More than sweatshirts

Author: Colleen O'Connor

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At the invitation of Mike Low, director of Notre Dame’s licensing department, Vesi, maker of the Lady Irish Collection of women’s clothing at the Hammes Bookstore, facilitated a focus group of female staff last winter to hear suggestions on expanding the selection of women’s working attire. Subsequent meetings have been held at the company’s headquarters. No timeline has been established; however, discussions are under way for additional product development. The current Lady Irish Collection by Vesi includes tops and woven sweaters.

Women’s sweaters and high-end jewelry, including rings and bracelets, are available as part of the “Made in Ireland Collection,” a shop within a shop at the bookstore. Opening just before football season last fall, the shop also features woolen shawls in the trademarked ND tartan plaid, outerwear, hats, men’s and youth sweaters, and other gift items and knickknacks, such as sustainable bread boards and worry stones, all of which were made in Ireland. The worry stones are the most popular item in the collection.

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A new licensed product is ear bud covers for earphones. The ear buds feature the interlocking ND. These are available along with cell phone covers in various styles with ND logos and flash drives with the ND logo. Another one of the newer products is the “sportula,” a spatula with an interlocking ND on the blade and “Irish” on the handle, great for upcoming summer outdoor grilling.

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For any questions concerning the products, please contact the Licensing Department at 631-9327.