SHOPPING & GROOMING
Our recommendations for when a bit of retail and beauty therapy is required.
BORN CLOTHING bornfashions.ie
The West has been born again! The first contemporary multi-brand store in the West of Ireland, the Born Clothing phenomenon offers some of Europe’s top affordable fashion lines for men, women and children. Started in Galway, it has now moved nationwide, with several stores opening across the country. The theory is that you can pamper the whole family with trendy, fun and playful designs – minus the hefty price tags.
BROWN THOMAS brownthomas.com
Brown Thomas has been described as the crème de la crème of department stores – and the description fits. Its original base on Dublin’s Grafton Street – a byword for cosmopolitan luxury and style – is the flagship. Label lovers will adore the department store’s Irish designer showcase; formal-wear section; designer shoe and bag boutique; outstanding menswear department; and jewellery counters. You’ll find Ireland’s biggest and best collection of brands, including Burberry, Prada, Tiffany & Co, Givenchy, Louise Kennedy and Victoria Beckham. Thousands of tourists flock here annually. There’s a restaurant on the third floor, while shoppers are also enticed by the contemporary Brown’s Bar and Café; a barber service; and personal shopping gurus.
• There are also BT outlets in Cork, Galway and Limerick.
CARRAIG DONN carraigdonn.com
A nationwide fashion favourite, Carraig Donn boasts an extensive mix of Irish and international ladies’ fashion, jewellery and gifts – including leading labels like J’aime la Vie, Pala d’Oro, Kelly & Grace Weekend, Rowen Avenue and Daisy May.
First opening in Dublin in 2014, Cos has gained a reputation for clean, simple basics for men, women and children. Sometimes dubbed architect’s clothes, it’s all about structure at Cos, whether it’s a wear-withall navy skirt or a comfortable LBD. Also in Brown Thomas in Cork, Galway and Limerick.
Long-standing Irish chain Dunnes has been transformed into a hip fashion hub, thanks to collaborations with a host of hot designers including Carolyn Donnelly, Lennon Courtney, Leigh Tucker and Paul Costelloe. A must-visit for new season fashion and ontrend home accessories.
Oh, Penneys, how we love you! When it comes to affordable fast-fashion that is on the money, this Irish export is hard to beat. Whether it’s pyjamas, sportswear, bikinis or hot-to-trot shoes and accessories, you can give your wardrobe a revamp without breaking the bank.
While British-born, we have to high-five high street giant Topshop for flying the flag for Irish design. They sponsored up-and coming Irish designer Richard Malone’s SS16 collection as part of their Fashion East project, and have worked with the country’s finest, including Simone Rocha. Topshop have recently welcomed one of Ireland’s favourite vintage shops, Nine Crows, into their St. Stephen’s Green and Jervis Centre stores. A refreshing move for sustainable fashion.
TK MAXX tkmaxx.ie
If you’re a lover of designer brands and talented at rummaging, get down to your local TK Maxx! With stores nationwide, TK Maxx sell big names and designer labels, as well as popular brands, up-and-coming labels, stylish fashion and one-off gems – at prices that are up to 60 percent less than elsewhere! With clothes, accessories, homeware and more, the sheer volume of great designer items is mightily impressive!
BROCADE AND LIME
4 Cornmarket Street, Cork Tel: (021) 427 8882 brocadeandlime.ie Dubbed one of the best indie boutiques in Ireland by Elle magazine, vintage store Brocade And Lime houses ’40s influenced label Stop Staring, as well as a selective range of bona fide vintage pieces. From corsets to petticoats, hats and lippy, a trip to this retro store – set in a Victorian townhouse – is like stepping back in time.
Main Street, Schull, Co. Cork & Connolly House, Kinsale, Co. Cork Tel: (028) 28 868 enibas.com
A lovely designer jewellery boutique, showcasing hand-picked Irish and international designers, including Alan Ardiff, Chupi, La Molla, Linda Uhlemann, Maureen Lynch and Michael Michaud.
