Dublin’s Perfect Vintage…

… and luckily this vintage isn’t affected by the new wine tax.


Irene and Ruth of The Vintage Sessions

This Saturday is shaping up to be quite the vintage-themed cornucopia of festivities in our fair capital. At 11am the fabled Shutterbug Kilo Sale will commence at The Chocolate Factory. No appearance by Willy Wonka, I’m afraid – just rails and rails of clothes handpicked by the uber stylish (and just lovely) Blanaid and her team. Click here for details. Oh, and a word of advice – get there EARLY!

Form about 11 or so to 7pm, The Vintage Sessions are taking place in a beautiful Georgian house (The South William Space) on South William Street.  This is a full-on vintage experience.  Fifteen euros gets you in, gets you a vintage hair and make-up makeover, a mini photoshoot on a paper moon, cocktails and a market with some of the best vintage sellers in the country (I’m especially looking forward to perusing Om Diva and the winter selection by the lovely Olivia at Elsa and Gogo).  Did I mention that there will be vintage talks and presentations too?

*NERDGASM*  Here is the running order of talks and presentations for the day.

12.00 Panel Discussion – The Evolution of the Creative Quarter and the Rise of Vintage in the Area

13.00 Presentation – The Lost Fashion History of South William St by fashion historian Ruth Griffin

2.30 Presentation – 1940s Irish Fashion, by photo historian Orla Fitzpatrick

4.00 Presentation – Forgotten Irish Style Icons by fashion historian Ruth Griffin

5.15 Panel Discussion – Vintage in Ireland Today and why so many are choosing to turn their passion in to a career

Irene (in the photo above) will be MC-ing

Panelists include Ruth Ni Loinsigh (Om Diva and Creative Quarter board), Kathy Sherry (Dirty Fabulous), Garry O’Neill (author of the rather amazing Where Were You Dublin street style book) and yours truly.  I’ll be taking part in the final panel talk so if you’re coming, please do say hi!

There may also be Ukelele playing…

To get your tickets for the event, email thevintagesessions@gmail.com

Entrance to the Shutterbug Kilo Sale is free, gloriously FREE.


I’m not going to lie, one of my high fashion points this year was when Blanaid Hennessey, all around Very Stylish Person and co-owner of Kilkenny’s Shutterbug, asked if she could take a picture of the outfit I was planning to wear at Forbidden Fruit in June. Of course, I got spontaneous food poisoning and couldn’t do it, but the sense of validation in my outfit choice sustained me through the tough times.

I’m loving the lookbook images taken by Eoin Hennessey and Ciúin Tracy for Blanaid’s newest online venture, Folkster. The shop stocks the cream of the Shutterbug stock along with a boggling array of Jeffrey Campbell shoes, with more contemporary brands to follow. According to Blanaid, the a folkster is ‘like a hipster/hippy hybrid – a sort of friendly, floaty fashion lover!’ That, I can get on board with.

The dreamy, unearthly effects in these photographs remind me a little of Richard Mosse’s infra-red film photos of The Congo (well worth a click, but not for the light-hearted). Weirdly, Mosse, who represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale this year, has family in Kilkenny – is there a connection there somewhere?

Giveaway #6: A Silver Factory Tee from Shutterbug!

This is our last giveaway in our week (ok, technically eight days, but who’s counting?) of giveaways and it’s a special one.  The lovely Blanaid of Shutterbug has given us a one-off customised Silver Factory tee to give away!

Shutterbug is one of those destination shops that has links all over the country.  With a mix of new independent labels and a really definite, incredibly well-honed vintage selection (think LA cool sunnies, sequin encrusted tops, granddad winter woolies and a smattering of spandex),you probably don’t need me to tell you that it’s a go to place.  If you’re not in Kilkenny (where the brick and mortar Shutterbug resides) it’s no problem, you can make orders via facebook.  It’s the wave of the future, people.

Silver Factory is a brand new t-shirt company.  The designs are printed by hand and yes, they can do custom requests.  I’m delighted that this tee was sent to me, because I’m obsessed with Mexican sugar skulls.  Obsessed.  I kinda want to buy one of these tees so I can colour it in with bright markers.  But that would look awful (no DIY goddess, I) so I won’t.

The sleeves have been shorn off into a vest and studded accents have been added.  It’s oversized, so it would fit most people.

Here’s a similar customised vest, as seen on Blanaid.

You want it?

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