If you’ve been following us on
Facebook or
Twitter, you’ll know that I’m spending a little bit of time in sunny (albeit, chilly)
Ireland. I’ve spent the last few days in Dublin, scouring for local designer shops and unique finds, chatting with designers and dipping into a Guinness or two (or three, or four … who’s counting?). I found a spot that is definitely worth sharing and is a must on any Dublin visit (calling all fashion addicts!).
At the Powerscourt Shopping Centre you’ll find a slew of quaint, eccentric, unique little shops (from flowers, to jewels, to coffee and ice cream) and it’s just off of Grafton Street (the main pedestrian shopping area). But the real gem for fashion lovers is on the very top floor in a spacious corner called the
Design Centre. Here’s what I learned about the shop and a few tidbits about Irish design:
1. The Design Centre has been a mainstay in the Irish fashion industry for 30 years. The first of its kind in Dublin, it’s a platform for Irish designers (old and new) and has launched many design careers (
John Rocha, anyone?).
2. It used to only be Irish designer goods you could find here, but in the mid-’90s they introduced the Irish style-set to international finds such as Preen and Julien MacDonald.