Where to look for creativity
For up-and-coming designers, head to Maven on Wicklow Street. Mixing international names with contemporary Irish design, this is a good place to hunt down labels, such as Frances Campelli, Wendy Judge, and Sian Jacobs. Housed within what has to be one of Europe’s most beautiful shopping centres – the Powerscourt Centre (a lavish 18th century townhouse built to entertain guests) – you’ll find the Design Centre, a stalwart of Irish design with John Rocha, Synan O’Mahony and accessories by Philip Treacy.
Meanwhile, Siopaella on Temple Lane, specialises in luxury designer resale – great for a bargain. And for vintage, call into Lucy’s Lounge, Temple Bar, Harlequin in Castle Market and Jenny Vander on Drury Street. You’ll also find vintage pieces alongside current fashion at Folkster, Temple Bar.
For jewellery, Rhinestones is a treasure-trove of Victorian, art deco and vintage pieces. At the other end of the scale is Designyard, which has a gorgeous range of contemporary jewellery and sculpture.