When it comes to buying some new threads, there’s no better way to do it than by supporting local, independent stores that provide unique and individualised pieces. Each of these clothing stores takes customer service to another level and you are always guaranteed to leave with a fresh new wardrobe staple. Treat yourself to a shopping experience in Galway where you can both support these local businesses while also squeezing in a bitta retail therapy in the process.
Planet Retro Vintage
Specialising in all things vintage, Planet Retro Vintage offers a large and one-of-a-kind selection of unisex clothing. There really is no telling what quirky, retro and down right cool clothes you’ll find here. This vintage store is every thrifters dream store, a treasure trove of one off pieces and eye-catching fits and accessories. With something for everyone, call in the next time you're in town and you'll be sure to walk away with a bag full of gorgeous vintage pieces.
Merchants Road, City Centre // shop here
above: photo of Planet Retro, by Ciarán MacChoncarraige
It's almost impossible to pass by the colourful clothing boutique Mega Catchy without popping in to see their new stock. Mega Catchy is a family run unique ladies boutique with an eclectic mix of styles and accessories for all ages. From clutches, scarves, fascinators and cork leather goodies to women's clothing and men's accessories you are certain to find something you'll love on their rails. Shop online or instore and treat yourself to some pretty new wardrobe staples.
Unit 9 level 1, Corbett Court Shopping Centre // shop here
The Sustainable Studio
A new fashion boutique bringing you the best pre-owned authentic designer and luxury handbags and accessories. Its founder Gayle Poppers’ philosophy is simple – ‘being stylish doesn’t need to cost the earth’ and this is exactly what The Sustainable Studio achieves. The Sustainable Studio brings customers the likes of bespoke designer jewellery, clothing, and Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel bags, you really never know what unique finds you will make when you pay them a visit.
Dominick St Lower // shop here
above: photo courtesy of The Sustainable Studio
Public Romance offers shoppers a chance to veer away from mass produced fashion by selling hand-picked items and one-off pieces that they've reworked themselves to breath new life into old materials. If you like vintage, upcycled and contemporary independent clothing, you’ll love this clothing store as they stock both men’s and women's trend-orientated vintage clothing, dating from the 1960's to the 1990's. They also offer personal styling advice, along with unique tailoring and customisation, ensuring that you get a 'fit tailored specifically for you.
52 Abbeygate Street Upper // shop here
Louis Copeland and Sons
Synonymous with fine tailored clothing and high end fashion for men in Ireland, Louis Copeland and Sons should be your first point of call for all your fashion needs. A four generational family business, Louis Copeland has built a phenomenal reputation for providing high quality suits and trendy casualwear to the men of Galway and beyond, even catering to stars Pierce Brosnan and Richard Harris. If its a suit you are after, they offer top quality made to measure suits ensuring you are looking your finest every time you dress to impress.
Merchants Road, City Centre // shop here
above: photo of Louis Copeland & Sons, by Ciarán MacChoncarriage
Bringing both preloved pieces and newer clothing together in one beautiful space, No. 8 quite literally has something for everyone. Opened in 2009 by Gillian Quinn with the aim to bring preloved luxury fashion to the streets of Galway, No. 8 is an environmentally, conscious fashion store. They stock a large range of designer handbags, shoes and perfume, as well as eye-catching newer pieces, accessories and wellness products. We can guarantee you’ll find something you can’t say no to at No.8.
The Cornstore, 8A, Cross Street // shop here
above: photo courtesy of No.8
Founded in 2020 by Steven Cooke, Aplomb exists as a space where where affordable fashion and sustainability can coexist. As a clothing store, Aplomb showcases sustainable fashion from across Europe, while also offering goods from closer to home. Stocking like-minded brands such as Galway's own Grey + Ginger and Fiáin, as well as Dedicated and Neutral from Scandinavia, Aplomb gives its customers the chance to shop stylish high quality wardrobe pieces while also showing love for the environment.
23 William Street West, Galway's Westend // shop here
above: photo courtesy of Aplomb
Born out of a love for style, sophistication and elegance, Harper is a leading occasion wear boutique in Galway. Dedicated to helping their customers find their perfect style, this passionate team know all the tricks of the trade to help you enhance your natural beauty. Harper stocks exclusive brands from around the globe paying particular homage to the latest fashion trends and their own customer preferences. On the rails you'll find an array of cocktail dresses, evening gowns, jumpsuits and casual day wear, as Harper says itself they've 'a style for every story'.
16/17 Mainguard Street // shop here
Bringing high end labels to the streets of Galway, owner Colette used her love and passion for ladies fashion to create the popular boutique - Colette Latchford Fashion. The cosy store stocks an impressive mix of must-have international brands and local designers, here, you'll also find a range of quirky accessories that really do wonders in making your outfit pop with colour. From helping you find inspiration for a complete wardrobe revamp or if you're after that perfect piece to finalise your occasion wear look, Colette Latchford is the place for you.
Lydon Court, Bóthar Irwin, Eyre Street // shop here
above: photo courtesy of Colette Latchford
Wolf & West Menswear
Contemporary street style and jean wear to smart casual and sharp suits, Wolf & West Menswear have everything you need for an eye-catching wardrobe. The team at this menswear store understand the importance of convenience and effortless shopping which is why they we provide an exclusive service of recording sizes to help take the stress out of shopping. Stocking leading labels from Italy, Holland, Germany, Sweden, the UK and Ireland, at Wolf & West Menswear they make looking fashionable effortless.
Unit 4, Howley Square, Main Street, Oranmore // shop here
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