Dublin’s Hidden Hems
Every now and then, I like to escape Dublin’s hustle and bustle and get away from the masses, so I go off the main shopping streets and turn into the side streets of Dublin city centre. There is something peaceful and relaxing about these enchanting shops on narrow lanes with stone paving, nestled between traditional pubs and trendy coffee shops – strolling around here just window shopping is as good as meditation any day! These charming boutiques have something to suit everyone’s style and budget, whether you are looking for luxurious Irish designer labels, glamorous vintage pieces or just funky fashion items, you will certainly find something that will take permanent residence in your wardrobe. One of my favourite boutiques is Om Diva on Drury Street in Dublin’s Creative Corner. As soon as you step in you feel transformed into the 1950’s. The shop oozes feminine flair and is set over three levels featuring modern Irish Design and vintage clothing at very reasonable prices. It also carries stylish jewellery and handbags to perfectly match your outfit. It’s definitely one of those top notch places to find that special, one-off piece; every time I’ve gone here, I’ve found something to take home!
Only few steps further down you will find The Loft Market, which is housed on the top floor of the Powerscourt Centre in South Williams Street. This is truly an artsy shop featuring independent art and Irish designs and if you are very lucky you might even meet the artists or designers working on their latest project in the shop. It carries over 20 Irish designer labels and with this in mind it’s a great place to find the special home-grown gift for your relatives and friends from abroad.
Off Dame Street you will Siopaella (pronounced “Shopella”) a stylish second-hand shop with two stores located in the heart of Temple Bar. The smaller one is on Temple Lane and is packed with pre-loved luxury labels from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada and Alaxander McQueen. If you have an addiction for designer labels and don’t believe in paying “big bucks” for a dress or a flashy handbag (like moi!), Siopaella is every fashionista’s dream! Anyway, you will definitely find a much-sought-after designer label here, which may be slightly cheaper than eBay. It’s a small shop, but it’s organised by size and style so you can navigate the jam-packed racks with ease.
The second Siopaella is on Crow Street and carries your High Street favourites such as TopShop, River Island, Karen Millen and small vintage selection. Be prepared to spend at least an hour looking in detail through all the rails and you will be rewarded with some damn good items! The shop also holds a charity sale now and then and all the proceeds go to towards animal welfare, so keep an eye on that too. The staff is really helpful and owner’ dog, Louis, is usually roaming around the shop or sitting quietly next to the till wagging his tail welcoming the customers!
So what are you waiting for? Vintage and frill-seekers go forth! With the Dublin Fashion approaching, now is the time to start exploring Dublin’s quirkiest boutiques and if you like a good bargain and an unusual fashion find like I do, you won’t come home empty-handed, pinky swear!!
Marina, Dublin Fashion Blogger.