Nine Crows held warehouse clearance sales throughout the summer, finally opening up the brilliant thrift store on June 8 of this year.
They're a small, independently-owned company who contribute to a sustainable lifestyle, and they're proud of it. Making ethical fashion more accessible and sustainable is their goal, and we love them for it.
Their Nine Crows vintage store is home to special, high-quality and one-of-a-kind pieces, which their buying team sort through tens of thousands of items to find. Locating gems ain't an easy job.
The prices are significantly higher in their vintage store, as the clothing is curated and features rare pieces, but their thrift store is a whole different story.
For their thrift store, Nine Crows choose the type of clothing they want and purchase it in bulk. Second-hand clothes bought in this manner isn't curated, and you as the customer gets to do all the fun rummaging (fummaging?).
It's a mystery, but you find some amazing hidden pieces and reap the rewards with the cheap prices. The Nine Crows Thrift Store is located in their warehouse, off Baggot Street at 12 Pembroke Row.
The shop is open Thursdays to Sundays, from 12pm to 6pm and is WELL worth a sneaky peek. Everything is between €5 and €15, so you can't use prices as an excuse to shop fast fashion brands.
We're sprinting there as we type:
Nine Crows currently have a competition running which gives you the chance to win a €100 gift voucher for their thrift store, so enter on their Instagram page here.
With all the conversations regarding the decrepit state of our planet, it's no surprise that the terms 'ethical fashion' and 'sustainable clothing' are coming up again and again.
Whether it's the depressing lack of labour rights which garment workers possess, or the untold amount of damage a simple white t-shirt can do to the earth; it's time to get serious about the disastrous environmental impact of fashion.
1. The truth of the matter is: the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, second only to the oil industry.
Unfortunately, developing countries are constantly the ones to suffer from developed nations and their materialistic consumerist culture. While high street shops have lower pricing, it's important to ask ourselves why this is so.
Normally, it's because the cost of production is incredibly cheap, and the workers aren't being paid in equity.
For example, according to Stephen Leahy of The Guardian, 100 million people in India don't have access to drinking water. However, 85 percent of the daily needs of the entire population of India would be provided by the water used to grow the country's cotton.
The same cotton that goes into making our clothes, the clothes of people who have always had access to daily needs like drinking water. So the question is, who really pays the price for our clothing?
Fast fashion is a hugely feminist issue seeing as women in these underdeveloped countries are paid less than men for working in these garment factories.
Now, this article isn't intended to guilt or shame anyone. It's just a wake-up call, and knowing the facts of this vital topic can lead to change. Change can lead to less harm on the planet, and isn't that always a good thing?
2. First of all, it's important to know that the untreated toxic waste-waters from textile factories are often dumped directly into the rivers of countries where clothes are made.
These waste-waters contain toxic substances like arsenic, mercury and lead, which kill the aquatic life and health of millions living by that same river. Contamination reaches the sea and spreads globally.
The use of fertilizers for cotton production heavily pollute waters, another danger of creating just a single item of clothing for brands we all know and buy from.
3. Clothing in our culture has become disposable, and more and more textile waste is accumulating as a result. According to Elizabeth Cline of The Atlantic, a family in the 'western world' throws away an average of 30kg of clothing every year.
4. Only 15 percent of this is recycled or donated, and what happens to the rest? Landfill or incineration.
What's worse, synthetic fibres like polyester are plastic fibres, and can take up to 200 years to decompose.
Global textiles production emits 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases every single year. That's more than international flights and maritime shipping put together, according to Fashion Revolution.
5. These biodegradable synthetic fibres are used in a shocking 72 percent of our clothing.
6. The UK population has £10.5 billion worth of unworn clothes in their closet, according to recent research. It's massively valuable to donate your unworn clothes rather than throw them away. Every item of apparel has a history, and can tell a story.
Fast fashion is having an unparalleled influence on the planet, with more and more clothes being incinerated into the air every year.
Workers are suffering in poverty to make our clothes, and we have no idea who they even are. We have a responsibility to bring ethics into what we wear and how we style ourselves.
