With fresh ideas, creativity and talent in abundance, noted design duo Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney took the plunge and opened the doors to their latest venture at No.19 Stephen’s Street…
The Central Dairy
During a busy day of styling and shoot research, fresh from the print & colour explosion at Primark’s Summer 2014 Showcase , and in the mood for some more previews & collection sneak peeks; I took an hour to stop in and check out Sonya and Brendan’s new digs at No.19.
Greeted, welcomed & ushered in by the lovely Deborah & Helen, I stepped into a bright, elegant and beautifully balanced space at the studio front. Images from the design duo’s first collaboration teamed with a quirky chair display adorn the otherwise plain walls. Neat rails of garments line the studio shop front, leading on towards the work space area behind. In choosing a neutral palette to display the brand’s signature relaxed tailoring and clever use of colour; it’s these quirky yet functional finishing touches that sum up what we’ve come to know and love from this creative couple.
Knowing the original collection was having a sale moment, and naturally having already scanned the options on my previous night’s online research marathon, I made a bee-line for the bargain goodies!
My top picks from the collection include these must-have investment items; the Olive Tulip skirt, the Tux jacket and the Peplum top.
High quality materials, clever design and classic style; these versatile pieces have been carefully made to blend with and enhance your current wardrobe.
Fresh from the sale rail excitement, and just about to make a giddy exit; in walks stylist, presenter, designer and all round fashion guru, the lovely Sonya herself!
Naturally dressed to perfection in Lennon Courtney, she kindly obliges my eager questions, amateur photography & general chit-chat!
Feeling thoroughly inspired; I leave No.19 eagerly anticipating my next visit and the next exciting installment from Lennon Courtney.
SEE, STYLE, SHOP!
On Wednesday, 12th March, Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney celebrated the launch of their new live studio located at The Central Dairy, 19 Stephens Street, Dublin 2. The studio will offer a number of unique experiences for consumers, as they can pop in and see Brendan and Sonya work, make an appointment to be personally styled and of course shop the latest collection, ‘Vacation’. The studio is now open for appointments from Monday to Saturday, from 10am until 6pm.
Upon arrival, guests enjoyed a prosecco reception, before being treated to an exclusive screening of a documentary on the history of the building. Those in attendance included Alison Canavan, stylist Cathy O’Connor, TV presenter Lorraine Keane, jewellery designer Natasha Sherling, stylist Courtney Smith and handbag designer Pauric Sweeney.
The latest collection ‘Vacation’, which is now available in the studio, has a core palette of muted tones in light greys and blues, with some added statement accents in fuchsia and royal blue. Known for celebrating femininity, Lennon Courtney has also introduced some new and exciting fabrics this spring / summer including stretch canvas, silk and cashmere. Irish made knitwear also plays a key role in the collection – with luxuriously soft cashmeres and lambs wool, light and delicate, in the form of off the shoulder tops and knitted tees.
Lennon Courtney is available to buy at The Central Dairy, 19 Stephens Street, Dublin 2 and online at www.lennoncourtney.com. Prices start at €40.
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About Lennon Courtney
Fashion crusaders and stylists Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney have combined their 35 years of experience in the fashion industry to create their first collaboration. Irish designed it includes a full knitwear range produced by leading craft-makers and producers in Dublin. Their designs are informed by a shared philosophy that focuses on developing clothes and styles that are uniquely tailored to the shape of modern women. Collections and key pieces are based on an analysis of body shape and lifestyle needs each season.