15th November 2012 Pauric Sweeney’s Mayfair store is the kind of place you can get hooked on beautiful luxury accessories very quickly. A contrast to the delightful cobbled back street where it is found, the minimal interior design is reflective of the designer’s character and love of refined luxury. The colourful geometric display in the window is described as typical of Sweeney’s style at home.
I visited, on recommendation, to see Sweeney’s first sunglasses collection. Born in Co. Donegal and trained as an architect, the designer launched the accessories label in 2004 and since then has gained international recognition. Produced in prestigious leathers sourced in Italy and finished by hand with elegant stitching and eye-catching detail, he now makes everything from totes to clutches, and has added a successful Diffusion Line – Pauric by Pauric – as well a men’s accessory range.
Made in Japan, the sunglasses blend the designer’s interest in materials and surfaces with references to softly rounded vintage shapes and detail such as retro-chic metalwork, contrasting with pretty shades of acetate. Colours include black, a soft pink (above) and a translucent cobalt blue. Retailing at £330.00, the styles have been produced with a nice quality and finish making them a chic accompaniment to a Sweeney bag – we like the combination of the Dbox (above) and the pale sunglasses (above) in particular. More to come? We shall keep an eye out. Stockists include Luisa Via Roma, Florence, and Avenue 32 (www.avenue32.com). 33, Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1J6NP. www.pauricsweeney.com CN