The issue may seem far away, but we can't ignore the problem any longer.
Clothing is a basic human need, give someone else the chance to wear the clothes you don't want anymore.
6. The apparel industry accounts for 10 percent of global carbon emissions, because our clothes are made in countries which power their factories with coal.
This means our synthetic fibres are basically made from fossil fuel, hence why it's so important to buy clothes with natural fibres.
Here's our survival guide for ethical shopping and sustainable fashion, but remember: Nobody's perfect.
Even if you reduce your buying habits a tiny bit, or change one of your high street shops to an ethical brand, that's great. Just do your best; if everyone did a little, it would mean a lot.
The Nu. Wardrobe is an Irish female-led startup company focusing on dramatically reducing fashion waste by encouraging the swapping or renting of clothes. Their tag-line is 'Look Good. Save Money. Reduce Waste.'
Right on, gals. Extending the life cycle of clothes is hugely important in the fight against fast fashion.
Why not borrow an outfit from a friend or sibling instead of buying something entirely new when you probably don't need to?
Of course, it's important to treat yourself every now and again, and we all need new threads every once and a while when our body sizes change etc, but just remember to ask yourself every time: Do I really need this?
It's a great feeling knowing that you aren't buying brand new clothes all the time, and the app allows you to make some $ cash dollah $ by selling all of the clothes you haven't worn since your teenage disco days.
We first heard about Good On Youfrom none other than Emma Watson. If she models and endorses them, they have to be sheer excellence.
The app allows you to inform yourself all about the workers rights and sustainability of your favourite brands.
They offer great suggestions for ethical and sustainable brands too, and it's practical and easy to use.
The A/W 18 Collection for Thomas Sabo has landed and it is truly breathtaking – think iconic, vintage styles that are timeless.
The Sterling Silver celebrates the art of mismatching – it creates a strong and authentic aesthetic for the wearer. Sounds fabulous, right?
It can't be argued that Thomas Sabo is redefining what classic jewellery means.
Brand heritage is woven deep into this new collection, featuring a collection called the Spirit Moonphase Movement 1984 which represents the creation of the THOMAS SABO brand.
In addition to that, there is the stunning Kingdom Of Dreams collection, which is geared towards the expressive wearer.
Finally, there is a collection of creative rings, chains and medallions for everyone to wear.
A boho or vintage lover? Then the retro styles will be right up your street!
Every piece of jewellery has a special vintage touch – the rings are decorated with fine diamonds, and the medallions radiate with nostalgia as they have space inside to pop a picture of a loved one – how cute!
In keeping with this theme, even the watches have been slimmed down, with the Mini Vintage watches being inspired by art deco styles of bygone eras.
This absolutely beautiful collection is available from the end of July online and across THOMAS SABO counters in Ireland.
We for one will be draping ourself in these jewels, what about you?
Flaking paint, worn out words, a faded storefront. You've passed countless signs like this on the street – possibly you've walked on by, unnoticing, or maybe they made you stop and wonder 'What used to be here?'
These vestiges of the city's distant (and not-so-distant) past are known as ghost signs.
They usually come in the form of advertising, often painted on the brick sides of buildings, but are also manifested in carved signs and other adornments. The signs are sometimes for businesses that are still extant but have just left those particular premises.
Once you start spotting these reminders of Dublin's history, it's hard to stop. I was first introduced to ghost signs by my Economic Policy and Business History lecturer, Professor Frank Barry, in my final year of college.
We were tasked with walking around the city, heads tilted up to look for ghost signs that were hiding in plain sight.
I was astounded by the number I discovered and found myself happy to wander around city centre for hours on end, trying not to bump into people as I kept my eyes peeled for ghost signs.
But why was I so fascinated from the start? Why is it one of the parts of my final year curriculum I remember best, despite the ghost sign project's minimal contribution to my grade?
"Funnily enough, visually, ghost signs seem to fit in with a particular aesthetic that's in vogue at the moment, that vaguely vintage combination of exposed brick, subway tiles and recycled pallets," observed Antonia Hart, the author of Ghost Signs of Dublin.
