When I dropped in on Dublin for long stopovers during my Portugal trip earlier this summer, I had time to takeÂ Cat’s fashion walking tour to learn more about Irish designers. Cat is your go-to person in Dublin for all things ethical fashion, as she has her own online store, Sustain Sister, with the unique business model of selling ethical capsule wardrobe pieces and renting vintage dresses for special occasions.
With the exception of the last store on this list, Cat introduced me to these shops, which I probably wouldn’t have found on my own. The centre of Dublin is condensed and most of these shops are close to each other. The walking tour will take you to more stores, and these are a few of my favourites.
27 Drury St, Dublin 2
+353 1 679 1211
If you’re going to visit one clothing shop in Dublin, visit this one. Eclectic pieces by emerging local designers and colourful curated vintage span five floors.
58 Abbey Street Middle, Dublin 1
I’m surprised to discover ethical clothing stores for men in Dublin, and this is one of them. The owner is a cool dude, and his thrift and consignment picks reflect it. They stock womenswear too, and I found an awesome velvet designer blazer on consignment here, barely worn and less than a third of its retail cost.
11 Fownes Street,Â Dublin 2
+353 1 677 4779
You’ll find colourful pieces form different eras in this vibrant basement vintage shop.Â It reminds me of the eclectic stores in Kensington Market in Toronto, but maybe even more extra.
59 William St S, Dublin 2
+353 1 551 0352
The Powercourt Centre is a really cool open space shopping centre with fashion stores and restaurants. Not everything is in the mall is ethical, but I did notice a lot of local and European brands stocked on the top floor, around where Chupi, a local jewelry brand, is stocked.
31 Nassau Street, Dublin 2
+353 1 6334576
If you love tweed, you’ll be in heaven here. It’s delightfully overwhelming with every colour and pattern imaginable. If I didn’t already own two tweed jackets, I would seriously consider investing in one here. It’ll last forever. Kevin and Howlin have been in business since 1936, stocking the finest Donegal handwoven tweed in Ireland. I did end up buying a merino wool check scarf for less than 30 euros. Something similar would could at least a couple of euros from a luxury label like Burberry, so it pays to shop local.
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