Friday 21 July 2017

Vintage Dreams

This boho fashion exchange is a real Aladdin’s cave of delights

Maria Fusco

I love finding bargains and I'm always checking out markets and vintage shops. Last week, I reckon I struck gold when I happened upon Green With Envy, the new boho-style fashion exchange over Boots pharmacy in Rathmines, Dublin.

A friend going to the pilates class next door tipped me off and, like a child in a sweet shop, I couldn't decide what I wanted to investigate first -- the rails of fab, colourful clothes or the beautiful jewellery with prices starting at a very affordable €10.

The next room beckoned with its great display of paintings by the owner, interior designer Margaret Williams -- a very glamorous lady who has combined her love of art and clothes by including a gallery in her boutique.

I was impressed because there was no clutter, and it didn't feel like a bazaar; everything was beautifully displayed. On the day I visited, we sipped peppermint tea and browsed as Maria Callas played in the background. But I almost dropped my cup when I spotted a red cigarette-holder encrusted with pearls -- a definite must-have for me!

Margaret has a great eye and will only take in "beautiful things" for the fashion-exchange side of her business. I was bowled over by the aqua and gold, full-length brocade coat (left) at €320. And I was also very taken by the very sexy black cocktail dress from the exclusive Sportsmax label, now down to €120.

Green with Envy is a real Aladdin's cave of delights. Enjoy!


Green With Envy, 302 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6

Contact Margaret on (087) 959 7046

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