Swan takes flight

Deciding to align itself with a promising young golfer named Padraig Harrington allowed Karl Swan’s business to thrive in the golf clothing market

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor @gnelis
7th November, 2009

In a business park on the northside of Dublin, Karl Swan is inspecting 200,000 items of clothing. Row upon row of suits, casual jackets, trousers and golf apparel are stored in the warehouse of his company, John Swan Ltd, ready to be sent to retailers and sold under the Kartel brand. It’s a far cry from the company’s modest beginnings in the late 1940s,when Swan’s grandfather, John Joseph Swan, founded the family business....

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

The year in review

Legacy Richie Oakley 1 year ago

Newsround: What Thursday’s papers say

Legacy Leanna Byrne 5 years ago

More cycle routes, expansion of Luas to Bray and new bus network proposed

Legacy Digital Desk 5 years ago