Stepping into the Galway Designers Studio House is like stepping into an oasis of calm in the midst of Galway’s hustle and bustle. More than just another clothing store, this unique shopping concept is a discerning shopper's paradise.
Located in the lively Latin Quarter of Galway’s cosmopolitan city centre, Galway Designers Studio House offers a warm and welcome addition to the city’s growing assortment of independent and local stores. The store houses up to twenty independent designers with creations ranging from casual to occasion wear, knitwear to tweed, as well as jewellery and millinery. The diversity of styles instore matches the wide variety in price range; one can easily pick up a bargain with lower end prices starting at just ten euro. All pieces instore are handmade and unique, with most designs being one-off pieces.
The store’s two owners, Gayle and Ann, both fashion designers, wanted to create a platform for independent designers such as themselves to sell and grow from. They founded the Galway Designers Network in early 2017 with a view to expanding their small businesses while also surrounding themselves with like-minded individuals who shared a similar vision. After two successful fashion shows held in Galway, showcasing the finest in local independent fashion design, plus a number of pop up shops, the dynamic duo came up with another idea for expansion. They found a gap in the market for a concept store – one which would support and encourage small local designers to expand on their home-grown businesses and provide them with a place to sell their wares. Thus, the idea for the Galway Designers Studio House was born.
Opening its doors in December 2017, the store offers designers the opportunity to ‘rent-a-rail’ with the profits from each piece sold going directly to the designer who created it. Instore you will find an eclectic mix of designs, from high-end evening wear and jewellery, unique and quirky dresses, to warm and comfy fleeces and knitwear.
Stylish hats lovingly crafted by a Connemara fisherman as he whiles away the hours on his fishing vessel are just one example of the unique handiwork that can be found instore. The loving detail that goes into each piece is clearly evident with purchases certain to elicit admiration for years to come.
Alongside the store, there is a working sewing studio and workshop space which can be rented out. Here, designers and design students are provided with the opportunity to work from a professional environment. The studio is a hive of activity; on any given day one might stumble across anything from professional fashion photo shoots to crafting classes such as knitting, sewing or jewellery making.
Showcasing only the best in local creativity and fashion design, Galway Designers Studio House is certainly worth a visit. It is rare to find a store stocking such unique, high quality and time