Carshoe driving loafers in gold or silver leather – rather like glamorous versions of the velvety suede and super-comfortable Tod’s – are available fr(...)

Brian McGuigan (centre) with his son, Ciaran McGuigan (right) and Phelim Darby, production manager Orior

In February a 12-metre container left Belfast for Liverpool for shipping to New York. In it were some 50 pieces of handmade furniture from Orior, in N(...)

With so much pink infusing the spring season, the colour’s power has never been so forceful in fashion

Craftsmanship lies at the heart of everything that Louise Kennedy does, and her spring 15 collection, one of her finest to date, is a showcase of h(...)

L&R, which owns the Intercontinental hotel, formerly the Four Seasons, in Dublin’s Ballsbridge, was recently brought on board by Mr Smyth to fund his bid. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

London & Regional, a property company owned by the UK billionaire Livingstone brothers, has replaced Brown Thomas owner Galen Weston as backers of(...)

It’s no surprise that the colour pink has been embraced by forward looking designers, from Simone Rocha to Celine

Fashion designers, it is said, are no longer dictators, their looks slavishly copied year on year by the waiting hordes. In these days of social me(...)

Winter is a challenging time for skin. Fluctuations in temperature between the freezing outdoors and often smotheringly overheated indoors put skin(...)

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(...)

Valrhona Guanaja

VALRHONA GUANAJA €4.50 for 70g, €64.28 per kg Okay, let’s deal with the negatives first. This chocolate is not cheap and it is not easy t(...)

My phone rings while I’m doing my sit-ups – five hundred – in the living room. It’s, like, a number I don’t recognise, but I answer it anyway. A wo(...)

The Karen Millen shop on Grafton Street. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Karen Millen ladies’ fashion store on Dublin’s Grafton Street is to close and make way for another trader. A number of international brands(...)