She said she's even seen mock-ups of ghost signs around town to fit that old-fashioned look that's so popular with certain Instagrammers.
"I've seen a fake ghost sign painted on a brick wall inside a cafe, and there's one in Pearse Station (Cadburys) which isn't real either, it's a remnant of a film," the writer and researcher noted.
Emma Clarke, who runs the popular blog dublinghostsigns.com, says the reason these echoes of the past prove so interesting to us is that they also tug at our heartstrings.
"I think people feel a mixture of curiosity and nostalgia when they see these old signs," she stated, "Ghost signs and vintage shopfronts often make people think about the people who owned or worked for the businesses in the past."
Indeed, in a time when rose-coloured glasses are practically everyday eyewear, it makes sense we'd be drawn to these harbingers of history.
"The signs are remnants of a different time – when there were brushmakers, victuallers and dairies around the city – a real contrast to today's convenience stores and fast food outlets," Emma reflected.
The Dublin Ghost Signs Instagram account is brimming with hundreds of posts, and it's an easy rabbit hole to fall into – as is the world of ghost signs in general.
Some history buffs, like Frank, are so deep into it that they walk through the Dublin of the past, rather than the present. These ghost signs are their landmarks.
"I often say to people, and they think I’m crazy, but when I walk the city streets, I don’t see the modern world at all," he says, "I’m walking through the Dublin of the 1950s or the 1930s or the 1890s because that’s the world that’s all around me that I care about and that I notice."
Frank's interest in ghost signs comes from his boyhood days, looking for old coins, and later on when he noticed simple indicators of a city's commercial past.
One prime example is the half door, also known as a stable door, which is split into a bottom and top half to keep animals either in or out – a sign of a society that relies on animal husbandry. He noticed them while travelling in Mexico about three decades ago, and quickly thought of the doors back in his father's hometown of Mallow, Co Cork.
All those half doors were gone from Mallow by the time he'd returned from his years abroad. There remained some hope, though – there was a half door on the street in Dublin he used to walk down every day to go to school.
"I went by it six months ago and it was still there," Frank recalled.
Because he didn't have a phone or a camera on him, he couldn't capture this small reminder of Dublin's history at the time.
He returned a few weeks to take a photo of the door, but it had disappeared. And it's not the only remnant of old Dublin that's vanished overnight.
The city is changing rapidly, and as many are saying (though with different tones depending on who you're talking to), the boom times are back. Cranes are scraping clouds all across the skyline, and ghost signs are under threat.
"Well, I think it’s tragic," he said, "I suppose the world is divided between the people who want to preserve everything and the people who want to demolish everything."
He has some hope, though, saying, "Fortunately, I think there’s much greater awareness now of the value of things like ghost signs. I think architects in particular… would be interested in preserving remnants of history."
Emma sees the integration of ghost signs into current businesses as a way of honouring Dublin's past while still moving forward.
"Sometimes during a renovation or refurbishment, an old sign or shopfront is uncovered and the owners decide to incorporate aspects of the old business into the new design," she explained.
"It is great when some link to a building's past is retained, but of course, it's not always possible and cities have to move on."
She points to one example on Capel Street to illustrate her point. Walsh's used to operate out of 159 Capel Street, where Klaw now dishes out seafood. The new occupants have paid tribute to Walsh's by mounting its sign inside the restaurant as decoration.
Antonia has a similar mindset to Emma, saying, "The city has to be dynamic, and you can't keep everything just because it's old. But it would be nice if as little destruction as possible took place – if you could layer a new sign over the old rather than ripping it out."
"But that won't always be possible," she admitted, "At the very least, it takes three seconds to photograph the sign for posterity."
That's why books like Antonia's, blogs like Emma's, and assignments like Frank's prove so very important. Ghost signs may disappear, but the work of these historically-minded heroes preserve what they can.
I hope the next time you're in city centre you look beyond modern Dublin, into the past that still peeks through.
The weather outside may say otherwise, but summer 2018 is FINALLY in sight – and with that, it's high time we give our wardrobes a bit of a style makeover.
