Brown Thomas, Dublin
Tel: 353 1 605 6666
Concierge.com's insider take:
A Dublin institution, Brown Thomas has been plying its trade since 1849. More than a cap is tipped to homegrown talent: The collections of Irish designers Paul Costelloe, Lainey Keogh, and Louise Kennedy are highlights, as are the Irish linens and Tipperary and Waterford crystal. There are also boutiques from Chanel, Christian Dior, and Prada, as well as exclusive bespoke services (an in-house tailor and regular visits from master tailors of Armani, Brioni, Zegna, and Italian shirtmaker Truzzi). Even the doorman, who dresses in tops and tails, is at the top of his game—legend has it that he knew of Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern's surprise resignation two days before it was announced. Almost directly across Grafton Street is BT2, the offshoot store for a younger, trendy clientele, selling Fornarina, Laundry Industry, and Lucky. Paris Hilton launched her Heiress perfume here, causing teen mayhem.
Open Mondays 9:30 am to 7 pm, Tuesdays 10 am to 7 pm, Wednesdays 9:30 am to 8 pm, Thursdays 9:30 am to 9 pm, Fridays 9:30 am to 8 pm, Saturdays 9 am to 7 pm, and Sundays 11 am to 6 pm.