A Network of Support
A graduate of the North West Regional College in Derry, Lynsey formally established the fashion business in April 2016. An exciting move, the designer credits a strong network of support as key to succeeding in the Start-Up world. She explains: "Locally, I have a great deal of support from businesses. I worked from the age of 16 in retail and I learned a lot from the people I worked for. In establishing a business, I knew a lot about the importance of making sure your customer is being catered for."
A skilled designer, Lynsey personally sketches out each design separately, before sitting down to work on the pattern-cut, stitching and embellishment. A task that requires considerable flair and attention-to-detail, she says having people to cheer you on as you face challenges is crucial.
"My family and boyfriend are such a great support as well, they are my number one fans. I couldn’t do what I do without them,” she explains. “There are days when you’re doubting yourself. But they’re my driving force and they give me inspiration when I have lost my own."
Not only does she count on her family and boyfriend for support, Lynsey reveals that the name for her brand was in fact inspired by this close-knit network as well. She says: "The name Haus Of MoHawk stemmed from a pet-name – MoHawk – that my father gave to me as a child. The Last of the Mohicans was a favourite film of ours, so that’s why I got that nickname! Then 'Haus' is urban slang which means something exciting is going to happen. I thought it was a nice combination of both."