Niamh makes Belfast Telegraph 30 under 30

Niamh makes Belfast Telegraph 30 under 30

Niamh McCarthy (29), Lurgan, Niamh Designs

Niamh went from studying fashion and textiles at Ulster University to designing a jacket for the latest baby born to reality TV clan the Kardashians.

After struggling to find a creative job in Northern Ireland, Niamh, who's from Lurgan, decided to take the plunge and set up her own business.

She said that going into business was "really hard and really lonely at the start" and that there was no financial support at the beginning.

"I started up in 2019 and then there was Covid in 2020 and I thought my business was over, so I have had to constantly pivot the business.

"At the beginning I did family trees and family crests which were beautiful, really lovely pieces of work. But then I pivoted after Covid into wedding jackets and leather jackets for children," she says.

Niamh hopes to continue to build on her brand's success by expanding her range to include male faux leather jackets.

She adds: "At the moment I have two full time employees and I hope to create more creative jobs for people in Northern Ireland as the business grows, but I am very passionate about always keeping it in Northern Ireland."


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