UnionPay: its days of domination may be under threat after a complaint in 2012 by the United States to the World Trade Organisation

The Chinese payment system UnionPay, operated by the People’s Bank of China and owned by the about 85 domestic banks, which dominates the credit card (...)

Jewellery by Naoise Fitzgerald

Jewellery inspired by garden tools, musical scores or city skips may seem unlikely ways of dressing up an outfit or decorating the body. But today (...)

Isabelle Traber models Dolce & Gabbana at the launch of the Brown Thomas autumn/winter 2015 season. Photograph: Sara Freund 2:47

This is a season of contrasts and contradictions – of minis and maxis, of the retrospective and futuristic, of masculine and feminine, of embellishme(...)

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(...)

Your nominations for the Best Shops in Ireland awards are coming in thick and fast, and over the coming weeks secret shoppers and the judges will g(...)

In carefree July days, when the weather draws us seawards or to mountains and rivers, an Irish safari look isn’t about khaki and camouflage, but somet(...)

Stone Mad, Kinsale has been nominated

To nominate your Best Shop 2015, click here Six days into this year’s Best Shops competition and already we have thousands of nominations. The (...)

I have been neglecting my feet. Each September, I put them into shoes (like putting something into storage), and retrieve them the following May or(...)

Pandora at Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork: the Danish jewellery manufacturer and retailer is to move from 35 Grafton Street to 87

The jewellery specialist Pandora is about to switch to a higher-profile retail premises on Dublin’s fashionable Grafton Street. The Danish jewellery m(...)

 Shelly Corkery, fashion director for Brown Thomas. Photograph: Alan Betson

For every applicant for a shop floor job in Brown Thomas, there are hundreds who want to skate straight in as a fashion buyer. Ideally in a flippy (...)