Each year, regardless of how much forward planning and well-intentioned shopping lists we write, the last minute scurry from one side of the city to the other can feel borderline inevitable. Laden with too many bags and a tinge of panic, stress shopping manages to zap all the enjoyment out of Christmas gift giving.
Thankfully, Ireland is blessed with a number of superb shopping centres, department stores and boutiques that bring all the best brands together under one roof, allowing for a much more pleasant shopping experience without any of the aggro.
The newest addition to the Irish shopping scene comes in the form of Charlotte & Co at Dromoland Castle, located in Newmarket-On-Fergus, county Clare. First opening their doors in May of this year, this exciting boutique celebrates Dromoland Castle’s rich connection to textiles that began over 100 years ago.
Bringing together a beautifully curated selection of contemporary Irish designers, Charlotte & Co’s ever-expanding collection of premium brands ranges from Cleo Prickett and Niamh Gillespie’s Tidings, to Circular Fashion Brand of the Year, a o i f e. Here are the premium Irish brands available from the boutique.
Begley & Bowie
An art and fashion brand launched by Doireann Healy in 2019, Begley & Bowie have designed an exclusive clothing range specifically for Charlotte & Co. Based in Kenmare, County Kerry, this brand specialises in screen printing smile-inducing art and eco-friendly fashion pieces that bring the captivating history of Dromoland to life.
Inspired by the colours of Lady Ethel’s blush pink rose that grows in the historical walled garden of Dromoland Castle, the award-winning Deborah Veale collaborated with Charlotte & Co to create this elegant range of ladies’ nightwear that makes even lounging around feel luxurious. From silk camisoles to lace chemises and soft elegant robes, each piece exudes femininity, timeless elegance and luxury.
Cleo Prickett Womenswear
An Irish fashion brand dedicated to creating original and versatile clothing with a focus on contemporary tailoring, Cleo Prickett works in small trans-seasonal collections, rather than following the latest fads. A woman whose fashion journey began at the tender age of eight, Cleo designs and develops every garment herself.
a o i f e
A sustainable circular brand inspired by the Arts, the natural world and how they influence human culture, this Limerick-based brand is committed to sustainability and respect for the environment without sacrificing aesthetics. Their ergonomically designed bags, totes, backpacks, and accessories offer everyday solutions with a special-occasion appeal using the latest eco-fabric technologies.
Award-winning fashion designer and craftsman, Colin Burke, is redefining Irish knitwear with his range of contemporary luxury clothing which combines traditional Irish motifs and modern sensibilities. Each piece is lovingly made by hand in the west of Ireland by Burke and his team of skilled hand knitters, some of whom have been knitting for over seven decades.
Niamh Daniels’ signature style is prints with a fine art approach, combining a strong use of colour with her own drawing, painting and photography. Constantly inspired by the ever-changing landscape of the West of Ireland, each scarf is made with the finest quality fabrics and hand-finished with meticulous detail.
My Name Is Ted
Ted Carbery built a thriving business in the 1940s with two leather workshops. Following an aneurysm suffered at the age of 44 years old, Ted lost the use of his right-hand side, was left speechless and he lost his memory, but continued making leather goods with his mouth and left hand whilst supporting a family of 11 children. A legacy continued by his grandson, My Name Is Ted was born to combine uncompromising luxury and ultimate practicality in everything they create.
If you can’t make it in to shop these exquisite wears in person, the full range is also available to browse and order online to be delivered right to your doorstep just in time for Christmas.
Christmas gift vouchers
However, there are always those finicky few who are impossible to shop for. Whether it’s because they’ve got everything they could possibly need already, or you just can’t put your finger on what they might want, you can never go wrong with a gift voucher.
If you want to truly spoil someone special in your life, why not give the gift of luxury, escapism and relaxation with a beautifully wrapped gift voucher for Ireland’s most magical address? Dromoland Castle promises a world of indulgence, and their exclusive vouchers offer pleasures like afternoon tea, a round of golf, a treatment in our spa, dinner in the Earl of Thomond restaurant, or a memorable overnight stay.
One of the world’s most celebrated resorts, a Dromoland Castle gift voucher shows someone that they mean the world to you this Christmas.
To find out more about Charlotte & Co. boutique at Dromoland Castle or purchase a Christmas gift voucher, visit their website today.
Photography by Brian Arthur