The 52 Independent Irish Retailers You Should Be Supporting

Posted on November 22, 2016 by This Greedy Pig

Here at This Greedy Pig we're big fans of supporting Irish independent retailers and, seeing as we are independent retailers ourselves through our print shop, we understand the significance of shopping Irish coming up to Christmas. With this in mind we wanted to pay forward the love we've got for uniquely Irish made, designed, sourced or curated products that sometimes get lost in the noise from big brands coming up to the festive season. Below are 50 of the top Irish independent retailers (It's not a definitive list, it's just our list!) across homewares, art, design, publications and fashion. We'd love to hear from you if you're an independent retailer and would like to be included.

And why not repost this article with some of your favourite Irish independent retailers, and support the good things happening right here at home!

Hen's Teeth

Sure, we’re biased, but Hen’s Teeth is our printing baby and we’re very proud of it. Since October 2015 we have been engaging with some of both Ireland and the world’s most interesting artists and photographers to bring you affordable art that you can’t get elsewhere. With Christmas just around the corner we suggest you get involved with our collection or look at a gift card to move away from the pervasive Ikea prints and invest in quality design for your home. We're having a pop up gallery event on Sunday at 3FE, Sussex Terrace so come join us?

One Strong Arm

One Strong Arm is a letterpress print studio based in the heart of Dublin city, run by designer Dave Darcy. The studio creates super sweet contemporary typography-led work using traditional methods. Check out the print range here.

 

Iverna

Iverna, which is an awesome word in itself, means ‘from Ireland’ in latin and this website brings together emerging and established Irish artists who work in a variety of disciplines. The prints range from lithographic and etchings to screen printing and giclée, so if you’re a print buff you’ll know that quality is paramount here. Those who are aware of Dublin street art will notice Joe Caslin - famed for his marriage equality mural on George’s Street - and James Earley, who is behind both the Iverna site and the gigantic, vivid Ulysses mural on the Bloom Hotel in Temple Bar.

Tough Love Gallery 

The natural extension of the Hang Tough Framing empire. Tough Love Gallery is home to some fine contemporary Irish art, and they steam a damn good ham with the framing too. 

Jill & Gill

A perfect match up between Gillian Henderson the print maker, and Jill Deering the artist. Jill & Gill have been creating gorgeous prints for the Repeal project recently and we have a rather large soft spot for the 'Original Hotline Bling' print. Shop the range here.

 

Me&Him&You

The guys at Me&Him&You have long been collaborating with This Greedy Pig and we love their simple, clean yet iconic international skyline prints that have been flying off the shelves since their debut. In a crowded market of same-y cityscapes these designs are standout and perfect for a recent emigré or someone with a bit of wanderlust.

Tara O’Brien & Co

We featured Tara’s beautiful, texture rich piece on our site earlier this month and we’re in love with her style and her message. You can find Tara’s lovely totes, prints and book ‘How We Get By’, which discusses self-care and how to deal with anxiety and mental-health issues in a fun and relatable way. Tara has just announced that she’ll be doing Christmas commissions of you and your loved ones so get in line now for a personalised Christmas gift with a difference!

Jam Art Factory

Jam Art Factory is an independent gallery and design shop that has outlets on Patrick Street in Dublin 8 and right in the heart of the city in Temple Bar. Not bound to one medium, brothers Mark and John set out to showcase the best work in ceramics, textiles, jewelry, street art and more from emerging Irish artists. The result features everything from laser cut prints to vibrant concrete plant pots and plenty of gorgeous illustrations inspired by Dublin.

Jessica Rooney Deane

Jessica Rooney Deane is an artist working through the medium of paper collage and illustration in Dublin. Her pieces often feature the shop fronts of local businesses or places that have significance for people, be it their family shop or the place they met their significant other. Rooney Deane’s bright and playful designs are often chosen as a first wedding anniversary gift due to the ‘paper’ significance. You can find more of her work above or by rooting through her Paper Ireland Instagram page here

Indigo & Cloth

Indigo & Cloth is the word in high-end and considered menswear in Dublin with plenty of à-la-mode Scandinavian brands like Norse Projects, Sandqvist and Rains as well as ranges in men’s skincare and shaving, beautiful Irish-made ties from Loft and gorgeous INSTRMNT watches from Glasgow. If you know a well-heeled dude looking for something unique this Christmas these are your guys.

Bonagrew

Bonagrew are the new answer to fine neckwear, hand crafted in Ireland in conjunction with some of the country’s finest linen and tweed weavers to create a series of ties and bowties that are inspired by the natural setting of the garden and are supposed to ‘be worn by any generation in any setting’. The result is a collection filled with fresh, clean pastels and rich textures that evoke peat and charcoal.

