Couture and more at No 29

IT’S been a busy week here at GreedyEdie.com so I’m posting again, just to keep you up to date with all the latest goings-on.

While I was in Dublin on Thursday checking out the new Rosaliac CC Creme from La Roche Posay, I was also able to squeeze in a visit to the official opening of No 29 Design Emporium, situated on Wicklow Street (number 29, as you may have guessed).

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Now while this was officially a launch party, it is more a case of merging several already established fashion businesses into one perfect parcel. No 29 Wicklow Street is a beautiful shabby-chic kinda building, and has been home to several small boutiques for a while now. But with the arrival of Sharon Beatty’s Maven (a Greedy Edie favourite, read all about it here) in December, the entire four-storey building has really come to life and now is indeed a ‘design emporium’ offering magnificent clothing and accessories from unique local designers.

When you enter the building, Maven sits on the first floor, alongside jewellery from Eliza Vale. I say jewellery; what I mean is magnificent handcrafted necklaces, headpieces, sash belts, all oozing romance and drama and nostalgia and ideal for weddings or other special occasions. I’m only sorry I didn’t manage to get any good pics myself, but these images from designer Katie Townend’s website will give you a good idea.

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A meander further up the stairs brings you to Kate Betts and her stunning hats and headpieces, inspired by the 1930s and ’40s. Now, I’m fully aware that hats do not sit well on this head or do much to help this face, but I am a great admirer of the talent and creativity shown by so many Irish milliners – and Kate Betts must be one of the most exciting names in the field right now. Her headpieces range from small white cats-ears to large studded headbands and are a joy to even behold, let alone wear.

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Next door to Kate is QUE-VA, a bespoke designer service for ladies and gents by bespoke couturier Caoimhe Keane. Caoimhe specialises in bridal couture, formal and evening wear, tailored suits, coats, jackets and shirts for men and woman. Her bridal dresses and embossed evening wear are beyond exquisite. There is a strong sense of Victoriana from many of the bridal styles, whereas the bright, vivid colours of the hand-beaded dresses can knock your socks off. Beautiful, beautiful clothing, made just for you, and well worth a viewing.

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Nestled upstairs, on the top floor, is jewellery designer Willow & Clo, just announced as a contender for Best Irish Accessories Designer at this year’s Kerry Fashion Week. Chloe Townsend’s handcrafted jewellery is heavily plated in 22kt gold and set using hand-cut, semi-precious gem stones. The work is amazing and, displayed in bell jars and under glass, they combine perfectly with the vintage vibe of this whole collaboration.

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So next time you’re wandering around the streets of Dublin in search of something new, step into No 29 Design Emporium and step back in time, to an era where clothes and accessories were handcrafted with love and care, and not mass-produced to fit average sizes of womankind. It’s an experience, and a very interesting and fulfilling one at that.

Edie xx

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