National award for Limerick franchise

Zip Yard managing director Caroline Wallace

LIMERICK clothing alterations franchise The Zip Yard has won the ‘Franchise of the Year  Sustainability’ award at this year’s Irish Franchise Association (IFA) Awards.

“We are proud and delighted to receive this award as sustainability and sustainable fashion is what our business is all about,” said managing director Caroline Wallace.

She pointed out that altering garments “is an easy way to save money and help save the planet. For example, extending the life of your clothes by nine months, can reduce their carbon, water, and landfill footprint by up to 30 per cent,” she explained.

Founded by the late Don Wallace in 2005, the Zip Yard identified a gap in the market where it found how very few body shapes conform to the standard European clothes sizes.

The Zip Yard grew into a franchise with shops all over the country and entered the British market in early 2010. The company’s success is based on taking a different approach to the clothing alterations business. People want their garments, whether they are ‘every day’ items or ‘special occasion’ wear, altered by trained professionals they can trust, quickly and efficiently.

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