Sure, you could nip into town and fill you shopping bags with the high street's latest collections, but if you're on the hunt for unique finds and vintage threads, look no further than ASOS Marketplace.
Home to the best independent brands and boutiques, the online store is a vintage lover's dream.
From gorgeous accessories to colourful kimonos, here's just some of our favourite pieces available to buy right now.
There really is a serious market for Disney nostalgia on the likes of sites like Ebay and Esty, with certain collections fetching thousands online.
Both the DVDs and VHS videos could give your daily earnings more than a little top-up but going by some of the collections for sale, the most valuable seems to the Black Diamond VHS Collection.
This rare collection includes 18 animated features all released between 1988 to 1993 for VHS. These editions come in a clamshell case and display a logo in the shape of a black diamond that says 'The Classics' on the spine, according to Stylist.
Over on Etsy, a set of 21 pre-owned vintage Disney VHS tapes (including one Black Diamond edition) is selling for an astounding £182,294.74.
Full sets will usually always be snapped up by specialist collectors but you can get lucky if you even own singular videos; a root around on Ebay and you'll see some range from in the sixties to the hundreds, according to The Mirror.
Would you dust yours off if you were cash-strapped before payday?
Public Romance is bringing it's brand manifesto with it into the online sphere, offering two different shopping experiences.
'Public Romance offers two unique fashion retail experiences: on the ground floor, a selection of contemporary independent clothing and accessories for women are available, all of which are exclusive to Galway,' reads the PR website.
'On the upper floor, Public Romance offers men’s and women's trend-orientated vintage clothing, dating from the 1960's to the 1990's – original Adidas pieces, classic streetwear, customised vintage Levi’s, military, festival outfits, and much more. '
Both of these individual shopping experiences will be available to online users.
Whether you're from Galway but miss being able to shop in your local vintage store, or are from across Ireland looking for somewhere new to swap your cash for one-off clothing, we recommend you check it out.
If you're low on funds but looking for an outfit with a difference, your first port of call should always be your local charity shop.
Yes, high street shops and even dedicated vintage stores might look more appealing, but as long as you're willing to rummage a little and be creative, you're guaranteed to find charity shop gems at half the price you'd pay elsewhere.
And we're not talking random Penneys slogan t-shirts for €1, either. Proper vintage finds, amazing prints, tailored pieces and more are all hidden away on charity shop rails waiting for a new home.
Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most out of your next visit…
1. Be ruthless
You don't need to spend hours slowly browsing through the racks – keep an eye out for prints and textures that catch your eye and you'll be sure to find a gem soon enough. Oversized coats and sweaters are always good bets as sizing is less of an issue. Only buy pieces that you can actually imagine in your wardrobe, rather than saying 'Oh, I'll wear it at some stage.' You probably won't.
2. Don't be afraid to tailor
Just because that gorgeous fifties-style skirt is a size too big doesn't mean it wouldn't look perfect with a few nips and tucks. The same goes for sleeves that are too long or necklines that are too high. Stylist Courteney Smith is a huge advocate of tailoring both new and vintage finds – check out her Instagram for inspiration.
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3. Don't just look for clothes
Why splurge on a new Topshop leather satchel when you could find a perfectly good one for a quarter of the price at St Vincent de Paul? Leather ages brilliantly, so handbags are always going to be a solid charity shop bet. Also keep an eye out for homewares… some well chosen mis-matched plates and cups can totally pimp up your kitchen collection.
4. Quality is key
Just because something is cheap doesn't mean you have to buy it. And likewise, if something in a charity shop seems over-priced, it could well be because you're getting a super high quality piece for a fraction of the usual cost. Materials like denim, wool and leather are all good finds as they're designed to look even better with age.
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5. Keep an open mind
If you've never shopped in a charity shop before, you may need a little attitude adjustment. Yes, the clothes are not as beautifully arranged as they are in other stores, and no things won't smell brand new, but that's the joy of vintage shopping. If you're still a little apprehensive, stick to shops that have a dedicated 'vintage' section with more unusual and colourful finds.
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