Pauric’s got bags of style

HE’S a Donegal man who hardly ever left Lindsay Lohan’s arm all summer long. Bag designer Pauric Sweeney continued to attract fashion followers from all over the world as he unveiled his latest collection at London Fashion Week.

His black python tote bag became what one magazine called “the fashion accessory du jour” after it appeared on Lohan’s shoulders on almost all her outings.

And it seems his popularity in the fashion world will continue to grow, if his spring/summer 2008 collection is anything to go by.

A fake snakeskin bag in bright pink and silver, with a brown leather handle packs a lot of attitude, inspired as it was by the iconic singer Debbie Harry of Blondie.

He also uses shades of petrol, kingfisher blue, gold and silver, using patent or cracked leather or his signature fake crocodile and snakeskin.

The bags maintain the 1980s theme of his previous collections and combine bright ideas with functionality.

Mr Sweeney, 34, grew up in Donegal and studied architecture in Philadelphia. He dropped out of college and moved to London where he set up a studio showing his furniture and jewellery, drawing from his studies.

He launched Pauric Sweeney bags in 2004 and was instantly snapped up by leading department stores and boutiques.

Mr Sweeney’s bags are available in 120 shops worldwide, including Harvey Nichols and the Powerscourt town house centre in Dublin. Prices start at €800 and go right up to €25,000.

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