Galvin weaves a plan for designer threads

Fashionista footballer Paul Galvin has revealed he is working on bringing out his own clothing label.

Galvin weaves a plan for designer threads

The stylish all-star, who spent last week rubbing shoulders with designers at London Fashion week, is already handing out tailoring tips to Irish men from his own website.

But the 32-year-old presenter and blogger said yesterday on Breakfast with Hector that he is hoping his label will be in Irish shops soon. “I am working on it. Hopefully by the end of the year I will have [my label],” he said.

But he said he won’t be competing with rugby star Tommy Bowe by bringing out a range of footwear.

He said: “There won’t be shoes. I think I might leave them to Tommy. They are lovely shoes too and fair play to him.”

The former All-Ireland winner spent last week mingling with the biggest stars of men’s fashion including model David Gandy and hip designer Philip Start.

And he said yesterday on the 2fm show that he believes Irish men care far more about their image than they admit.

“We are getting better. I do see definitely signs of green shoots as they say.

“I do get a lot of correspondence from guys. I think we care a little bit more than we say.”

But he said he would never force his trademark skinny jeans on the rest of the male population.

“I wouldn’t be one to force on to anybody what he or she should wear. I have worn skinny jeans but I don’t wear them all the time. I think sometimes guys might want to wear them but they don’t want to say or have to actually buy them.”

He also joked that his signature beard has gathered its own fan club.

“The beard gets a lot of attention. I’m not sure it is even a beard. On Twitter I get a lot of people asking about it.”

And he said he isn’t the first Kerry footballer to blaze a trail in the fashion stakes.

“If you are talking about style — Tadhg Kenneally is a man to be mentioned. Colour is a thing Irish men are afraid of. Tadgh was one of the pioneers who threw a pair of red trousers. There is not much he is afraid of.”

He also said the Kerry legends of the 1970s and 1980s were also known for their sharp dressing.

“The boys back in the day weren’t afraid of their style. The greats in the ’70s and ’80s were some men around town who liked a good suit.”

But he said he wasn’t fully convinced by the latest male fashion trend of “mankets”.

“I’m not sure how I feel about mankets — blankets for men. They are a cross between scarves and capes. [They are] perfect for Irish weather and I like the look. I’m not sure about the name though.”

Picture: Paul Galvin looking smart with Louise Duffy at the wedding of Kieran Donaghy and Hilary Stephenson. Picture: Don McMonagle

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