Cathy has been designing and making leather goods for over 30 years. Before her return to Ireland in 1989, she had her own retail store named “CATHIE-O” where she sold leather goods and made hand-tooled leather handbags, belts and small leather goods from her studio in London, using only the finest vegetable-tanned leathers sourced from Europe.
Since setting up her design studio in the Irish town of Dundalk, Co. Louth, Cathy has dedicated herself to making fashion handbags and accessories. She received her training from an Italian leather designer, based in Florence, and also attended the renowned Central Saint Martin’s College in London, where she studied design. A good deal of time is spent traveling abroad, seeking new products and beautiful leathers, such as Ostrich, Crocodile and Lizard prints made from the finest calf skins. She also uses vegetable tanned leathers, pebbled and soft plain leathers, in a wide range of colours.
Cathy’s bags are leather lined, in soft leather, with metal hardware and the finest threads are used to finish these beautiful leather products. Cathy works only with the highest quality materials available, using her unique techniques and skills in a constant drive for perfection.