“We, as a business, try not to go near the banks because they’re so old fashioned”
The Burren Perfumery’s Sadie Chowen takes inspiration from the landscape to create contemporary natural products and a visitor experience in her multi-faceted business. Just don't ask the award winning entrepreneur about banks.
6th Apr, 2021 - 7 min read
“I was staggering around dazed. I had been burning the candle at both ends and in the middle”
Kerry-born designer Don O’Neill may have enjoyed the “Meghan effect” but it wasn’t enough to save his job in light of Covid-19. From his brownstone in New York, he talks about burn out, the vagaries of fashion and why he won't start from scratch again.
1st Mar, 2021 - 6 min read
“I hate that word pivot, but I had to find a way to diversify and still live in the world that I love”
Demand for health and wellness solutions have ballooned in the last year, accelerating a rise in the wellness industry. The significant shift in focus inspired Peigín Crowley to launch an Irish brand with growing global appeal.
18th Feb, 2021 - 6 min read
Made in Manhattan: How one Irish woman’s resilience paid off in the Big Apple
Beyoncé, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama are all fans of Irish designer Laura Weber, who founded her own embroidery atelier in New York. She reveals how the pandemic changed the city and why 2021 is shaping up to be her best yet.
18th Dec, 2020 - 6 min read
Picking up the pieces: How Waterford Crystal came back from the brink
As a company with a rich heritage but a rocky recent past, Waterford Crystal offers lessons in entrepreneurial evolution and overcoming seemly insurmountable challenges. But just how is it dealing with a pandemic?
17th Nov, 2020 - 6 min read
“If you want to be a commercial artist, you need to know how to sell your work to be able to make the work that you want. You can’t let it control you”
Irish artist and furniture maker Sasha Sykes has been commissioned by a host of blue-chip clients such as Bank of America and Farmleigh House. She talks about her career journey, the magic of marketing and why every artist needs a business degree.
20th Oct, 2020 - 6 min read
From skin cancer to Botox for men, a Dublin medical practice is giving private dermatology a facelift
One year on, Dr Caitríona Ryan is forging ahead with her business, the Institute of Dermatologists. She says patients numbers have recovered to pre-Covid-19 levels and warns of exponential growth in the burden of skin cancer for Ireland.
16th Sep, 2020 - 7 min read
Is Ireland ready for the shift to thrift? While the apparel sector is challenged, fast-growing resale platforms are thriving
From a standing start in 2011, Ella De Guzman now has four shops and a growing online platform reselling designer goods. Covid-19 has heavily impacted her business, but the Canadian-born, Irish-based entrepreneur believes the crisis will make second-hand goods more acceptable.