I was recently invited back to Kildare Village (a stone’s-throw from Dublin) to dive head-first into it’s chic designer offerings & style some looks from some of my favourite stores.
The Village has now doubled in size since I last visited two years ago, stocking designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Armani, & Versace to name a few, offering designer labels at more affordable prices. My New York local Le Pain Quotidien has also opened up along with Joe’s Coffee, a cute Irish-run coffee shop run by Domini Kemp. I could easily spend a full day here, perusing shops I love like The Kooples & AllSaints and hitting Dunne & Crescenzi to refuel with a delightful spot of pasta!
The main reason for my trip to Kildare Village though was to find out more about how Kildare Village is making an impactful effort to connect with the Irish creative community and what they are doing to support home-grown talent.
Só Collective, is Kildare Village’s answer to being part of this vibrant movement in Irish design. A new hub of talent, Só Collective is a showcase of contemporary fashion & lifestyle and a celebration of craft from both established and emerging Irish designers & makers. Walking through the space feels like a journey, thoughtfully designed by Irish design studio ChanLegge the store is designed with an elemental yet luxurious feel, with the centre of the store lending itself as an exhibition space. The perfect fusion of lifestyle shopping & art. At Só Collective you’ll find garments & products rooted in tradition often featuring native materials such as wool, linen & leather and unique homeware in ceramic, wood & stone re-invented in a modern way to serve the contemporary market.
Kildare Village is also helping launch the careers of new-generation designers at an international level with its Fashion Bursary, a €15,000 scholarship aimed at enabling designers to achieve their potential. The Bursary also includes an educational element including student talks led by industry professionals to help nurture young Irish talent perform on an international level.
It was amazing to see designers I watched launch as small businesses few years ago now stocking in stores like Só Collective, and as a young fashion graduate myself I find initiatives like this extremely encouraging! Below I’ve styled some pieces from the store from designers such as Mary Callan and Natalie B. Coleman.
If you would like to follow my day around Kildare Village even more, watch my latest youtube video below!