Internet shopping is such a global affair these days (you can order from Nordstrom just as easily as you can from Net-a-porter) it's easy to forget what's right on your doorstep. And although in theory we can breeze in and out of the bricks-and-mortar stores of these Irish online retailers whenever we like, life isn't always like that. If, like me, you live and work outside of the city, you're as likely to order online from a store in Dublin as you are from one in Dubai. Here are three Irish retailers whose online stores are worth revisiting.
Dunnes Stores; dunesstores.com
What a difference a decade makes ... With collections from Paul Costelloe and come September Joanne Hynes, the once poor man's Marks & Spencer has elevated itself beyond what most of us could have imagined. And since 2013, the high street behometh has been selling its stylish homewares and cute kidswear, as well as its highly successful fashion ranges, Carolyn Donnelly The Edit and Lennon Courtney, online. Log on and check out Helen James' stunning cookware collection and the gorgeous children's wear at Leigh Tucker Willow.
I'm very familiar with Avoca's range of salads (all delicious) as I work close to the Monkstown store, but I'm less familiar with it's ready-to-wear collection as I rarely get into the Wicklow Street flagship store. Visiting avoca.com threw up more than a few surprises ... A gorgeous patterned Parka, a plaid Donegal tweed cape (perfectly on trend for AW16) and beautiful silk scarves by emerging brand KDC. Some of the handmade Irish jewellery is really worth a look too.
Kilkenny Shop; kilkennyshop.com
This Nassau Street store is such an institution that it's easy to take it for granted. How often have you walked by on your way to or from the Dart station without popping inside? Well, log on to kilkennyshop.com if you'd like to take a look without taking a detour. Orla Kiely, Chupi and Melissa Curry are just three of the Irish designers stocked there. While labels such as jewellery brand Alex and Ani have brought a younger vibe to a store that in the past was often associated with elderly tourists and ladies who lunch.