Irish designer whose collections display an American philosophy of casual elegance
Paul Costelloe was born in Dublin in 1946. His father was the managing director of a company that produced Valstar raincoats. Costelloe credits his American mother for instilling in him an interest in understated casual elegance.
He trained at the Grafton Academy, Ireland, and at the Chambre Syndicale in Paris from 1967 to 1969.
Costelloe worked for couturier Jacques Esterel between 1969 and 1971, before working for Marks and Spencer's in Milan and London.
He then moved to the US and worked with Anne Frogarty. In 1979, he established his own label in the Strelitz factory in Moygashel, Dungannon, in partnership with Northern Irish businessman Robert Eitel.
The name Paul Costelloe has become synonymous with the design and manufacture of stylish, designer ladies fashion. Most recently, he has diversified into menswear and homeware collections.
His designs often use Irish linen and tweeds with modern classic lines, including daywear town suits and crisp linen shirts.
In June 2000, Signature Brands International Ltd, a company specialising in outerwear, acquired the Paul Costelloe womenswear label. This has provided the Paul Costelloe label with a sound financial basis for a more rapid development of the brand.
Paul Costelloe currently sells in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia and North America under the Paul Costelloe Collections name, which consists of the Paul Costelloe ‘Collection’ and Paul Costelloe ‘Dressage’ labels.
The factory shop at 9 Linen Green, Moygashel, offers Costelloe designs with around 30% off the recommended retail price. It is also the only stockist of Paul Costelloe ladies’ footwear in Ireland. Costelloe also designs cutlery and glassware for Newbridge Silverware, Co Kildare, and china for Wedgwood, Stoke-on-Trent.