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Bairbre Power – Irish Independent – Wednesday, 16 April 2014 (originally published 14 Apr)
The recession may have cost Sandra Walsh her two fashion boutiques but it inspired her to create an international hit.
The downturn saw the Dublin mother of two switch her attention to inventing Canopi, a €40 fashion product for women who don’t like showing off their arms. Now, in less than three years, she wholesales to 17 countries and is the first Irish designer to be sold in the Brown Thomas-sister store, de Bijenkorf, in Amsterdam. This week, the Tipperary-born entrepreneur mixes style with healthy living by launching a new range, ‘Five Tops For Life’, which are made from a breathable ‘Meryl’ fabric, which has a UPF 50 in the fabric, which helps protect against skin cancer.
“We need to be sun smart even if the sun is not shining in Ireland. It was when I was out playing golf and tennis that I thought about what women needed . . .