Guy Clothing and its sister store KODE owners Anthony and Kara Kearns found themselves with reason a plenty to celebrate recently with Guy Clothing crowned Hi Magazine’s Most Stylish Menswear Store in Ireland at a glitzy awards night in Cork.
Hi Style is Ireland’s number one social and style diary, focusing on local and national beauty, fashion, profile pieces, and much more besides. For Anthony, the first surprise came with being nominated for the award, as the successful businessman points out that neither he nor Kara are ones for taking things for granted.
”Well we’re busy all year round, thank God, but at this time of the year, as anyone involved in any kind of retail will know, everything shifts up to another level completely in terms of being busy. And you’re always planning ahead as well, so while Christmas is just around the corner, the nature of our business is that we already have our eyes fixed on horizons beyond that too, thinking about the summer of 2019, for one example. So in the middle of all of that came the news that we’d been nominated. And that in itself was a surprise. It’s just not something that you ever think about happening, or ever expect to happen.”
So when the result was revealed on Saturday night, how did Anthony feel?
”Total shock. That’s the honest answer. Delighted as well, of course, and very honoured that people think so highly of what we do. We have a fabulous team in place who make sure that all of our customers are taken care of, of course. So it’s a bit like sports, it’s a team game and a team who win something like this, myself and Kara just happen to be the ones who get to raise the trophy, if you like. But definitely, when the result was announced, there was a sense of disbelief. But it’s great, we’re very pleased about it.”