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 not only the famous “Miami Vice” suits for Don Johnson and his partner, but also Johnny Logan’s iconic white suit he wore for his first Eurovision Song Contest win in 1980.

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.

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


On that much landmarked journey, he experienced highs and lows, the big time and the hard times.


Now, he is coming home to tell his story. At a time when a potentially life-threatening illness has put a hole in future plans, Nicky wants to put the record straight while at the same time showing that he still has more to give as a tailor/designer.


Based in the beautiful seaside town of St Malo in France for the last number of years, Nicky is moving his home and his business back to his native Wexford and basing his business again in Ireland.


“I felt it was time to take stock”, he explains, “After getting the diagnosis and beginning some very tough treatment I knew it was time to come home, to my family, friends and Wexford where it all began over 66 years ago.”


But not even a serious illness can keep Nicky’s creative spirit down. After coming out the other side of a successful treatment programme in France, Nicky is determined his tailoring and design business will continue as before – just not at the same intensity and from his new Wexford base.


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.
Due to his early introduction to the world of tailoring, Nicky developed a very unique understanding of the craft which has helped foster his own skills and a deep appreciation of belonging to a traditional industry which still has a special place even in today’s fast-paced and demanding society.


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 and Carson Pirie Scott of Chicago.


He had already tasted showbiz success when he designed Johnny Logan’s iconic white suit which the singer wore for his second Eurovision Song Contest winner in 1987 with the song, “Hold Me Now”.


“I got to know Johnny through Tom Kennedy of Alias Tom”, explained Nicky, “I made a few pieces for him, including the now famous white suit. I was so proud of Johnny when he won Eurovision and especially as he was wearing a suit I had designed for him. Incidentally, that suit is now on display in a Museum in Stockholm.”


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 and TV stars in the area were also clients.
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 him Nicky designed a long linen coat.


Following success in America, Nicky began to take part in Trade Fairs in key fashion centers 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) and which became a Must Have fashion item across America and the globe.


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 2000, Nicky returned to his tailoring origins and developed a specialty shop concentrating on Made-to-Measure, with his signature 'New Aristocrat' look.
He won many new clients, including well-known businessmen and figures from the entertainment industry.


But high rents and other pressures prompted Nicky to move to London for a short time before settling in St Malo in 2012 where he opened a seafront boutique but continued to service private clients in Ireland and the UK.


Now it is time to come home.


To Be Continued…………………………. www.nickywallace.com


For further information: Tony O’Brien Communications – 087 2438 584 tony@tonyobrien.ie


Nicky Wallace Couture

Opening a store in Dublin (2000), Nicky returned to his tailoring origins and developed a specialty store concentrating on Couture Made-to-Measure, with his signature 'New Aristocrat' look which is characterized by the uses of traditional and contemporary fabrics invoking the romantic style of more gentle times gone by with the signature special twist in his designs.


Nicky has evolved once again using advanced tailoring techniques to create a Niche International collection which was launched in January 2007 in New York. Which was followed up with a successful showing during Milan Fashion Week in January 2008 leading to setting up and growing a successful market in the UK.


Nicky has shown his collections during 2013 and 2014 in the MRKET show in New York and in Pitti Uomo in Florence.

Having opened a boutique and atelier in Saint Malo, Brittany in September 2013, Nicky is now well placed

to develop the French market. The story continues...