1992 - Debra O'Mahony (Etoile Emboridery Design)
The 1992 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (London) was won by Debra O'Mahony and her business Etoile Emboridery Design.
Established in 1991 as a company offering a bespoke embroidery service to “top end” designers in the diverse fields of fashion, theatre, TV and advertising, Debra O’Mahony quickly built a reputation within the fashion textile industry. Etoile Embroidery Design’s prestigious clientele includes Nicole Farhi, The Royal Opera House, and Granada Television, and the occasional celebrity such as Mick Jagger, Bjork and Caprice, who are all attracted to Debra’s personal service and fine workmanship.
Debra is committed to supporting up-and-coming designers by providing work placements for up to three months at a time, giving students an insight into business operations and hands-on experience of the design world. She often delivers lectures to design students advising them how to turn their passions and skills into a career, and also works with the London Institute for the Arts, teaching business skills to undergraduate students taking creative degrees.
Etoile Embroidery Design remains a small but specialist business employing two core staff and the original team of outworkers. In recent years new commissions have been received from Paramount Films and Dawn French among many others.
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