Two Donegal boutiques have been announced as finalists in the prestigious Xpose/fafinder fashion awards.

Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney. Xposé fafinder Awards. Image via TV3

Online jewellery boutique and McElhinneys Bridal Rooms are in the running for separate prizes in the 2017 Xpose fafinder awards.

The highly coveted awards are a big event in the Irish fashion calendar. The awards aim to recognise and celebrate Independent fashion boutiques in Ireland and is a collaboration between TV3’s Xpose and fafinder (previously frockadvisor). fafinder, home to over 200 boutiques is a one stop fashion app created by fashion gurus Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney.

Online jewellery store Laveesha, founded by Dungloe medical scientist Louise Breslin has been listed in the top 3 in Best Accessories.

Louise shared her excitement with Donegal Woman: “I’ve been interviewed by Xpose for a segment due to air soon! It was very surreal but so much fun! The whole experience working with the fashion powerhouse Brendan Courtney & Sonya Lennon (owners of fafinder) is a lovely way to express my creativity and love of fashion. A world apart from my day job as a medical scientist!!” she said.

Pronovias Atelier Natura Wedding Dress, which was featured by McElhinneys on Xpose

The McElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Ballybofey are listed in the Best Bridal category.
Bridal Rooms Business Manager Richard Crawford said: “Having won this award last year we are honoured to have been nominated again. It’s so important to recognise Independent Irish Retailers, especially in the current climate. Having filmed our Xpose feature last week, we are excited for it to air and we are hoping our customers support us again this year by voting!”

Visit to vote for this year’s winners.