Main Street, Charleville, Co. Cork. Cork (063) 21602 / kimono.ie
Kimono is aimed at the fashion conscious working woman, looking for something classical but edgy. Since opening in 2003, it has become as one of Ireland’s most interesting boutiques. The store is intimate, with a French boudoir-style décor, and owner Ailish Mullane is on a constant quest to find up-and-coming labels. Brands include Malene Birger, Moskada, Roisin Linnane, Fuego and Pieszak denim; there’s gorgeous statement jewellery from Soru, Ziio and Tataborello; and bags from Coccinelle, Wilbur & Gussie, Tissa Fontaneda and others. There is a second branch in Limerick.
East Douglas Village, Cork, Tel: (021) 489 4550 mischiefmakers.ie
One of Ireland’s oldest and most loved independent retailers of children’s clothes, Mischief Makers is an ultra-chic kids’ clothing store located in Douglas on the outskirts of Cork City. From christening gowns to communion outfits, and newborn
clothes to teen fashion, Mischief Makers stocks sought-after brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Absorba, Emile et Rose and more. There’s even a play area to keep the kids entertained while the adults shop. Check out mischiefmakers.ie for online shopping.
143 Bank Place, Mallow, Co. Cork Tel: (022) 42737 modamallow.ie
Aoife Myler-Herlihy sources innovative designs from around the globe for this cute boutique. Expect a mix of Irish and international labels such as Maison Scotch, French Connection, Selected Femme and Hultquist.
47 Main Street, Schull, Co. Cork Tel: (028) 28 165 schull.ie/where-to-shop/pebbles
A unique concept store, producing in-house clothing in Irish linen, wool and silk, Pebbles also stocks an exclusive selection of Irish knitwear, and clothing from around the world.
17 Drawbridge Street, Cork Tel: (021) 427 8080 samuifashions.com
Clodagh Shorten, the owner of Samui boutique, works tirelessly to source innovative and directional labels for her customers, creating a carefully curated collection that features designers such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rick Owens, Moncler and Acne, among others. SAVILLE MENSWEAR
43 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork Tel: (021) 427 0334 savillemenswear.ie
Founded in 1977 by husband and wife Jim and Pam O’Regan, Saville Menswear stocks a range of premium ebrands, extending across semi-casual, smart casual, corporate and formal wear, including Hugo Boss, Gant, Tommy Hilfiger and Bugatti.
Fitzgeralds Place, Fermoy, Co. Cork Tel: (025) 33000 vanillaboutique.ie
Since its opening in 2003, Vanilla Boutique has been the stomping ground for the styleset in Cork. Specialists in dressing people for all types of occasions, you can shop on-trend wear without any eye-popping price tags
Duke Lane, Grafton Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 671 5443 aliastom.com
Dublin’s gents are treated here to a shop heaving with quality designer clothing, courtesy of a who’s who of the fashion world, from Italian master Armani to modish Brit Paul Smith. The downstairs floor is dedicated to tailoring, the upper to casuals.
AND OTHER STORIES
26-27 Grafton Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 247 0100 stories.com
A relatively new addition to Ireland’s fashion scene, And Other Stories opened its Grafton Street store 2016, and has already built up an adoring fanbase of fashionistas. A part of the Swedish H&M family along with COS, Monki, Weekday and Cheap Monday, And Other Stories features simple, well-tailored pieces which will instantly make you look polished. The selection features classics like jeans, t-shirts and jumpers, but it also has on-trend pieces and a great selection of beauty products, jewellery and handbags that look far more expensive than they are.
12 Henry Street, Dublin 1 Tel: (01) 805 0400 arnotts.ie
Now owned by Brown Thomas, this iconic Dublin department store is jam-packed with high-street designers as well as stunning evening-wear; the best in beauty; and the highest in heels, in a great shoe section! Whether you’re looking for clothes, accessories or beautiful homeware, this classic city centre outlet has skin in the game. Arnotts also offers a brilliant personal shopping service, for anyone looking for a unique outfit for a special occasion. Arnotts’ team of experienced stylists and personal shoppers are there to help.
20 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 677 8713 ilovecarousel.com
An independently-owned clothing and lifestyle store, Carousel carry the much-loved eponymous brand, as well as like-minded, internationally-sourced independent labels and one-of-a-kind vintage dresses, complemented with an eclectic mix of accessories and gifts. They have two additional branches in Cork (26 Oliver Plunkett Street) and Galway (2 Lower Cross Street).
