Once upon a time, Dublin was a fashion wasteland. A dip in rents, some enterprising shopkeepers and the dawning of a more ethical approach to dressing has propelled Dublin’s fashion scene into adolescence, with new shops popping up like spots on a teenager.
Budgets might mean you reserve the higher end of retail for pure window-shopping, but the Irish-made collections, from luminaries such as Simone Rocha (Havana), Eilis Boyle (Bow) and Joanne Hynes (Costume), deserve some poring over. Otherwise it's easy to shop well, cheaply. The city's vintage buyers are epicureans, and have done the heavy trawling for you. Flea market business is booming. Spaces you might not expect boutiques to be are squeezing in rails (check out Revolver Project, hidden at the back of Twisted Pepper nightclub, or A Store Is Born which occupies a backstreet garage on Saturdays).
Some shops can be visited for the staff alone: Molloy and Dowling, an ephemera-obsessed couple who'll barter you some new glasses for anything fancy you've found in your attic and occassionally throw gigs and parties in their old Georgian basement; Ruth at Om Diva who might slip you some prosecco before a sewing workshop; Indigo & Cloth's Garrett might be knocking together the next issue of Dublin's fashion freesheet, Thread; the ladies at Optica who'll tell you exactly whether those square frames open up your face or not.
We’ve done our very best to include all the best shops, but if we’ve forgotten one of your favourites, do let us know via Twitter (@VisitDublin). Go forth: get your bearings, boys and girls, and help the indie retail trade power on.
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