Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Zuku by Kso at The Attic in A|Wear

If you’ve been in A|Wear on Henry St in, oh, the last year, you may have noticed the space upstairs – called The Attic – dedicated to brands from Zuku by Kso. It’s a small space in the upstairs of …

Wed, May 26, 2010, 10:49

   

If you’ve been in A|Wear on Henry St in, oh, the last year, you may have noticed the space upstairs – called The Attic – dedicated to brands from Zuku by Kso. It’s a small space in the upstairs of the Irish store, with a distinctly boutique feel – there is a small selection of items, with plenty of space to look around, with the idea that you can get a more “high-fashion” experience at affordable price points.

And they are really affordable; items come in around the €25-plus mark, and there are some really gorgeous dresses, of course with my favourite theme: floral prints, perfect for the summery weather we’ve been having. I went along to the launch last week of their newest site, in A|Wear on Grafton St, and they told me that there are plans afoot to install The Attic in A|Wear stores nationwide, which is great news for those of you who are down the country and so often denied access to the labels and items that mainstream press rave on about.

(Excuse the shoddy iPhone photographs . . . cycling + work doesn’t always equal prime opportunities to lug my SLR around.)

This was one gorgeous top availabe from Zuku, retailing at €60. It looks like silk, but isn’t – and would work with leggings as a tunic or with jeans, and minimal jewellery. The beauty of this collection, I thought, is that fabrics are light and simple, and items often look a lot more expensive than they are. Is that snobby thing to say? Maybe – because it shouldn’t really matter whether we give the impression that we spent buckets on our clothes – but we don’t live in an ideal world, and where we’re all oversaturated with items from Penneys, day in, day out, it’s nice to get a bit of a variation.

The prints available are really cute, and dresses come in a variety of shapes and styles, a lot of which are channelling summery wartime-era shapes, with plunging necklines and slightly flared skirts.

This coat was one of my favourite pieces; a beautiful jewel pink/purple colour, it had gorgeous buttons and short, capped sleeves and would work so well on its own for a cooler evening, or over a dress. Really lovely.

Have you checked out The Attic yet? What do you think?