18 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Tel: (01) 6761421 cleo-ltd.com
Established by the late Kathleen Ryan in
1936, Cleo began as a small retail outlet in Dublin, selling only authentic hand-knit sweaters from the Aran Islands. Nowadays, Cleo is run by Kathleen’s daughter Kitty and her granddaughters Helen and Sarah, and the store is positively thriving. Specialising in exciting Irish clothing made from natural fibres, their stock includes a brilliant range of hand-knit sweaters. They also have a superb selection of coats, capes, linen blouses, shirts, and much more. The clothing, made lovingly by Irish artisans and crafts-people, has been called “wearable art”, and it’s easy to see why. Cleo also stock a gorgeous array of accessories and gifts that blend tradition and whimsy, including felt flowers, tweed mice, and handknit bunnies – perfect presents for little family members!
10-11 Castle Market, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 679 4188 costumedublin.ie
Located in the fashionable Castle Market area, Costume has long been a favourite with Dublin’s fashion conscious. Founded in the late ’90s by three sisters, Anne, Leigh and
Tracy Tucker, the independent luxury multibrand fashion boutique puts the emphasis on building a timeless wardrobe that’s about personal style, not disposable fashion. The range reflects quality and cut throughout, with collections from the likes of Roland Mouret, Isabel Marant and Yves Salomon.
DUNDRUM TOWN CENTRE Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin 16 Tel: (01) 299 1700 dundrum.ie
If you feel like venturing out of town, answer the siren call of South Dublin’s suburbs, and behold a shopping haven. Ireland’s premier new shopping destination of the past ten years, Dundrum Town Centre is home to Ireland’s only branch of UK department store House of Fraser, stocking brands like Dune, Miss Selfridge and Jacques Vert, Meanwhile, Harvey Nichols is the perfect stop for expensive splurges, with such exclusive brands as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. Other favourites in the sleek shopping mall are Cath Kidston, Hollister and Inglot, while high-street chains H&M, Monsoon and River Island are also attractions. With a cinema and countless restaurants and cafes, you can turn your shopping trip into a day out!
Clarendon Street, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 679 7851 genius.ie
Genius has long been known as Ireland’s best independent denim, fashion and footwear retailers for men. Stocking some of the most cutting-edge brands from around the world, their selection of T-shirts, tops, blazers, leather jackets and, of course, jeans is fantastic. Throw in some great music, good presentation and helpful stylists – what more could you want?
2 Anglesea House, Donnybrook Road, Dublin 4 Tel: (01) 260 2707 havanaboutique.ie
Havana is a very stylish and fabulously curated Donnybrook boutique, stocking exclusive designer labels – including Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Simone Rocha and Comme des Garcons. For people with a few shekels to spend, this is one of Dublin’s very best fashion outlets. NEW LOOK
Jervis Shopping Centre, Mary Street, Dublin 1 Tel: (01) 894 3362 newlook.com
South-African and British retailer New Look has enjoyed huge success thanks to its trendy clothes for men and women. The store is particularly known for its teen collections, and is hugely popular with young women from 15 to 25. If you have the confidence to pull off the most on-point of trends, check it out.
65 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 607 8983 nowhere.ie
This upmarket, independent menswear store on Aungier Street features an array of incredible designers, labels and collaborations: individual pieces in the store ooze class and style. We love their perfectly tailored coats and shirts, their cutting-edge Craig Green collections and their Adidas X line, which sees the trainer giant collaborate with new designers. We also love the retroinspired backpacks and watches, while the gorgeous fragrances and colognes make a perfect present for the man in your life. The brand also has a podcast that explores masculinity through the eyes of academics, artists, designers, techies and writers.
33 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 611 1846 patricksheary.ie
Patrick Sheary are ready to provide all the suits, shirts, ties, jackets, coats and accessories it takes to get a man looking respectable! One of the most respected formal wear providers in Ireland, Patrick Sheary has a whole host of famous figures willing to testify to his skills. With Kian Egan and Bressie among his fans, you can be guaranteed that you’re in good, stylish hands.
