- 26 Sep 18
An in-depth guide to Dublin’s best vintage stores
Irish fashion lovers have upped the ante. Gone are the days when everyone morphed into a homogenous mess of identical logo-encrusted tracksuits and Ugg boots. Vintage shops are great for giving a touch of eccentric individualism to an outfit, or a DIY project if you’re feeling creative. The good news is that Ireland, and Dublin in particular, is teeming with fantastic vintage shops. For special occasions, you can’t beat the iconic Jenny Vander’s on Drury Street. The beautiful store is now a Dublin institution when it comes to stunning vintage pieces. You can tell there’s a history – and an appreciation for that history – behind every piece, and the staff are always more than happy to share their wealth of knowledge. The focus is on occasion-wear like sparkling flapper dressers, gowns and intricate jewellery. Consider your purchases an investment in fashion history and your wardrobe future.
While you’re walking down Drury Street, it’s impossible to miss Om Diva, an amazing candy pink shop in Dublin’s Creative Quarter filled with sparkling, magical pieces that will make you feel like you’re in the fashion equivalent of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Run by Ruth Ní Loinsigh, the bottom floor is a world of reworked classic dresses, lace tops, silk lounge pants and costume jewellery, while the lower-ground floor is covered with fashion from 1950s to the 1970s. Ní Loinsigh has also created a designer studio where customers can have more access to the designers.
Just over a couple of streets at 34 Clarendon Street is the pop-up vintage shop A Store Is Born. Open on Saturdays. Their collections perfectly blend the sophisticated with the sartorially fun. Keep your eyes peeled for gorgeous coats, beautiful cashmere cardigans and men’s cashmere jumpers. They also stock lovely delicate pieces like kimono throws and 1920s silk slips, to make even your slobby PJ-clad Sundays feel deliciously decadent.