Shopwatch: Republic

June 8, 2010

Daily Digest

Shopwatch: Republic

By Aisling Kennedy

Last week saw the first Irish opening of the UK based store, Republic in Dublin’s very own Blanchardstown shopping centre.

With Forever 21 soon to arrive on our shores,  it looks like Ireland is set to become a hub of enviable fashion activity. And as always here at we’re first in line to bring you the latest shop openings in town.

So what sartorial style does Republic offer?

Republic stocks both own brand and individual labels. The latter are an exciting mix of pretty florals from Miso, statement tees from Local Celebrity and ‘House-music’ inspired brand Dirtysmart for men.

Since the Dublin branch opened this month we get to enjoy some of the highlights from their summer collections. To give you a taste of what’s in store, here’s a rundown of each range:


Miso is an ultra-feminine line of clothing for women. For its SS10 collection the line is specialising in a range of clothing, from vests to ra ra skirts, to be adorned in a multitude of flirty vintage floral prints.

For those of you who are fans of River Island, this line will be a definite hit. Watch out for the ‘heart back dress’, to be cliché, it’s a steal at £22.99.

Candy Couture

A cute and casual line of vests and sweats, all of which are emblazoned with bold lettering and ‘I-heart’ tees. Perfect workout wear. Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘I heart LA/NY’ tees (£12.99).

Soul Cal

A laidback Califorinian lifestyle inspired range of clothing for both men and women. It is a real back-to-basics range so expect lots of vests, hoodies, and shorts.

Their ‘Boyfriend stripe cardigan’ comes in thick navy and white stripes and is edged with hot pink detail (£19.99), a staple for any gal’s casual wardrobe. This cardi would look fab with simple jeans or denim shorts.


Crafted is a punk-rock label for men and women, funky tees and faux-worn jeans make up the majority of the collection. The ‘drop crotch’ jeans (£39.99) were recently featured on ‘Gok’s Fashion fix’. You gotta love a bit of Gok.

What Republic Looks Like

On a personal note I’ve been to one of the branches in Essex. The layout is interesting and veers away from typically generic and standardised shop plans, which makes for an interesting wander.

The shop resembles a slightly defunct warehouse turned graffiti chic hangout with its faux scuffed flooring and loft lighting. The edgy look suits the majority of ‘street-style’ inspired labels that are stocked, G-star Raw denim being a case in point.

The look of the shop I have to say was what enticed me in, and as a rule the clothing was reasonably priced and varied.

Depending on your style or perhaps even with a need to mix up your style, this will be for the most part a change from the ubiquity of some high street stores.

However,  for those of you who are not massively fanatical about Punk/Urban/Street wear, I’d take my shopping trip elsewhere.

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