Styles from the sidelines - the Paul Galvin collection
Paul Galvin may have spent his formative years on the GAA pitch, but his latest collection for Dunnes Stores is straight from the ‘Mister’ managers on the soccer sidelines, writes our fashion editor
Over a pot of tea with Paul Galvin, the conversation shifts from GAA to soccer. In particular, we are analysing the style influence football players have, but the iconic David Beckham doesn’t crop up once. Instead, our focus is fixed firmly on the Iberian heroes, José Mourinho — the dapper Portuguese manager of Manchester United — and Pep Guardiola — the no-nonsense Spaniard currently heading up Manchester City.
The inspiration for ‘Mister’, Galvin’s 31-piece collection, his fourth for Dunnes Stores, didn’t start with the suave-dressing Manchester rivals however. Galvin’s original ideas were triggered by someone much closer to home, Westmeath man Patrick O’Connell, who captained Manchester United way back in 1914, and is immortalised in Spanish soccer history as ‘Patricio’, after managing Real Betis and then Barcelona during the height of the Spanish Civil War.
Galvin explains: “In English football culture, the players call the manager The Boss or The Gaffer. My collection is called Mister, from Spanish football culture. The collection is a modern-day manager’s wardrobe, the look of say Pep, a former Barcelona manager.
“I broke the collection up into three parts — the sideline look, which in Pep’s case is a suit with a jumper, shirt and tie; then there’s the training ground look, which is really sportswear with a long manager’s jacket and a tracksuit, and there are fashion and streetwear pieces, like sweats, shirts, and a denim jacket.
“I think Zinedine Zidane, manager of Real Madrid, is very cool. There’s a whole host of super managers today and they are the top, elite, tastemakers who are very stylish. Pep is probably the leader, but there’s about five or six of them including Mourinho, Zidane and Simeone of Atlético Madrid,” explains Galvin.
Galvin’s SS/17 collection features staples that most guys would already have in their wardrobe — from the navy blazer and matching pants, to the pale chinos, skinny jeans and suede shoes — but Galvin takes these basics and interprets them in a sporty way, so they play as a team.
The outstanding piece for this weather is the reversible manager’s coat — padded in navy on one side and black on the other — very José. Interestingly, Galvin’s latest collection will be available at the Dunnes Stores branches in Andalusia, which is not a million miles from Seville, where O’Connell is eulogised for managing the local team to win the League title in 1935, a feat they haven’t managed to do since.
“There’s a nice synergy in that, I’m very happy about that,” says Galvin, who might prefer Pep’s style but, for the record, he’s a Man United fan. That explains his thing for red striped socks.
Photographer: Lee Malone
Model: Aubrey @ Not Another Agency
Grooming: Sarah Jane Lanagan @ Distinct
Styling: Paul Galvin
Shot on location at Home Farm FC, Dublin
Clothes and shoes available in selected Dunnes Stores and online at dunnesstores.com