At the Irish Fashion Summit in Farmleigh were (from left): Eddie Shanahan, chairman CIFD; Patrick McHugh, photographer and web developer; Shelly Corkery, fashion director Brown Thomas; Elke Timmerman, Mode & Design Brussels;  and designer Heidi Higgins. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Government agencies should do more to help Irish fashion designers argued Gorey-based designer Blaithin Ennis at the first Irish Fashion Summit held i(...)

The acquisition  of Arnotts  is a major signal of confidence in the Irish economic recovery story from one of the world’s most professional retailers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The acquisition by Selfridges of Arnotts on Monday might have been well flagged but it nonetheless represented a major shot in the arm for the retail (...)

Arnotts: Selfridges Group acquired the 172-year-old Henry Street business on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irishman Paul Kelly says he has “long admired” the Dublin department store Arnotts and on Monday he got the opportunity to shape its future when Selfr(...)

Buying a winter coat is a serious investment, particularly when funds are in short supply. You need to keep warm, obviously, but you also want some(...)

The Christmas market at Brown Thomas  opened on August 20th, 2015. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Now somewhat of an annual tradition in the retail world, the early opening of Brown Thomas’s Christmas market this Thursday has kicked off festive sea(...)

Brown Thomas exterior: the work is part of a wider €20 million refurbishment to modernise the premises.

Brown Thomas has begun a €1.5 million renovation of the façade of its flagship department store on Grafton Street in Dublin. Hoarding has been erected(...)

Clothes from Agender, the new department of gender-neutral clothing in Selfridges

In July 2014, a three-letter word was entered into the Svenska Akademiens Ordlista, the official arbiter of the Swedish language. That word was hen(...)

Yomiko (centre), in a Poppy Ivory Fine Lace Bridal Gown with Delicate Scatter Beadwork, with Karen Fitzpatrick (left), in a Lilianna Orchid Silk Organza Digital Print Dress  and Sarah Morrisey, in a Pari Ivory Crepe Tunic with Petal Embroidered Sleeves  and Crista Red Capri Trs, all part of the Louise Kennedy Spring Summer Collection 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Japanese woodblock print of cherry blossoms on a card from the Chester Beatty Library shop was the starting point for Louise Kennedy’s spring collec(...)

Retail Ireland says figures suggest it will be retailers’ best Christmas for five years. It has forecast a 2 per cent rise in the sales worth €80 million. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Men were out in force in the winter sales too with major retailers expressing surprise at the number of male shoppers hunting for bargains.An unusual(...)

The newly refurbished ground floor area in Brown Thomas on  Grafton Street: the company’s revenues rose by 2 per cent to €146 million in the year to February 1st 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

Brown Thomas is planning to hire 200 temporary staff to meet demand for the Christmas and new year sales period and is also set to invest more than €(...)