It all happens at Harold’s Cross. There’s the award-winning Craft restaurant next to the Old Bakery Store (which has a small cafe in a back garden), Plush, which sells a range of Designers Guild chandeliers and fabrics, Brew which sells coffee, and Green Fox coffee, among others. What caught my eye was Billie & Oso across the street, a tiny shop named after two dogs making a fist. You’ll find Lou Brennan’s adorable scarves, Glynis Robins’ stoles and knitwear, candles and skincare products from Sómas and Oxmantown, and wonderful vintage and antique rings from www.raccolta.ie along with copper lighting and home accessories from Kopper Kreation and Irish interest books from Gill Books.
Artist and sculptor Ruth Lyons started a new business selling a line of women’s jumpsuits. “It comes from my experience working as an artist in various industrial settings and from being continually frustrated by the lack of workwear specifically designed for women,” she says. MySirenSuit is her answer, what she wants to wear in her daily and work life and is driven by her desire for women to feel comfortable within the industries that shape the world’s landscapes. The dress has pockets, a belt with press studs and is available in a sturdy blend of linen and cotton in shades of lilac, navy blue and rust for € 180. mysirensuit.com
Two Italian sisters, Vanessa and Annaoliva Durigon, based in Ireland, have the mission to make their mark by designing trousers to suit all body shapes. They believe that women have five different body shapes: the apple (fairly slender legs, small butt, fuller belly); the hourglass (shoulders and hips of similar width, smaller part of the waist); the pear (small upper body, prominent hips); the candle (medium shoulders, thin legs and belly); and strawberry (shoulders most of the body, natural athletic look). After an unsuccessful visit to Milan in search of the perfect pants, they decided to create one and started the process in Ireland. Vanessa, who came to Ireland to study English, continued her studies at Dún Laoghaire’s IADT while her sister Annaoliva studied fashion economics at the Marangoni Institute in Milan. Now they buy quality and sustainable fabrics in Milan and have the trousers made by artisans near Venice. They sell online to www.shapemoda.com – the site includes a 30 second test to help users understand their body shape. The sizes are 4-18 with prices for trousers € 110, leggings € 89 and jackets € 189.
Daniel Craig turned heads in his pink jacket at the No Time to Die premiere in London, a color traditionally associated with femininity and very different from the traditional black tuxedo at such events. It marked how pink tailoring now has a following among celebrities such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeremy Pope and Timothée Chalamet at the Tony Awards and the Venice Film Festival. In Ireland, Wexford tailor Nicky Wallace has always insisted that pink suits many men’s complexions and his pink linen jacket is one of the best in his bespoke collection. “It’s a spring look and a color that’s really good for your skin,” she says, “and it looks great wherever you wear it.” This is also noteworthy because the fabric is Irish, from Emblem Weavers to Wexford. The jacket is fully lined with working mother-of-pearl buttons and costs € 1,200 to complete, which takes about four weeks in a family-run workshop in Milan. Wallace had extensive experience in France and Italy and now works in a showroom at Wexford’s Bull Ring. It is also collaborating with Emblem on a range of accessories that will be released later this year. It is expanding a small range of tailored women’s jackets and shirt dresses. Visit his site www.nickywallace.com
The December issue of British Vogue’s Lady Gaga featured the innovative couture hat collection by Irish designer and NCAD graduate Sarah O’Neill. She did an internship with Philip Treacy and Iris Van Herpen before pursuing a master’s degree at the Royal College of Art, studying accessories design and another year studying art direction for film and TV at the Limerick School of Art and Design. The whimsical designs of the 20-piece limited edition hat collection are developed using the cutting-edge technology normally used for Japanese animation. They start out as digital sculptures made on 3D animation software, are digitally painted and printed as models. They are then made with unconventional yarns, such as cord, subverting traditional techniques – such as smocking and tufting (normally used for carpets) – for a tactile effect. Each hat takes two weeks and the materials are purchased only when needed and not in bulk. Once ordered, the customer participates in a physical or digital proof with creative director Sarah O ‘Neill. Find out more about www.sarah.com
Blessed in color
With around 25,000 Holy Communions expected to take place this year (restrictions permitting), many parents will be looking for a dress for their baby’s big day. While there are many at rock bottom prices, the latest luxury styles from Spain are on offer at the Marian Gale boutique. Lace, organza, embroidery and embellishments are the protagonists of this season’s trends. Lengths this year are longer, skimming the top of the ankle with sleeves extending closer to the elbow. There is a new emphasis on the back of the dresses, usually decorated with oversized bows (as this is the view presented to parents as their loved ones approach the altar). Prices start at € 165, although this small number is € 599. For safety in the current circumstances, appointments must be booked on 01 2697467 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. The opening hours are from Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 to 17:00 and on Sundays from 13:00 to 17:00, only in January and February. mariangale.ie