Nowhere 

Nowhere is the more relaxed, streetwear version of the brands above, tapping into the ever-growing market for sports-luxe with plenty of clean lines and muted tones from designers like Raf Simons, Christopher Shannon and Damir Doma. Considering the massive revival of nostalgic sports brands, Nowhere is positioned well to offer a high quality alternative to all the natty Fila jumpers going about. Their minimalist outpost on Aungier Street is a joy to walk around and they also stock high-quality print magazines as well if you don’t fancy dropping big bucks.

The Tweed Project

The Tweed Project are bridging the gap between traditional Irish weaving and contemporary design expression to create a collection of scarves, blankets and bags as well as a small capsule wardrobe that are as far away from the typical Avoca model as you can get. The pieces are made to last a lifetime and hail from a small atelier in Galway, perfect for people with an eye for quality and individuality.

Liadain Aiken

Liadain Aiken is an independent designer of woollen products where, once again, quality and the endurance of her yarn are the key to her hats, scarves and other woolly delights. Most of Aiken’s wool is sourced from Donegal and features bright colours with gorgeous flecking, perfect for the increasingly frosty days. You can catch her at this weekend’s Merrion Square craft market on Saturday 26th November where her wares will be 25% off!

Nine Crows

Nine Crows is the vintage brainchild of Emma Fraser, who you’ll often see penning the Irish Times street style column. Based in Temple Bar and Galway, Nine Crows have upped the game of the typically haphazard vintage model, filling their online lookbooks with beautiful photos and expertly curating their collection to reflect the kind of style that Urban Outfitters and Topshop are trying so hard to attain.

Laura Kinsella Millinery

Laura Kinsella’s beautiful designs really put paid to some of the trashier hats on show at the various races. If you’re vying for best dressed at Leopardstown or have some stylish weddings to attend in the new year, Laura’s designs are refined, minimalist and elegant. The perfect antidote to some of the overdone looks you’ll see in the society pages.

The Harlequin

The Harlequin is a Dublin institution, providing everything from vintage leather goods and absurdly large coats to curious sunglass designs and some of the old classics that were just better made back in the day. If you've got a consummate vintage lover to buy for you'll find plenty of timeless pieces and unexpected items in The Harlequin just try not to end up coming out with stuff for yourself.

Om Diva Boutique

Om Diva has been a hub of new Irish design over the past few years and the ladies behind it have been selling their wares since 1999 in the environs of the Georges Street Arcade. Nowadays Om Diva lives on Drury Street and dedicates space and time to up and coming Irish designers with their Atelier 27 on the top floor showcasing cutting edge design. The basement is full of vintage gems while the ground floor is dedicated to modern and feminine fashion that doesn’t break the bank. The jewelry and accessories are also affordable and wearable and the perfect thing to pick up for a friend when you’re on a budget.

Mazooma Apparel

Mazooma are an Irish design collective that have been popping up at flea markets around the city with their streetwear that prizes simplicity and striking design. Totes, tees and jumpers are the name of the game here and their prices are very attractive for looks that you won’t get on the high street.

Made Dublin

Made Dublin is another design collective that are working out of the enviable surrounds of the Powerscourt Centre. Housing jeweler Chupi as well as a range of designers specialising in everything from knitwear to ready-to-wear fashion the aim of Made is to showcase some of the best contemporary design from Ireland and Europe. Made also stand over the provenance of their products, which is a great source of comfort for the ethically minded amongst us.

Tamp & Stitch

Tamp & Stitch have been championing independent clothes and jewelry design out of their compact Temple Bar coffee shop since 2012. With a range of unique pieces from Irish designers their shopping experience is a relaxed and tasty one and you’re unlikely to find any of their stuff on the masses. Their clothes feature plenty of bold prints and unusual patterns as well as plenty of vintage tailoring, perfect for someone who wants to stand out in the crowd.

District Mag issue 1

The good folks at District Magazine recently released their first print edition, focusing on “exploring different concepts of home”. A brilliantly curated and beautifully put together magazine that would be a welcome addition to any stocking.

Guts Magazine 

Guts has been delving into the depths of the inner self with confessional stories paired with beautiful illustration and design. Most recently they teamed up with the Bram Stoker festival to release an edition that riffs off blood and the supernatural, covering ghost stories, nervous nail biting and first periods. If you want captivating writing covering taboo subjects that’s easy on the eye then Guts is your man.

Humans of Dublin Book 

The Humans of Dublin Instagram account has covered all echelons of Dublin society since its inception and, as with its New York counterpart, it was only a matter of time before the photo project was extrapolated into a physical tome. The stories are often challenging and heart breaking but there are equal numbers that inspire a smile or lift the spirits so it’s a definite winner for people who enjoy a sentimental story or simply want a new perspective on Dublin.

