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Bags and Bling in Aid of The Somalia Famine Relief Fund by Laura Leonard

Bags and Bling in Aid of The Somalia Famine Relief Fund by Laura Leonard

Priory Studios had the wonderful opportunity to get involved in the ‘Bags and Bling’ project organised by singer and fund raiser Sharon Crosbie. The idea is people can donate their designer handbags and bling to be sold in aid of the Somalia Famine Relief appeal on the 20th August.

The shoot took us to ‘Lost Society’ a real trendy and chic, if somewhat eclectic bar  in Powerscourt Town centre, Dublin yesterday. We only had a short space of time to get some publicity shots and then had to race back to the studio to get the images retouched and sent off to the national media. Lost society is a fabulous setting for photography.  The tall windows adorn the rooms from floor to ceiling allowing  us to work with beautiful and perfect ‘North’ light with which to photograph our models.


The main bar area is really chic with funky mood lighting, all adding to the ambience and cool atmosphere of the place. One of our models Amie, posed wearing a gorgeous Fran & Jane dress, with handbags and bling to match. She is surrounded by some of the handbags going on sale including lables such as Prada, Chanel, Hermes, Deborah Veale and Knuttal. We wish Sharon & Co huge success with this project. The official press release is here with further information on how you can help.

‘Bags and Bling’

Fundraising sale of bags and jewellery for Somalia

Saturday 20th August

10am – 5pm

The Lost Society, Powerscourt Townhouse, South William St, Dublin 2

It started with a conversation between neighbours on a sunny Sunday morning about the tragedy unfolding in Somalia.  As women, the need to do something to help the mothers of Somalia and their children was compelling and so an idea for a bag and jewellery swop among friends has now spiralled into a fantastic designer ‘Bags and Bling’ event.

Sharon Crosbie, Chairperson of the charity First Step Georgia, immediately contacted her good friend Caroline Desmond of MCD who has been wonderfully supportive of the idea. Caroline in turn has rallied her friends to donate their bags. These friends include Jedward who are donating a bag that they have customised especially for the event.

’The generosity of people in offering their bags, jewellery and time has been overwhelming’ said Sharon. ‘TV3 were in touch offering to help as soon as they heard about the idea, and the artist Graham Knuttel has donated 10 signed bags. The ladies behind ‘Fran and Jane’ have donated jewellery from their stylish boutiques. Aidan Fitzgerald, the well-known hairdresser has donated 200 goodie bags and Irish designer, Deborah Veale has donated a beautiful bag from her collection.’

The owners of the ‘The Lost Society’, the fantastic venue in Powerscourt Townhouse have generously given the use of their premises for the day.

The phones are hopping with enquiries and pledges of support.  Depots have been set up in Cork city, Kinsale and Carrigaline and the good ladies of Cork are clearing out their wardrobes for this excellent cause. Keelin Egan in Castleknock has mobilised the Castleknock set and some glamorous donations from these ladies are on their way!

‘This is going to be such a fun ‘girlie event’’ said Sharon, ‘There will be bags and bling for every age group and every pocket, and plenty of genuine designer bags including Gucci, Prada, and Fendi so come along and bring your friends, your sisters, your daughters, and your mother too!’

Can I go? Entry to ‘Bags and Bling’ is open to everyone. Admission is free and all proceeds will go to the Somalian Famine Relief Fund administered through the office of Mary Robinson.

How can I donate a bag? Contact Sharon Crosbie on 086 835 6665




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