Islington start-ups: Margaret Moreland bridal shop, New North Road

Margaret Moreland in New North Road

Margaret Moreland in New North Road - Credit: Archant

Every week, we take to the streets to find a start-up business right here in Islington. This week, we spotted a new bridal design shop that is attracting both male and female attention...

Margaret Moreland collection in New North Road

Margaret Moreland collection in New North Road - Credit: Archant

An Irish bridal designer has opened a flagship London store in New North Road.

Margaret Moreland also has shops in Dublin and Athlone, but this is the first store she has opened outside of Ireland.

And her collection is already attracting attention. She said: “I swear to you more guys have been stopping by the window than girls. When you get the guys interested you know you’re doing something right.”

Islington has the second highest number of Irish people living in England, second to Brent.

And Margaret’s brother, Paul Moreland, said the shop is filling a gap in the market: “She’s pretty well known in London. There are lots of Irish women who live in the area but are getting married in Ireland, so they want to get their fitting done here first.”

Of the opening, he added: “At the moment it’s a soft opening by appointment only. Our main launch is in January as that’s traditionally when brides shop for dresses. There are lots of people getting engaged over Christmas.”

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