Tramp Press 

Sarah Davis-Goff and Lisa Coen are at the vanguard of new Irish writing, identifying singular Irish voices that have resonated with not only our nation but the international literary community. Solar Bones by Mike McCormack recently won Irish novel of the year at the Irish Book Awards while Sara Baume’s debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither has been longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award. If you have a book lover in your life that wants more interesting reads from the voices that are defining Irish writing at the moment, look no further than Tramp’s library.

The Library Project 

The Library Project is an outlier in Dublin as a space dedicated solely to high quality art publications, ranging from satisfyingly weighty magazines to beautifully designed photography books. The Library Project is run in Temple Bar by the guys behind the PhotoIreland Festival, which means they have contacts and access to a range of exciting new work by Irish artists as well as a discerning eye for nicely produced international publications, which they sell in abundance. If you have a typography or photography fan in your life, this is the place to go.

Makers & Brothers 

Makers & Brothers is run by brothers Jonathan and Mark Legge, showcasing the finest in Irish crafts. They operate an online store, but have popped up in London, NYC and Dublin over the past couple of years and will be pitching up in Dawson Street for the festive period. The Makers & Brothers collection is essentially a wet dream for anyone looking to start a gift registry but for those of us just looking for something unique for a friend or family member with a design interest it’s just the business.

Seven Wood

Seven Wood is another store that deal in homeware fineries, and are running a pop up on Dawson St until January 31st. The focus of Seven Wood is in lifestyle and wellness with lots of high end, unisex, cosmetic products and beautifully crafted ceramics. Top tip: check out the incredible collection of vintage furniture on the top floor.

Irish Design Shop

The Irish Design Shop is often everyone’s first port of call for a gift that reflects the best of what’s coming out of Ireland at the moment. It’s great for Dublin-inspired prints, high quality knitwear and a great collection of substantial jewelry with good, proper Irish names like Bernie and Kathleen. Hit up these guys for the perfect small gift price point and quality goods.

Foxford Woollen Mills

The Foxford Woollen Mills couldn’t get more Irish if it tried. Dating back to 1892, the mill was built in the wake of the famine and overcame not only a burning down, but a spell in receivership before rising like a phoenix from the ashes to partner with Irish designer Helen McAlinden. The result is a huge range of beautiful woven goods, from scarves and throws to bed linen and towels. If you want your woolly mitts to come with the guarantee of more than a hundred years of Irish expertise then look no further.

Chaim Factor

Chaim Factor are based out of Avoca, Co. Wicklow and specialise in homewares that are handmade from Irish hardwoods. This means sleek chopping boards and cheese platters as well as a set of carefully crafted knives. If you know someone with a kitchen that’s curated down to the very last detail then these guys are your port of call.

Diem Pottery

Diem Pottery is the ceramics brand of Thomas Diem, a second generation potter and designer from New York who is now based in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. His pieces are simple and functional and there is also the option to work on wedding sets with him. Stockists include Arnotts, the Kilkenny Shop and Meadows & Byrne but he also encourages people to drop into the studio itself!

Arran St East

Arran Street East are another purveyor of finely made ceramics, working out of their studio by the Dublin Fruit and Vegetable market in Dublin 7. Their surroundings provide inspiration for their series of handmade pots that draw on the bright colours of the fresh produce with a range that covers colours like pink grapefruit, cabbage and parsnip. You can purchase their wares in some of Dublin’s best independent retailers or sign up with them for more info when their online store launches.

Candella

Handcrafted in Co. Kildare, Candella create lovely alternatives to those overpriced Jo Malone candles with a series made from 100% natural soya wax, upcycled wine bottles and cork. With scents including tea leaves and bergamot, white fig and grapefruit you can avoid your home smelling like a commercial air freshener or an overly saccharine donut while supporting recycled and natural materials.

Mullan Lighting

Those with an interest in homeware are moving increasingly towards curating the pieces in their home at every level, including the lighting. Dowdy lamp shops of yore are now being replaced by their trendier, more up to date cousins and Mullan Lighting is at the forefront of this movement. Founded in 2008 on the site of a once-abandoned shoe factory, the lighting design team of Mullan Lighting have expanded to their factory in Co. Tyrone and have provided their expertise in design to international brands, celebrities and even the Royal Family. If it’s good enough for them...

Stickman

James Carroll’s handmade furniture retains a lot of the textures and grooves of the wood he uses and his unique design pieces such as a chair made out of some old keyboards toe the line between art installations and functional pieces. These are pretty offbeat designs so approach with someone with similarly offbeat design tastes in mind.