SUSAN HUNTER LINGERIE
Westbury Shopping Mall, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 679 1271 susanhunter.ie
Susan Hunter is a luxury boutique-style lingerie store, selling ornate and elegant undergarments by La Perla and Hanro. If you need advice, just ask.
50-51 Grafton Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 6336767 urbandecay.com
Urban Decay’s rst standalone Irish boutique opened last summer on Grafton Street, and beauty lovers were swooning. The boutique is representative of the brand – edgy, luxurious and exuberantly feminine. Featuring ten make-up stations over two oors, the shop
is a wonderland of colour and attering lighting – perfect for those Instagram sel es of your now perfect self! With a huge range of products as well as lessons from €50, makeup lovers are in for a treat.
28-29 Grafton Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 224 7030 victoriassecret.com
Victoria’s Secret has of cially landed in Ireland, opening its doors as an early Christmas present in December 2017. Taking over the store formerly occupied by BT2, the lingerie and accessories giant now spans three oors. Yes, your boyfriend will be as terri ed as Father Ted and his fellow priests when they got lost in the underwear department. But Victoria’s Secret isn’t just bras and knickers: they also sell cosmetics, perfumes, pyjamas and workout gear, including the brand’s popular PINK label.
Lydon Court, Bóthar Irwin,
Tel: (091) 563 630 facebook.com/ColetteLatchfordGalway
Owner Colette has drawn on her love of women’s fashion to create this popular boutique in Galway. The friendly team will find you an eclectic mix of clothes drawing on a number of local designers and must-have international brands. You’ll also find a range of quirky accessories and children’s fashions. Lydon Court is just off Eyre Square.
2-3 Church Lane, Galway. Tel: (091) 564 540 lesjumelles.ie
Twin sisters Mary McSweeney and Margaret Gallagher founded Les Jumelles in 1997, driven by an ambition to bring the most coveted fashion designs to the west of Ireland. Les Jumelles has since become a destination store. It really is a place where style rules. There’s lots to covet here including Natan, Diane Von Furstenberg, Acne, Rick Owens and Alexander Wang. They also stock Irish designers such as Galwaybased Ciara Silke – who specialises in luxury silk and cashmere scarves – and Róisín Linnane.
OHH! BY GUM
Station House Courtyard, Clifden, Co. Galway
Tel: (095) 21334 ohhbygum.ie
This is a one-of-a-kind eco-chic boutique that stocks fairtrade, organic and ethical fashions, as well as books, knitting supplies and retro sweets.
K E R RY
26 New Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry. Tel: (064) 663 3622 macbees.ie
MacBees is a contemporary luxury women’s fashion boutique with international sartorial savvy. One of its strengths is the way it combines new and innovative brands alongside classic collections. The ethos is to make every woman feel beautiful, and so they stock sizes 8 to 20 in a wide range of brands. International labels include Tara Jarmon, Paula Ka, Joseph Ribkoff and Basler, but MacBees has also been a long time champion of Irish designers like Aideen Bodkin, Heidi Higgins, Lennon Courtney,
Fee G and MoMuse. It’s also a popular bridal destination.
Unit 3, Manor Mills Shopping Centre Maynooth, Co Kildare
Tel: (01) 629 2550 divine.ie
This Maynooth boutique, run by Mary Greene, is all about affordable elegance. You’ll nd casual and formal wear, alongside maternity clothing from labels including Diva, Hope & Ivory and Guess. They do alterations as well as a make-up and nail service, so you can complete your A-list transformation.
2 Poplar House, Sallins Road, Naas, Co. Kildare. Tel: (045) 901 981 gallery9.ie
Opened in 2013 by Niamh McCoy, this conceptual boutique features a set of edgy and interesting labels. These include Italian designer Stella Jean; La Petite Robe’s dress collection Paper London; the statement pieces of Dice Kayek; and the traditional luxury knitwear of Roberto Collina. Gallery 9 also do the Victoria Beckham collection and the modern, minimalist designs of Solace. The emphasis is on cutting edge brands that deliver on wearability.
