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Monday 28 July 2014

MacBees celebrates 30 years of high fashion

Published 21/05/2014|05:36

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MacBees owner Mary McBride

KILLARNEY fashion house MacBees celebrates 30 years in business this Saturday, May 24, and a special in-store showcase is planned on the day.

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It was originally thought that owner Mary McBride, pictured, would open a pharmacy at her new Killarney premises but she went down a very different route when she opened a new fashion outlet in the town.

That was in the 1980s and the television series 'Dynasty' was all the rage, so the style was power dressing with plenty of shoulder pads, double breasted suits and clip on ear-rings.

A decade late Mary doubled the floor space and it was pared back '90s elegance and the 'London' look but by the noughties the inspiration was closer to home.

Dorinne Hickey and Mary's daughter, Aoife, joined the buying team and they set about introducing Irish designers such as Philip Treacy, Louise Kennedy, Paul Costelloe and Orla Kiely, while local designers and milliner Carol Kennelly were also featured. Today the store also stocks Aoife's own vintage label, 'Broken Down Doll'.

Saturday's celebration is from 12.30pm - 3.30pm and in addition to the in-store style showcase of the spring-summer collections and Broken Down Doll vintage collection there will be cocktails, cakes and a few surprises in between.

Kerryman

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