We fashionistas have this fascination with all things quirky; pieces that are almost one of a kind that no one else will have. There's something special about owning something that you know is unique to you, isn't there? And now Dublin has one more place for us to visit, to get our hands on everything from one-off vintage pieces, to new labels and even a little bit of homeware.
Folkster, originating in Kilkenny, opened its first Dublin store in May, and since then has fast become one of the most popular concept shops in town. The brainchild of fashion entrepreneur Blanaid Hennessy, Folkster is like an oasis of beautiful things. You'll find this new store on Eustace Street in Temple Bar, and it's just the place to help you find that piece you have always craved.
On my last visit, it was filled with débutantes on that mammoth search for the ultimate debs dress. The excitement was apparent and an atmosphere buzzing with fussing Mums and eager teenage girls filled the back room. And staying with occasion dresses, Folkster has just announced it's new range of bridal wear from Kerry-born and New York based designer, Don O'Neil (he's one of Oprah's favourites) which includes a pink obmré gown to die for.
Aside from momentous occasions, Folkster's range of everyday wear is why I love it; especially it's shoes! The shop in Kilkenny was the first place I discovered the signature style of shoe designer Jeffery Campbell, and since landing in Blanaid's shop, the range has gained a massive following and is a regular feature in Irish street style blogs. Now the style may not be for everyone, but some of the designs are incredibly timeless and well worth the investment. Other shoe labels include Missta whose over the knee black boots are set to be a huge hit this Autumn Winter thanks to the style's cult status on the catwalks.
And a trip to Folkster will also leave you lusting after the accessories. One of the first pieces I bought from Blanaid many years ago was a statement ring with a turquoise stone which I still treasure. What's so appealing about the accessories is that you can have a budget of €5 or €50 and find something you love. Watch out for the jewelled drop earrings and necklaces that will jazz up a plain white t-shirt!
The Folkster signature piece has to be the kimono, of which there are plenty to choose from. The latest styles to arrive from LA are incredibly decorative from fringing to beading, perfect for the Electric Picnic wardrobe, I say!
Kimonos are a wardrobe must have, and work as a perfect complement to lot's of different outfits depending on your personal style. I love to wear them over a plain top, skinny jeans and flat shoes; but if you are more adventurous, be inspired by the Folkster lookbook and wear over a full length sequin skirt!
Now if you don't live near either of the shops in Dublin or Kilkenny, fear not! The Folkster.com website has everything I've mentioned above, and they post all over the world if you want to buy a gift for a loved one outside of Ireland. All the latest additions to the shop can be found on their fabulous Facebook page too!
What do you think of bohemian and vintage style? Have you have favourite piece you have seen in Folkster? Tell us!