Former U2 stylist turns to
Inishowen for clothing start-up
Lola Cashman, the
former U2 stylist, is looking to the shirtmaking
skills of Inishowen to start up a new clothing
Ms. Cashman, 46, who lost her High Court appeal last
November against a decision ordering her to return
items of memorabilia to the band, is at an advanced
stage of developing The White Shirt Company which
will only trade on-line.
While London-based, the
company is planning to source its garments from the
Moville Clothing Company - one of the last remaining
shirt manufacturers in Ireland.
"When I was fighting the court case with U2, I
received so much support from the people of Ireland,
both from individuals and from people in the music
industry, I would be delighted if I could
give something back
through my new venture," she said.
While U2 waived any claim for costs arising from
either hearing, Ms. Cashman said she still has "huge
debts" arising from the seven-year legal battle.
She said her new
company will operate as a collaboration between
herself and a number of "key players" including
financial and internet specialists. She is currently
seeking an investment of around €50,000 to help
finance the first phase of production, expected
towards the end of the year.
"We would be ready to go into production by the end
of this year with the help of a small investment.
Our aim is to start small and grow the business
steadily, so if there
is anyone out there who thinks they could come on
board, we would be delighted to hear from them."
Ms. Cashman, who is originally from London's East
End, said she decided early on that she did not want
to source her shirts from low cost economies.
"I never wanted to go abroad because I'm passionate
about bringing the work back to Ireland and Britain
which had such strong traditions in quality shirt
"During the court case, I received so many letters
of support and good wish cards that I'm delighted to
be giving something back to a small local community
in Donegal," she added.
"When I had my first meeting with the Doherty
brothers in Moville, I couldn't believe how
hospitable and friendly they were. They go to great
lengths to help you and they said they would
accommodate me no matter how big or small my order
was. I hope the first production run will be for
about 1,500 to 2,000 shirts."
Moville Clothing Company employs 13 machinists at
the Glencrow Industrial Estate, Moville.
Director Ray Doherty said: "We're delighted that a
stylist with an international reputation such as
Lola Cashman has chosen us to make her garments."
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