Over the last number of years, Paul Galvin has achieved as much recognition for being a clotheshorse and style icon as he has as being one of Gaelic football’s top players. Therefore, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the 32-year-old Kerry footballer is furrowing further into the fashion industry, by releasing his own clothing line.
It is reported that Galvin has registered the trademark “Galvinise” and the application, which was lodged by Limerick solicitor, Paul Naughten states that the footballer intends to create his own range of sportswear. The brand will sell gloves, sports jerseys, sweat absorbent underclothing, body training equipment, and elbow guards, amongst other sporting equipment.
With a weekly fashion column in the Irish Independent and the infamous admission that he owns 70 pairs of shoes, Galvin’s love of fashion has been well documented in the Irish media. His style credentials have been further boosted by a fashion course he undertook in the Dublin Institute of Technology, but for the minute, his brand will be closer to the stock of O’Neill’s (an Irish sporting brand) than to that D&G or Armani.
Galvin is a seasoned dresser and his unconventional style (for a GAA player) has made him one of Ireland’s foremost male fashion icons, doing for GAA, what David Beckham has done for the Premiership. The line would make the All-Star the first Irish sportsman to have his own range of clothing, with many holding sponsorship deals, but none with their own brand.