The team behind the much-loved Om Diva boutique opened this second store just last year, as an extension of their Atelier 27 project supporting young designers. 2nd Space is housed inside the historic premises of The Central Dairy – the former home of the studio of Irish fashionista-duo Lennon Courtney – and combines a colourful blend of modern and vintage fashion with an area dedicated to spotlighting Ireland’s best emerging designers. Definitely the place to go if you want to find something truly unique; and it also has an in-house espresso bar!
2nd Space, 19 Upper Stephen Street, Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 475 8998
[ MADE ] Store & Gallery
Another relatively new addition to the Dublin shopping scene, [ MADE ] Store & Gallery in the Powerscourt Townhouse is a concept store with a clear mission – to stock only the best of contemporary Irish fashion design, along with jewellery and accessories. As well as exhibiting the work of local artists on their walls, they curate tasteful and captivating selections of clothing from the latest collections of designers like Jill de Burca, We Are Islanders, Danielle Romeril and Chupi jewellery.
Indigo & Cloth
One for the boys, this Temple Bar men’s boutique is incredibly stylish. Their sparse upper level is full of well-made, contemporary menswear items by international brands like Schnaydermans – a shirtmaker out of Stockholm and New York – as well as pieces made closer to home, like bags and blanket coats by Galway’s own The Tweed Project. Footwear is also available here, by labels like Saturdays NYC, and they stock some gorgeous men’s grooming and skincare items.
Indigo & Cloth, 9 Essex St E, Temple Bar, Co. Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 670 6403
This Temple Bar store used to be one of Dublin’s best-kept secrets, but has long been discovered by fashion insiders. Found at the bottom of Essex Street West near the lovely Cow’s Lane, Scout is owned by a woman with impeccable taste. Wendy Crawford chooses pieces by the coolest Irish and international labels – here you will find respected names like Petria Lenehan, Electronic Sheep and You Must Create (YMC), as well as beautiful homewares and lifestyle items. This store also has some lovely footwear and does great sales.
Scout, 5 Smock Alley Court, Essex Street West, Dublin 8, Ireland +353 1 677 8846
Nowhere menswear store have launched an attack on what they see as the relentless sameness of the majority of clothing for men. Describing their purpose as ‘a shared curiosity in the discourse of masculinity and the culture of clothes,’ Nowhere wants to offer the modern man something different when it comes to dressing. As ideas about gender identity become increasingly flexible, it’s refreshing to see a men’s clothes shop doing something so different to the crowd.
Nowhere, 65 Aungier St, Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 607 8983
Based in Dublin since 2001, the people behind the vintage-inspired Carousel boutique have become known for their high-quality, vibrant vintage-style clothing, even producing their own ethically made range called ‘Circus.’ This reputation has allowed them to add a well-stocked online shop to their repertoire, but fans of this spot still love to browse the rails inside the physical store, which is lovingly decorated, packed with pattern and a joy to visit. Designed to suit all body shapes, their feel-good items are definitely worth investing in.
Carousel, 20 Exchequer St, Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 677 8713
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& Other Stories
If independent boutiques aren’t really your thing, then you’ll be excited to hear about the impending arrival of another high-street giant to Grafton Street. Though it hasn’t even happened yet, the opening of trendy Swedish fashion brand & Other Stories in Dublin is already one of the year’s biggest retail events. Fashion bloggers flocked to social media to rejoice when the chain’s first Irish store was officially announced in February, and work on the space at 26-27 Grafton Street is now well underway. The outlet is due to open this Autumn, no doubt to a very warm reception.