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City Style Snapshot: Dublin, Ireland

Economic realities gives way to a creative DIY culture.


By: Alex Calder
Dublin, Ireland.


Dublin has changed a lot over the past fifteen years. The boom of the late ninties transformed a struggling, down at heel city into a flash, cash-rich, expensive city break destination. The economic hardship of the last two years have seen a new Dublin emerge – a place where a DIY ethos encourages people to get involved in their city, where things don’t have to cost a lot to be good, and where people with innovative and creative ideas are given a chance.

Over the past few years lots of great new vintage shops have popped up, offering good vintage clothes at reasonable prices. The vintage scene continues to thrive here, especially now that we have more to choose from.  If you’re visiting, here are a few to check out:

9 Crows, 9 Crow Street, Temple Bar

Stocking clothes from young designers alongside vintage pieces and accessories, this part shop, part gallery, sometime gig venue is a magnet for Dublin hipsters.


9 Crows storefront

Swopshop, 7 Crow Street, Temple Bar

Just down the street from 9 Crows is Swopshop, Ireland’s only fashion exhange boutique, where the clothes you’ve tired of become currency for a wardrobe revamp.


Dublin Flea Market , The Co-Op, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

Happening on the last Sunday of every month, the Dublin Flea is huge market filled with second-hand and vintage clothes, kooky furniture, old records, bands, djs and delicious food.

Check them out here! http://vimeo.com/27189002



Horse and June, Drury Street, Dublin 2

With a small but beautifully selected collection of designer vintage clothes, shoes and furniture, you can find some real gems in Horse and June.

One of their fabulous window displays.



Shotsy Vintage, Temple Lane South, Temple Bar

Shotsy Vintage is another new vintage store stocking top quality, hand picked pieces from the 50s to the 80s at an affordable price. All of their Norwegian style cardigans were snapped up last week, here’s hoping they get more.


Shotsy Vintage



*Alex is a costume designer, blogger and stylist who, when not jamming as part of folk duo The Alpaca Jamboree, is determined to shine some much needed light on the creative scene of Dublin.

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