See what styles were in store for me when I discovered the range of menswear at Arnotts – Ireland’s favourite department store in Dublin.

Recently The Science of Appearance went on a little jaunt across the Irish Sea (OK, more like over – no boats for me) to visit the Irish capital, Dublin. What began as a trip to visit a friend turned into a semi blogger trip when I was given the chance to go and visit some of Ireland’s favourite shopping destinations by my friend and Irish blogger Lorna Weightman, better known as styleisle.ie

Up first was Arnotts, Dublin’s oldest and largest department store, established in 1843. It’s a mid-to-high end department store and one of my favourite stores of the trip. It’s a gorgeous store that’s so well merchandised you walk around being inspired at every turn. It’s one of those places that makes you not only want to shop, but excited to do so.

I was very lucky to be given a floor walk by one of the menswear buyers who showed of the range of brands available. There were the classic favourites, from high street champs like All Saints, G-Star, Barbour and Diesel to higher end labels like Hackett, Duchamp and Ralph Lauren. There were also a great range of Irish brands that I got introduced to like Magee – established in 1866 by John Magee, the brand offers perennial favourites with a modern twist, a focus on tailoring and premium fabrics in coveted tweed jackets and sharp suits.

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Arnotts also have their own Arnotts Collection of quality, affordable separates and accessories. My final surprise was being introduced to a London brand that I hadn’t heard of – Marshall Artist. This London brand was founded in 2001 and focus on modern tailoring for modern people. It was great to see Arnotts so on top of their game with new and emerging brands, their offering is slick, diverse and well delivered.

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The staff in Arnotts are also lovely, I got so caught up at H.E. by Mango chatting away to one of the staff members I lost my guide. The staff are informed, friendly and approachable making Arnotts are truly great shopping experience.

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Having a background at Selfridges I couldn’t not take a look at their street windows as well and they don’t disappoint. The team do a great job at creating fun and engaging features; I particularly loved the ‘Online’ window. Not only because it’s great to see the store putting s much emphasis on it’s online store, but also it’s quirky and fun execution.

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I can’t wait to get back to Arnotts and I am really looking forward to working with them again in the future.

If you’re in Dublin you must check it out. If you’re not, then see what Arnotts is all about online at www.arnotts.ie

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Written by Neil Thornton
London-based coffee drinker. Editor by day, blogger by whatever time he finds spare.