Kieran Murphy goes off the beaten track of the Dublin streets to find the perfect vintage shop.
Shopping in Dublin can often be an intimidating experience. With the maze that is Dundrum Town Centre and the four different Topshops in one city, one often wonders if people ever notice the smaller shops around the place. There are so many vintage shops on offer in Dublin, none more unique than Lucy’s Lounge.
The store is nestled in the heart of Temple Bar on Fownes Street. Entering its premises can feel like walking into a curiosity shop of old, where vinyl and black-and-white portraits cover the walls and racks of vintage, thrift and customised clothes run right through the store.
The owner of Lucy’s Lounge, Dee Macken, tells o-two that the vintage fashion has become a passion for her. She explains how it is accessible to everyone interested in fashion on a budget. Her passion for vintage makes the store a different experience to the somewhat faceless experience one may have on the high street.
Dee is a mother to two young boys and has sold secondhand clothes since she was 17. The store itself has Dee in every part, with the whole of the shop unique in some way, such as LP covers used as wallpaper or biscuit tins from the 50s. Admiring all the odd bric-a-brac which Dee has collected over the years can often make you forget that it is still a clothing store.
Lucy’s Lounge mostly sells thrift and vintage clothes with every style and decade imaginable. However, Dee’s support of young Irish talent makes things a bit different. She will take on anyone’s clothes if they design some, saying “they’re just young people who make clothes and just want to sell in here”.
Also within the store is the “Creative Couch” where people can come in and customize clothes or make their own. The store has a dedicated section to trimmings and fabric and it has also has several staff customising clothes all day.
Most people stumble upon Lucy’s Lounge through Dee’s blog and the store’s Facebook account. The Facebook page, she says, serves as a “community information board” where herself and her customers can interact with each other. The blog acts as Dee’s personal diary, but also a means enables her to get the store’s aesthetic across by posting pictures of her customers’ styles, dresses she’s bought for herself, vintage markets she’s sold at, or just simply some photographs from her last holiday.
After talking with Dee, one can tell that she is truly passionate about fashion, as evidenced by her love for the store and the perfect vintage outfits she wears every day.