Shopwatch: Kildare Village

April 25, 2013

Daily Digest

Shopwatch: Kildare Village

 

Pictured: My Kildare Village wish list: Church’s brogues,  mini Le Creuset saucepans, DKNY Cozy’s, KIDS store (centre), Brooks Brothers white shirt.

When I visit a city, I always want to know where the best places to shop are.

Be it London, Madrid or Rome, I’ll ask for recommendations from friends or family– and if there’s an outlet involved, it makes the experience all the better.

If I were visiting Dublin, surely I’d want to know “where the outlets are” and where’s the best place to grab a bargain? Well, Kildare Village is that place.

I hadn’t been to Kildare Village in about a year and visited this week to find new stores galore. But first a refuelling coffee at L’Officina, which is run by Dunne & Crescenzi so you’re guaranteed good coffee and Italian bites to eat. Otherwise there’s a Starbucks if you want to have your cuppa on the run.

I started the shopping expedition by visiting Brooks Brothers . Famed for dressing American presidents, they’re renowned for their shirts – men come to the Brooks Brothers outlet and buy them in their truckloads – you can get two shirts for €135 and three for €165 and who could blame them as they are all “non iron” shirts – that’s it – no ironing required.

I was so impressed with the range that I bought a women’s non-iron tailored fit white shirt – that wardrobe staple that always comes in handy. This one (€69) is crisp, white and fitted (i.e. no baggy bits at the side) and again – no ironing needed. If you see a crease, once on your body, it fades away due to your body heat, genius!

DKNY was another pit stop I made. Their cashmere and silk mix wrap cardigans are ideal for women of all ages. Known as “Cozys” they’re a cosy wrap cardigan that will last you for years – in fact they’re a piece that DKYNY are famed for and bring out, year after year, in different colours. There’s even an app to tell you the ways to wear your Cozy!  They cost €175 in store so I was chuffed to buy a black one for €59 at the DKNY outlet store.

Le Creuset and Nike are my other go to shops for home ware and running gear respectively. Nike is without doubt cheaper than buying full price running tops and leggings – so is worth the trip down alone. Their technical running tops (known as Drifit) are €20 each, whereas in other stores in town they’re €32.

And don’t get me started on the kids wear! There’s Ralph Lauren and Lacoste and a standalone KIDS shop which sells Chloe, Burberry, Boss and Timberland – Harper Beckham’s wardrobe has nothing on this place! If dressing your offspring in designer garb isn’t your thing, KIDS is perfect for baby present shopping.

Buying a new outfit “for an occasion” such as a wedding or the races is do-able with Louise Kennedy, Reiss, Ted Baker, LK Bennett, Karen Millen, Coast and Nicole Farhi,  for furnishing your house and baking and kitchen ware (Le Creuset, Cath Kidson, Kenneth Turner, Home & Cook), I’d save my money for a day out shopping at Kildare Village.

Kildare Village, Nurney Road, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare kildarevillage.com

Getting there: There’s a daily bus to Kildare Village from Dublin, operated by JJ Kavanagh and known as the Kildare Village Shopping Express, with frequent departures from Dublin airport and Dublin city centre (George’s Quay). The Shopping Express also runs from Shannon Airport and Limerick city to Kildare Village.

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