Greyabbey, Nurney Road, Co. Kildare Tel: (045) 520 501 kildarevillage.com
Looking for designer clothes and accessories on a budget? Kildare Village is the place for you. This outlet haven is constantly expanding and introducing new brands to their already lengthy list. Shop Karen Millen, Fossil, Michael Kors, Prada, All Saints and many more all in the one location. And Kildare Village also has a kids’ park and restaurants, transforming a shopping trip
into a family day out – making it easier than ever to spend a full day lapping up the luxury.
Newbridge, Co. Kildare (Stockists nationwide) Tel: (045) 431 301 newbridgesilverware.com
An Irish-owned manufacturer of cutlery, jewellery and giftware, Newbridge Silverware have successfully cultivated a reputation for class and elegance. The latest jewellery line comes from irish star Amy Huberman. ‘The Amy Collection’ draws inspiration from the sun, moon and stars. Post-shopping, you can check out their visitor centre, The Museum of Style Icons, and there’s also an excellent café.
16 South Main Street, Naas, Co Kildare
Tel (045) 896 222 emporiumkalu.ie
Kalu’s owners Kate O’Dwyer and Louise Flanagan stock this boutique with lust-worthy labels, running the gamut of styles from super chic to boho. Brands of note include Teri Jon, Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood, and Maria Grachvogel, as well as footwear from Castaner and Hudson. The Lucy Gilmore Murphy and Rose & Rose accessories are also worth a peek.
4 Kieran Street, Kilkenny
Tel: (056) 775 1001 facebook.com/MimiKilkenny-1492225071088118
Located in the heart of Kilkenny, Mimi Boutique has been wowing Irish fashionistas for almost a decade. Catering for ladies of all ages, the boutique is a treasure trove of beautiful and elegant designs, from evening wear to casual chic.
Main Street, Adare, Co. Limerick. Tel: (061) 395 476 isobel.ie
Isobel Boutique is located in a beautiful 1930s cottage, and has become the go-to shop for fashion lovers in the area – including numerous celebrities. When Catherine
Zeta Jones visited Adare Manor Hotel, she loved Isobel, which is a pretty solid recommendation! Isobel stocks international collections from fashion powerhouses like Diane Von Furstenberg, Red Valentino, Joseph Ribkoff and Roberto Cavalli, as well as Irish designers Heidi Higgins and Niamh O’Neill. All the outfits are co-ordinated with headpieces by Galway milliner Suzie Mahony and Dyrberg/Kern jewellery. Staff
have been trained in Paris and London. Isobel specialises in occasion wear and stocks sizes 6 to 20.
THE IVORY CLOSET
18 Shannon Street, Limerick Tel: (061) 314 422 theivorycloset.com
Got a big occasion you need to look fabulous for but the latest designer frocks are a bit of a stretch? It might just be time to look into dress rental. The Ivory Closet in Limerick is a buzzy fashion boutique, where you can get red carpet looks on a short-term basis. Ranging from €80 to €200, dresses can be hired for three nights, and with labels like Zhivago, Alex Perry, Rachel Gilbert and Bronx and Banco, there’s stunning stuff to choose from. Lisa Cannon and Vogue Williams have worn Ivory clothes for big occasions. You can rent the perfect jewellery to complete your ensemble, and they also do alterations. Watch out for occasional sales!
Castle Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo. Tel: (094) 902-2115 donracine.ie
Named Best Boutique in Mayo in 2015 and 2016, this family-run fashion emporium has been in business for 30 years. With over three floors of fashion, Don Racine stocks an impressive range, from casual to occasion wear. Over 40 international brands are stocked, including Joseph Ribkoff, Tia, Kristin Krog, Robella, Rant & Rave and Diesel – meaning that all the latest trends will be present and accounted for. What we really like about Don Racine is the lovely personal service. They also do a great alteration service, which is free of charge.
11 Grattan Street, Sligo Tel: (071) 917 0824 ejmenswear.ie
This premium menswear boutique in the heart of Sligo town houses a host of stylish brands including Lyle & Scott, SuperDry, GANT, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Bugatti and Remus. Well worth a browse.