31 Chapel Lane

Irish linen is one of the cornerstones of our textile heritage and nowhere is it better utilised than by 31 Chapel Lane. Hailing from Limerick, their aesthetic is one of elegant and reserved minimalism and their let their products do the talking. 31 Chapel Lane have previously popped up alongside Makers & Brothers around Christmas time and their pieces bring a whole new feel to the concept of the tea towel. The perfect gift for discerning mums everywhere.

April & the Bear

April & the Bear are an online lifestyle store that specialises in all the usual suspects but has a particularly good selection of elegant Christmas decorations and lights in time for the festive season. We’re especially big fans of these brass gift tags that come in a range of cute variations.

Industry

Industry are in good company on Drury Street’s design strip sitting beside the Irish Design Shop and but a stone’s throw from Om Diva and The Harlequin. Hit them up for a range of homewares and gifts for him and for her, with lots of high quality leather goods, substantial notebooks and luxurious skin care for a range of budgets. They also have a wonderful café with coffee from Roasted Brown and a great selection of salads and sandwiches.

All City Records

All City is our favourite record store, and our go to for hip hop and electronic records. For any record heads out there, may we recommend John Daly’s ‘The Smoke Clears’, which was released on All City’s very own label.

R.A.G.E Records

With retro games upstairs and a broad selection of records downstairs, R.A.G.E is another of our our favourite places to pick up vinyl in Dublin. Located on Fade Street, R.A.G.E. is the go to for lovers of old Nintendo and vinyl appreciators alike and they’ll also do trade ins.

Ansley Watch Company

Ansley Watches combines the refined and covetable design ideas of the Swedish with the emphasis on craft and heritage that comes naturally from Ireland. The result is a collection of unisex timepieces that are made in Meath and are designed to endure and become family heirlooms. They also feature interchangeable straps so you can update them depending on the season or your mood.

Chupi Jewlery

Chupi Sweetman has both the most fantastic name and a stunning range of jewelry that stands out from the crowd. If you were planning on joining the litany of yuletide-induced engagements make sure to check out her range of offbeat engagement rings that use coloured stones, textured bands and have unique backstories to boot. For those of us just looking for something to buy the person who has everything, her range of initial necklaces or star sign pendants are ideal gifts.

Kiki Na Art

Ciarna Pham makes bespoke and original pieces for her jewelry brand Kiki Na Art, featuring bold colours, large designs and often featuring the heads of some of your favourite music artists and cultural icons such as Grace Jones or Frida Kahlo. Ciarna’s ethos specifies that her work is for every gender, age and individual style and the pieces are filled with energy and strong, graphic lines. Never has a statement necklace looked so good.

Sex Siopa

Shawna Scott is the driving force behind Sex Siopa, an upfront, body positive and sex positive shop that aims to de-stigmatise sex toys and offer body safe materials for everyone. If you’ve ever wanted to take the plunge and indulge yourself, a partner or a pal in a high quality and beautifully designed sex toy then Shawna is your woman. They’re discreet, gorgeously wrapped and cater for every shape, size and orientation, just don’t unwrap in front of the family.

Freebird Records

Freebird Records is one of Dublin’s most discreet record shops, tucked away on Wicklow Street all but invisible to the naked eye in the ‘Secret Book and Record Store’. This is a great place to pick up second hand books, new and used vinyl and some CDs and DVDs as well. Freebird has been kicking about since 1978 in a variety of locations around the city so if crate digging and book shopping is your persuasion be sure to support a true Dublin institution.

Tropical Popical

Any self-confessed manicure fan must be aware of Tropical Popical’s South William Street shop. Bright, fun and with a focus on tropicalia and good music, the typical relaxing spa experience this is not. Their nail art has been covering everything from the Repeal movement to the recent US elections as well as plenty of gorgeous type and unique designs. They’re also great for a business mani if that’s what you’re going for but with the festive season coming up you should drop into them for a glitzy makeover or get your friends a voucher to pick them up in cold January.

Skelligs Chocolates

Skelligs Chocolates are made in their remote Kerry factory that you can drop in to visit if you ever find yourself coasting around the ring of Kerry. You can find them stocked at most artisanal food shops in the city and in plenty of national outposts as well with more interesting takes on your typical chocolate santa as well as festive hampers packed with interesting flavoured bars ranging from Irish sea salt to rose and pistachio.

3FE

For most of us, the siren call of coffee is something that we think of the moment we wake up and figuring out how many we can consume without going cross-eyed by the end of the day is a constant struggle. 3FE are making it easier than ever to gift the coffee-lover in your life with high-quality gadgets and tasting subscriptions with a range of gifts for every budget. Even better, you can convert the person still guzzling down the instant by the pint in one fell swoop with these carefully curated gift packs. Why not get two in one by visiting our pop-up gallery at their Sussex Terrace shop on Sunday????

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