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Our rec­om­men­da­tions for when a bit of re­tail and beauty therapy is re­quired.

NA­TION­WIDE

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.

COS cos­stores.com

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.

DUNNES dun­nes­stores.com

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.

PENNEYS pri­mark.com

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.

TOP­SHOP top­shop.com

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!

CORK

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.

ENIBAS

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.

KI­MONO

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.

MIS­CHIEF MAK­ERS

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.

MODA MALLOW

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.

PEB­BLES

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.

SAMUI

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.

VANILLA BOU­TIQUE

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

DUBLIN

ALIAS TOM

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.

ARNOTTS

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.

CAROUSEL

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).

CLEO LTD.

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!

COS­TUME

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!

GE­NIUS

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?

HA­VANA

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.

NOWHERE

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.

PA­TRICK SHEARY

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.

UR­BAN DE­CAY

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.

VIC­TO­RIA’S SE­CRET

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.

GA LWAY

COLETTE LATCHFORD

Ly­don Court, Bóthar Irwin,

Co. Gal­way

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.

LES JUMELLES

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

MACBEES

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.

KIL­DARE

DIVINE

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.

GALLERY 9

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.

KIL­DARE VIL­LAGE

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 SIL­VER­WARE

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.

EM­PO­RIUM KALU

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.

KILKENNY

MIMI BOU­TIQUE

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.

LIM­ER­ICK

ISOBEL

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!

M AYO

DON RACINE

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.

SLIGO

EJ MENSWEAR

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.

TIPPERARY

THE WARDROBE

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!

WA­TER FORD

MUSE

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.

REDLANE

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.

WES TMEATH

OLIVIA DANIELLE

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.

WEX­FORD

FROCK

3A Sel­skar St., Co. Wex­ford Tel: (053) 915 2087

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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...

PLACE

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.

RUBY ROUGE

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.

WIC KLOW

JUJU

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.

Your es­sen­tial guide to the best shop­ping des­ti­na­tions around Ire­land. WORDS: Roe Mc­Der­mott & Amy McMa­hon

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