have appeared twice in Italian 'Vogue' and celebrities who have worn her gloves include Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore and Kate Moss.

Rowan with a selection of gloves from her store in Dublin’s Westbury Mall. Photo: Arthur Carron
Rowan with a selection of gloves from her store in Dublin’s Westbury Mall. Photo: Arthur Carron

"Gloves are very prominent in fashion this season, hence the call in for the September issue," explained Paula.

"The gloves were called in a few months ago and you never actually know if the shots will be used until you are asked how you would like to be credited and I always welcome those emails. You never know who might see these images; it could be another stylist, buyer, fashion editor or a fashion house."

Irish Independent

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