Designer Carolyn Donnelly brings new life to Irish department store Dunnes

Irish designer and Dunnes Stores creative director Carolyn Donnelly.

“We were the best selling Irish designer label in the country for years. We were stocked in Harrods, Bloomingdales and Macy’s among other places. We have great memories, like doing the annual London show for emerging designers in the 1980s. I remember chatting to another unknown young designer there who had the stand next to ours — his name was John Galliano.

“I’m using all of the stuff I’ve learned over the years now to transform Dunnes. We’re developing so quickly.

“In the future Dunnes Stores is going to be a destination for sophisticated shoppers, and it’s incredibly energizing to be part of the team that is leading that.

“We come to New York regularly and we love it. The buzz is great this time, as always.”

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