Words: Katie Gartland
This year has been tough for everyone, including small businesses. That’s why at District we’re making a special effort this winter to support Irish businesses and shop local. We have been working on our Shop Irish Index of businesses you can support throughout the Christmas months. To that end, we have put together a list of gorgeous Irish brands and businesses to make sure we all shop Irish this Christmas.
Ilk are a new clothing brand based in Dundalk. They value sustainability and ensure all of their clothes are ethically designed and produced. ilk just launched a gorge brand new shirt called the Miwa, perfect for layering.
Modernist is an Irish designer that takes influence from Irish pop-culture history. Modernist takes retro imagery from 1960s RTÉ, Aer Lingus and Ulster Train Service.
Scout is a homeware and apparel shop in Smock Alley. They provide carefully chosen gorgeous and sustainable goods for adults and kids. Have a look at their gift-guide if you’re looking for Christmas presents.
Atrium are a women’s clothes shop in Powerscourt Centre. All of their clothes are sustainable, they also have a handy section of their website to search for Irish, vegan or recycled material.
Quack and Dirk of Fairview are a unique women’s clothes shop tucked down a lane on Marino Mart. They sell gorgeous vintage and new sustainable pieces.
Pearl Reddington is a contemporary knitwear and clothes designer from Dublin. Each piece is beautifully crafted, long-lasting and unique.
DBLNR create bespoke sportswear influenced directly by Dublin. Each item is an homage to a wonderful city, previously taking influence from Grogan’s, John Sheahan of the Dubliner’s and Dublin Bus.
Indigo and Cloth are a clothing and homeware store in Temple Bar. They provide mens clothing and homeware and also have a fab café.
Inis Meáin is a beautiful knitwear company based on the Aran Islands. The pieces are designed and influenced by the traditional clothes of the Islanders, they also protect against the harsh environment.
High Rollers is a skateboard and clothing store on Aungier Street that sell everything from footwear to skateboard hardware. Hop on their website to have a look at the ongoing sale.
Chubby Co. are a lovely Irish shop that create cosy hats and socks as well as jumpers, reusable bottles and coffee cups.
Beaucoup Family Clothing is a clothing brand founded by three friends, Daragh Cogley, Matthew Oppermann and Jack Scrivener. The pieces feature today’s pop culture icons beautifully embroidered onto items of clothing, which you can find in The Dublin Vintage Factory. Over Summer, they gave 100% of their profits to MASI and BLM. This winter 50% of their profits will be supporting homeless charities over Christmas.
Barbara Bennett is an independent artist who customises and reworks shoes, perfect for giving your old beloved runners a new lease of life. Have a look at her very cool creations on her website.
Article are a homeware shop in Powerscourt Centre. They stock a lovely range of art, homeware, books and stationary.
Hen’s Teeth are a lifestyle shop in Blackpitts. They display and value Irish art while making delicious food and and welcoming atmosphere. Head over to their website and enjoy their wonderful array of art and homeware.
Industry on Drury Street are a lovely homeware store and café . They sell beautiful handcrafted furniture and lots of gifts for this Christmas.
Drury Street’s Irish Design Shop is packed full of Irish crafted goods. From pottery to homeware and knitwear, the craft shop also offer gift boxes for any occasion.
Giles and Grace are a mother and daughter interior design and furniture business. They offer interior design consultations, styling, up-cycling and product sourcing they also supply furniture, vintage items, soft furnishings and gifts in their store.
Clay Plants are the very kind neighbours of District. They offer an array of gorgeous indoor plants and beautifully crafted pots. Head over to their website to have a look at their lovely range.
Duo Ireland are a sustainable shop offering a range of goods from skincare, safety razors, homeware and food. Order from their website to receive a responsibly packaged, plastic-free delivery.
Oxmantown Skincare are a natural, ethical & environmentally friendly skincare company based in Stoneybatter. They’ve just launched a range of luxurious skincare kits and gift boxes for a little bit of self care we all need.
We Make Good is a collective of designers and artists. They give opportunities to people from disadvantaged backgrounds. They offer a range of homeware, skincare and toys hand crafted in Ireland.
Ancient Naturals Skincare are a skincare brand based in Belfast. Launched this year after the founder, Dena, was stranded in the Maldives during lockdown. The range uses natural, organic ingredients in their products.
Hang Tough are a fine art printing and framing studio in Portebello. They’re offering click and collect services and online Zoom consultations!
Make sure to check out all of our Lockdown Business Indices to see what businesses you can support this year. We have got you covered for everything from the day-to-day food and drink orders to your socially-distant Christmas shopping with Ireland’s best fashion and lifestyle brands. For the full series of lists please click here.