Tuesday 12 December 2017

'I think that Ireland is actually a really sexual place, we've come a long way'

Mandy Mink from Navan with some of the 'Sexcessories' on display from the Ann Summers Party Plan.
Mandy Mink from Navan with some of the 'Sexcessories' on display from the Ann Summers Party Plan.

Mandy Colville (41) is originally from Scotland but is now based in Navan, Co Meath. She started working with Ann Summers in August 2013.

Mother to a six-year-old son, she says that she loves the flexibility that her job gives her.

"The famed Ann Summers parties actually arrived in Ireland before the stores did: they've been going for 30 years and were always massively popular. For a lot of women it's a lot of fun to get the girls around, open a bottle of wine and have a laugh at some of the toys on offer," says Mandy.

"But whether you walk into a store, go online or attend a party, the appeal is the same: Ann Summers is sexy and sophisticated and it's also a one-stop-shop for women who might be in the market for toys, lingerie and costumes.

"I always think that Ireland is actually a really sexual place - we've come a long way certainly since the O'Connell Street store opened 15 years ago.

"When the recession hit, a lot of people couldn't afford to go out but Ann Summers kept going because sometimes a little treat can go a long way - and it doesn't cost much to spice up your love life."

Irish Independent

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