Meet the NI designer commissioned to make a jacket for Kourtney Kardashian's baby

Meet the NI designer commissioned to make a jacket for Kourtney Kardashian's baby

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The jacket was purchased as a gift by an A-list celebrity.

A Co Armagh fashion designer has spoken about receiving a surprise commission to make a custom jacket as a gift for Kourtney Kardashian's baby shower.

Niamh McCarthy, from Lurgan, received an email from an unnamed A-lister and friend of the Kardashians back in September. Niamh and her team had only four days between the order being placed and when it needed to be in LA.

Facing a monumental challenge, Niamh and her team who specialise in embroidered leather jackets for weddings, quickly sourced the materials, produced the jacket and shipped it to LA in time for the baby shower.

Speaking to Belfast Live, Niamh said: "I received an email from a celebrity in LA who was attending Kourtney Kardashian's baby shower. They wanted a bespoke embroidered jacket and told me that they had been looking for something for a number of weeks before they found me online.

"They had contacted me to place the order on Sunday 17th September but with the time difference, I woke up to the message on Monday morning. I then freaked out as the message said that they needed a jacket in LA by Friday for Kourtney K.

"I replied immediately and said that I could do it. They replied at 6pm on the Monday and we then had the jacket bought, designed, embroidered, packaged up and delivered to LA by the Friday. We had to have the whole jacket done in 36 hours and have it sent through express shipping to LA as if it hadn't been delivered by the Friday afternoon, it wouldn't have made it to the baby shower at all."

The customer had a few ideas but requested that the design be very gothic to suit the style of Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian who had worn leather jackets when they got married.

"The design which was selected at the end was definitely the most complicated one but she was delighted with the outcome," Niamh added.

"The jacket itself is aged 12 to 18 months so it could be a while before we see it being worn but it was a very stressful time when the order came through because there was just so much which could have gone wrong.

"The embroidery is so bespoke and there is not too many people who could do that. I also had the stress of making sure it got there as there is so many things outside of your control. "

Niamh said that she hadn't told many people at the time but is still amazed that the customer had opted to buy the jacket from a small team in Lurgan.

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