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 2:31

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 €(...)

A model wears a creation for Irish fashion designer Sharon Wauchob’s ready-to-wear collection in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP.

The Louvre Oratory, where the funerals of both Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu took place, was the historic location in Paris yesterday for Irish(...)

Li-Ann Smal wears an Erdem dress at the launch of the Brown Thomas autumn-winter collections. Photograph: Eric Luke

Brown Thomas kicked off the winter fashion season yesterday with a stylish show in the store’s new accessories area, part of a €9 million development (...)

UnionPay: there are almost as many UnionPay cards globally in circulation as the two leading payment cards combined

It’s an increasingly common sight shopping malls and at ATMs and in hotels from Okinawa to Bangkok to Manila – the logo of the Chinese payment system (...)

The Brown Thomas flagship store on Grafton Street, Dublin, is to get a €8.5 million refurbishment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The owners of Irish department store retailer Brown Thomas have decided to wind up about 10 dormant companies registered here with the companies of(...)

 Maria Boardman wearing a red mesh dress by Maje, and Thalia Heffernan wearing a Needle & Thread hand-beaded dress at the launch of the BT2 Spring Summer Collection  in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times 0:45

“This store is about streetwear and occasion wear,” said Shelly Corkery of Brown Thomas, launching BT2’s spring/summer collections yesterday with a sh(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary and TV3 commercial director Pat Kiely at the filming of an ad for the airline in the station’s HD studio in Ballymount, Dublin, earlier this month. (See question 20.) Photograph: Brian McEvoy

There was a big entry to my Christmas quiz last month. The winner is Mrs Kenya Quigley from Greystones in Co Wicklow. Congratulations, you win a two-d(...)

Shoppers  queue outside the Brown Thomas store on Grafton St,  Dublin this morning. Photograph: Brown Thomas via Twitter

The St Stephen’s Day sales will see shoppers out in force today as retailers try to recover from a lower-than-expected spend in the run up to the 25t(...)