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One of our favourite jewellery designers, Chupi Sweetman, has said that she is "overwhelmed and incredibly happy" after winning the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at the prestigious UK Jewellery Awards 2018.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit category was awarded for the first time this year, to recognise an inspiring individual who has shown great determination, leadership and ambition to build a successful business.

“I’m utterly overwhelmed and incredibly happy to win the Entrepreneurial Spirit award," Chupi, who founded Chupi in 2013, said after the event.

"It was surreal to be at the event surrounded by some of the most brilliant designers from around the world – I felt lucky just to be shortlisted but to win was something really special."

Talking about her dream to make "beautiful jewellery" in Ireland, Chupi admitted that many people thought she was crazy when she first started out.

However, after her big win on Wednesday, the designer, whose inspiration comes from the imperfect beauty of wild and natural things like feathers and twigs, admits that her dream now feels real. 

"Everyone thought I was crazy, but standing on stage in London, winning our first international award, it all feels so incredibly real, and it’s all thanks to the love and support of our customers.”

The annual awards night took place at London’s Artillery Gardens on Wednesday 4 July, seeing more than 700 members of the watch and jewellery world come together to celebrate the industry’s achievements over the past 12 months.

Well done, Chupi – we're absolutely delighted for you. 


Chupi Jewellery has warmed our hearts with this incredibly moving gesture. The Dublin designer Chupi and her team kindly created 280 necklaces for each of the Magdalene Laundry survivors.

The heartwarming gesture has strengthened our love of Chupi and everything she does.

She tweeted about the touching project: “For #DublinHonoursMagadalenes we made a necklace for each of the 280 women who experienced the horror of the Magdalene laundries. My brilliant team spent yesterday making, packing and writing cards to these brave women. Thank you @NorahCasey for making it possible to honour them.”

The necklaces were wrapped up in dainty little Chupi boxes and sent to the women who were being honoured in Dublin this week.

Founder of the jewellery company Chupi Sweetman and the team have received waves of praise with the tweet receiving nearly 800 likes.

Vivienne Flood of RTÉ wrote: “What a lovely thought. Congratulations and thanks to both of you for all your efforts to honour these courageous women on all our behalf.”

Anna Geary shared, “A beautiful thing to do for these women xx”

Another Twitter user wrote: “What a lovely thing to do for these ladies. Well done everyone involved.”

Earlier this week, the survivors were honoured at two events in the capital. It is understood that women travelled from all around the world to visit Dublin for this historic occasion.

The survivors were honoured at a garden party at Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by President Michael D Higgins and later attended a gala dinner at Mansion House.

It is believed that at least 10,000 women passed through the doors of Magdalene Laundries in Ireland from 1922 to 1996.

The President acknowledged how women were failed by the State which should have 'had your welfare at its core.'

Ambassador for Dublin Honours Magdalenes, Norah Casey shared, “This event is not about celebration, it’s about dignity and respect.”



When designer Helen Steele took to the VIP Style Awards red carpet, all eyes were on the 'fashion is repealing' slogan adorning her statement dress. 

The dress is one of many designs which will be hosted in The Atrium tomorrow evening, in a benefit for the Together For Yes campaign, the National Civil Society Campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution.

12 of Ireland's most creative minds in fashion have come together to create a 12 piece, one-off couture collection, along with 50 other limited edition pieces per designer.


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Helen Steele, Natalie B Coleman, Margaret O’Connor, Chupi, Pearl Reddington, Jill DeBurca, Caoimhe MacNeice, Tissue, Manley, Sphere One, Atrium and Louise Kavanagh are the designers involved. 

The ‘Fashion is Repealing’ collection will feature hats, necklaces, jackets, dresses and tees.


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'As the referendum mostly affects women, we wanted to work with the Irish fashion industry to create a visual conversation within an industry primarily absorbed by women,' said The HunReal Issues founder Andrea Horan.

'We worked with the best designers and makers to come up with some of the most powerful responses to the fight for reproductive rights in Ireland.'

'Whoever is lucky enough to end up with these pieces will be getting a piece of fashion history.'

The designers themselves are impassioned by the project. 

'The defiant feeling of the boldness of the word repeal in the hard metal just makes you feel and believe that we can do this,' designer Chupi Sweetman said of her design. 'This is our chance.' 

All items will be available to buy in Atrium, Powerscourt Centre tomorrow night from 5-7.30pm.