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Friday 22 September 2017

Viru, a nod to Bono and a summer in Dublin

Sharon Bannerton
Sharon Bannerton

Oh Virendra Rana, what've you done?

I've never heard so many women discuss lamps over shoes, and bags, with such passion.

Virendra comes originally from Nepal but he is very Irish at heart, having lived here for 12 years.

Last Thursday night, he held a party to celebrate the opening of his new store, Ginger Brown, on Dublin's Clarendon Street and we stepped across to the David Murray-managed Balfe's beside The Westbury for supper.

The store stocks homeware, including hand-woven cushions and rugs and furniture with an exotic feel, hand-embroidered bags and jewellery with semi-precious stones.

Guests included lots of interiors fiends like leading PR guru Sharon Bannerton (pictured left) who has impeccable taste in such matters. Indeed, the bathroom in her period Dublin brownstone is one of the nicest I've seen.

Virendra (a.k.a Viru) has a very eclectic, original taste and his many guests saluted his stated aim "to bring summer to Dublin all-year round."

And speaking of azure skies, the Dublin skyline has looked remarkably blue for the last few weeks, none more than last Sunday when half the Irish fashion pack seemed to be exercising their legs on the South Bull Wall. "It takes me seven-and-a-half minutes in each direction - I like to move quickly," said Sonya Lennon.

The Ringsend walkway really does rival Dun Laoghaire and Howth piers for sociability, and it has its own coffee barista on site so you can sip espressos with the crema foam that Paolo Tullio raves about and doft your cap across the bay to Bono in Killiney.

- BP

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