Menswear shop gets Daniel
A MENSWEAR shop is
enjoying the Daniel O'Donnell effect on business
after fitting out the country superstar with sharp
new suits for his comeback tour.
Tony Riordan was delighted when the crooner popped
into his Cork city outlet to get a brand new look
for himself and his seven-piece band, after an
18-month sabbatical from music.
Daniel and his musicians were kitted out with a
number of on-trend suits for a fashionable return to
the stage after an almost two-year absence.
Mr Riordan (55) described Daniel as a “fashion icon”
among fans and especially women hoping to get
husbands and boyfriends dressing as smartly as their
He said the Donegal star (54) has a tall, lean frame
and is a "dream to dress".
"Daniel is a model figure to dress. He keeps in
great shape and the clothes hang very well on him,"
"The brief for the new outfits was to give Daniel
and his band a sharp, on-trend look. Daniel also
needs fabrics with a bit of stretch in them for
dancing on stage."
Suits you sir: Daniel O'Donnell
pictured in a new Carl Gross three-piece along with
his Cork outfitter pal Tony Riordan.
The businessman, who
owns Tony's Menswear on Marlboro Street, and the
crooner go back over 25 years. They first met when
the Munster man started taking regular holidays in
the singer's native Donegal in the early 1990s.
Their long friendship has resulted in Daniel
choosing the Cork outfitter on a number of occasions
including his honeymoon wardrobe for his wedding to
Majella in 2002.
"I did all Daniel's casual clothes for the wedding
apart from the wedding day suit itself."
The retailer of 28 years said many people don’t
realise that Daniel makes about three costume
changes per concert.
This time, his devoted audiences can look forward to
seeing the popular performer in a sharp, three-piece
navy blue suit with beige piping by Marc Darcy; a
mid-blue suit with shadow-check by Torre and a
silver-grey mohair three-piece by Carl Gross.
His band were similarly kitted out in fashionable
grey-checked ensembles with black velvet trim.
The new outfits also feature the latest in stylish
waistcoats, crisp shirts and a variety of
fashionable neck ties.
All are "in-demand, up to the minute trends", added
Meanwhile, apart from the several thousands of euro
the singer spent on his stylish new tour wardrobe,
Daniel’s custom is also good for business long term.
"People come in the door and say 'you dress Daniel,
would you have something similar for my husband or
boyfriend?'. Daniel is a great fashion role model
especially for men in the late-30s to mid-50s age
group. His style is sharp, chic and elegant."