Design Philosophy of Nicky Wallace

"My design philosophy is the creation of timeless elegance with traditional and avant-garde fabrics,

refined details and meticulous quality.
I seek to achieve the perfect combination of beauty and functionality in an attempt

to bring to my clients a sense of feeling good and feeling beautiful".




Nicky Wallace Couture in Saint Malo (France)

Nicky Wallace has a story to tell. And what a tale it is from this Tailor to the Stars.


He is, after all, the man who designed the famous “Miami Vice” suits for TVs Don Johnson and his partner.


Nicky is a classic menswear designer with a pedigree that goes all the way back to his tailor father and the family store in Wexford town in Ireland.


From those small-town beginnings, Nicky has tasted Hollywood, London, Paris, Milan and his original base, Dublin.


Born and raised in Wexford, Nicky grew up surrounded by old school fine tailoring. As a child he spent many hours helping out the old tailors in his father’s workshop in the town, surrounded by fabrics and patterns.


After winning a number of National awards during college in the UK and working with various Design Houses, Nicky developed his first collection in 1982. The collection was very well received in the United States, in particular, bringing in orders from famous department stores such as Macys, Paul Stuart NY, and Carson Pirie Scott of Chicago.


Following success in America, Nicky began to take part in Trade Fairs in key fashion centres such as Paris, London and Florence, thus establishing markets across Europe and Japan. It was at one of his Paris shows that Nicky was approached by Universal Studios and invited to work as one of the designers on the hugely popular “Miami Vice” series.


There he designed the iconic suits which actors Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas (in their roles as detectives Crocket and Tubbs) wore in the iconic TV series, “Miami Vice” and which became a Must Have fashion item across America and the globe.
His clients also included the actors Peter Ustinov and Michael Epps, and including Basketball star Bernard KIng, who became friends.


Nicky’s collections were stocked in many specialist boutiques in the UK, including on the famous Kings Road in London, where some of his clothes were picked up by rock stars such as George Michael and David Bowie for whom Nicky designed a long linen duster coat. Nicky has also designed for the iconic Van Morrison.


From there Nicky went on to work as a fashion consultant, spending time in London, Paris and Milan. This in turn was followed up by the establishment of a niche Couture business.


Opening a store in Dublin in the early 2000’s, Nicky returned to his tailoring origins and developed a specialty shop concentrating on Made-to-Measure, with his signature 'New Aristocrat' look.
In the process, he won many new clients, including well-known businessmen and figures from the entertainment industry.
He also forged strong links with the Greater Manchester Area in the UK where rich Premiership footballers were keen to wear Nicky Wallace, including Manchester United’s Wes Brown who wore a Wallace-designed suit for his wedding. Other football stars such as Andy Cole, Nemanja Vidic and Alan Shearer were also clients.


More recently, Nicky was based in London for several years and then France for 8 years, where he had set up a Studio-Shop, to service French and UK clients, but has now moved his home and business back to his native Wexford in January 2020, and establishing his business again in Ireland.


And now a new Boutique/Showroom has been opened in Wexford, Ireland.
See contact for details.