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Upcoming sample sales: Pauric Sweeney and Joanne Hynes

Bag yourself a designer bargain at a fraction of retail prices at sample sales in coming weeks

Wed, Nov 27, 2013, 07:30


If you’re like me and you read a lot of UK- and US-based blogs, you’ll be familiar with those pangs of irritation and frustration at the frequent sample sales our foreign cousins get to experience. It seems like there’s a Jonathan Saunders or Charlotte Olympia sample sale every three minutes, while God knows what the Americans are getting (no cats, anyway).

This is why, when there is an Irish sample sale, it’s such a great idea to do a bit of shouting about it – and the next fortnight has sales from two of the best in Irish talent, Joanne Hynes and Pauric Sweeney.

I’ve written about the Pauric Sweeney sample sale before – which is not only your chance to get your hands on one of his beautiful bags at up to 80 per cent off (very high) retail prices, but also a great opportunity to have a snoop around his incredible Dublin 4 apartment.

Joanne Hynes is a new and different animal, at least in sample sale terms; she’s holding hers in Tropical Popical on South William Street on Friday and Saturday next (December 6th and 7th) with talk of collars and clothing, handbags and keyrings.

The big money will, of course, be on her incredible crystal embellished collars, which can cost the best part of €500 at full price.

Now. Don’t say I never do anything for you – and right in time for Christmas present buying!