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A while back I mentioned that I was going to Ireland next year and wanted some advice on buying clothes in Dublin. The general opinion was that one doesn't go to Dublin to buy clothes.

I discovered that there is a shopping mall on the south side of town (toward where I'll be staying for most of my trip) that has a Harvey Nichols, Marks & Spencer, and a House of Fraser.

Any advice on what these stores are actually like to shop in? I have no experience with any of them, except the old M&S in Canada.
 

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The shopping centre (or Mall to be more precise) to which you refer is called Dundrum - I've never been there and I can't say it's ever been a priority for the 3-4 times a year I go to Dublin.

The one shop that is worth looking at is a small raincoat maker called Frances Campelli in West Essex street which is just round the corner from Christ Church Cathedral. Frances trades under the name of Mackintosh Ireland (one of two people able to use the Mackintosh label) and specialises in classic Mackintoshes selling almost entirely in Japan. The shop is full of samples that he makes up in Dublin though I believe that his main production facilities are in the Far East and you may find a bargain. I suggest that you ring in advance as opening hours are slightly erratic.

Now if only Callaghans were still around - anybody remember them?
 

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Sorry - I missed your earlier post on Dublin as I was travelling. There is a problem with Dublin as the level of VAT is higher than in the UK for example and being a smaller country there is less competition. The other factor is that with the Celtic tiger phenomena there has been a lot of cash around and people seem to want to spend it ostentatiously and this tends to be for the same international brands that you can get anywhere else. I don't know how much time you will have but here is my ha'porth

If you want to have a look at UK brands that you probably won't see in the States then there is a branch of Hackett and TM Lewin in South Anne Street and just around the corner there is a Thomas Pinks on Dawson St - these are all just that little bit more expensive than their UK branches and you can check their websites to get a feel of whether they have what you like.

Other posters have mentioned Magees and I would also suggest that you check out Boyers in North Earl Street and the basement of Clery's as they often have very good reductions on Magee - but only if you have time as it's hit and miss. Clery's very often have a €50 sale rail and I very nearly bought a Magee blazer there 6 weeks ago but decided I don't need a 4th one (and it was two button). If you hit the sales they will normally have good reductions on Barbour but that is possibly of little use in Georgia.

There is a good shoemakers called George Tutty in a place just outside of Dublin called Naas - they used to make the riding boots for the Irish Olympic equestrian team and the Army Equitation School - don't know if they still do and I would definitely give them a call beforehand. I knew them when they were on the top floor of the Powerscourt Town House 20 years go and prices were reasonable then - I think about 250 Irish pounds for made to measure but I have no idea what they are like now. Naas and Kildare is horse country and I know there used to be quite a few shops specialising in riding/country gear but I can't remember their names.

That's it for now - I think I have a list of websites for museums, bars and restaurants I compiled for friends who visit which I can send you as a private message if you like. Similarly if I have any other ideas I will let you know.
 

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Thanks, Carlton-Browne, for all your help!

While the idea of travelling to Europe and going to a mall seems a bit, well, blah, it does have stores that I've heard about but have never been to.

Yes, I looked at the list of brands available at Brown Thomas and I saw a large number of high-end designers that I recognized and can easily get here.

If you think of anything else, or have that list of things to do and see, it would be greatly appreciated. The trip is still some months off - we're coming back the Saturday before Labour Day - so I've got plenty of time to plan. :)
 

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If you want an answer to your original question.
Harvey Nichols - high priced "designer" stuff best for under 40's, well really under 30's.
Marks and Spencer - you can find some good quality stuff at their large stores but also much ordinary.
House of Fraser - middle of the road department store usually base ranges of various designers.
 
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