JOHNSTON COURT Tel: (071) 914 0854 johnstoncourt.com
Johnston Court is a state-of-the-art shopping centre that has been a firm favourite since opening in 2007. Sligo’s finest style mall, the Court boasts a wide range of fashion shops – offering an interesting mix of international and domestic brands. From Pamela Scott and Jack & Jones to Edge Clothing (they stock the brands Only, Pieces and Endless Dominus), H. Samuel and more, there’s lots here to like.
37 Gladstone St, Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Tel: (052) 612 6922 thewardrobe.ie
The Wardrobe opened in the middle of the Celtic Tiger era in 2005, but through thick – and then thin – boutique owner Anne Mordaunt has kept the faith. Her vision was to create a unique alternative that focused on fostering individuality. It is something you sense immediately when you walk in: the bright and airy space is filled with colour and fancy frocks, which run the gamut from whimsical and flirty to elegant and sophisticated. Fashion-forward brands stocked include Traffic People, Little Mistress and Amber. Young and trendy fashion lovers should organise a road-trip and treat themselves!
92 The Quay, Co. Waterford Tel: (051) 854 448 museboutique.ie
A stylish, independent luxury boutique,
Muse offers edgy, unique and trendy clothing and accessories from mainly Irish brands, including jewellery makers Kim Keohane and Jennifer Kinnear. If you’re in the area, it’s a must-see.
The Cross Tramore, Co. Waterford. Tel: (051) 395 395, redlane.ie
Catherine Keighery opened Redlane in 2005, and it was one of the first Irish boutiques to set up a strong online presence. Redlane has become a go-to shop for great party dresses, pretty heels and more casual wear – labels stocked include French Connection, Desigual, The Pretty Dress Company and Darling. We like it that Redlane are really good at advising customers, taking into account your body shape and your personality, helping you to create a unique, versatile and wearable repertoire.
19 Church Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath Tel: (090) 647 2707 oliviadanielle.com
Established in 1979, Olivia Danielle attracts many of Ireland’s fashion lovers to the midlands. One label to look out for is
Nissa, which oozes a luxury far above its price bracket, while Paule Ka, Sonia Pena and Heidi Higgins are also popular. Olivia Danielle has an entire floor dedicated to shoes from Fitzpatricks of Grafton Street. The store also has a strong ethos of supporting Irish designers, and among its appealing accessories are Suzie Mahony hats, Susannah Grogan and Ciara Silke scarves, and Pat Whyte jewellery.
3A Selskar St., Co. Wexford Tel: (053) 915 2087
Frock boutique is a quirky stockist of upmarket brands like Orla Kiely and Odd Molly. Mixing vintage with contemporary garments, they stock plenty of sexy party outfits...
4 Esmonde Street, Gorey, Co. Wexford Tel: (053) 948 1774, place.ie
Owner Juliana Walters is a former stylist at Selfridges, so she knows a thing or two about the fashion biz. Her shop fuses Irish and international brands to form an eclectic collection of formal and casual wear, including some gorgeous off-the-shoulder numbers from labels like Tamsin, Cleo and Amelia.
The Dollshouse, 12 Upper Esmonde Street, Gorey, Co Wexford
Tel: (053) 948 4722 rubyrouge.ie
With celeb fans including Laura Whitmore, Brendan Courtney and Virgin Media’s Aisling O’Loughlin, you’re in fashionable company in this Gorey boutique. Stockists of Caroline Kilkenny, Aideen Bodkin, Forever Unique and Matilde Cano, as well as more casual labels such as Darling, they put a strong emphasis on bold colours – especially in their Curve by Ruby Rouge collection.
La Touche Place, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Tel: (01) 201 6723 juju.ie
Open since 2005, Juju stocks unusual and contemporary collections from both home and abroad. There’s a focus on stylish daywear: owner Juliette Ledwidge carries some great jeans lines, including James and Goldsign. There’s also an emphasis on knitwear, including Sian Jacobs and Johnston’s cashmere. Accessories include scarves from Susannah Grogan and jewellery from Melissa Curry. Quality and collaboration are central and Juju offers one-on-one consultations, helping customers to dress for their shape, personality and lifestyle.