With so many vintage stores interspersed across Dublin, almost everyone is sporting at least one unique piece from the past. People adore the classically elegant designs, and often seek to purchase a statement piece of vintage clothing to act as a wardrobe staple. Sadly, attaining such beautiful styles was not always as easy as it is now, with truly vintage fashions priced far out of the reach of the average consumer
Luckily, Moody Blue Vintage, an online retailer and specialist in truly vintage designs  is one of the very first stores striving to make vintage style accessible.

Run by Ruth Dempsey, the store boasts beautiful finds that will prove to be perfect additions to any wardrobe, vintage or otherwise. The young store been successful in delivering timeless pieces directly since August 2012, and counts itself proudly among the ever increasing number of independent Irish stores in its genre. Moody Blue Vintage is a prime example of young, Irish entrepreneurs taking up great opportunities and seizing gaps in the fashion markets.

When I contacted Ms. Dempsey in regard to her wonderful store, she animatedly explained the inspiration behind the whole operation:

“I’ve wanted to set up the shop for a while,” she explains. “I have always thought there might be a niche in the market for items like that. We haven’t been open long, a year in August.”
According to Ruth, since opening, the response has been phenomenal:
“since we opened there hasn’t been a week where I haven’t had an order. Some from as far away as Canada and America. I want to make sure that our stock is affordable to everyone, because as a vintage lover myself I know how heartbreaking it is to see something you like but can’t afford, because it’s so expensive!”

With many other designers, store owners, and students the world over finally catching on to the vintage trends and slowly beginning to integrate them into fashion society, it’s assuring to know that we Irish are well and truly ahead of the vintage game.

By Lauren Tracey

Photographs are credited to photographer Sean Cahill.