2nd offering from new vintage store
OMG. Did we really, truly wear those neon-coloured, OTT, embellished-with-sequined-flamingos jumpers in the 80s? No, we didn't. We couldn't have. Yet, I have a vague memory of my mother cutting a knit dress to make into an oversize jacket for me . . .
Oh. My. God.
Such was my reaction when I stepped through the doors of 2nd Space, a new vintage store on Dublin's Stephen Street Upper, in The Central Dairy, the listed premises where Lennon Courtney started their business.
Created for the young and impoverished yet sartorially yearning, by Om Diva's Ruth Ni Loinsigh, 2nd Space is packed full of English vintage, mainly from the 80s, but with good dollops of the 60s, 70s and 90s in the mix.
"Young people don't have any money. They can barely afford to eat," Ruth says. "People forget what it's like to start out in life; to not have disposable income. So I thought, 'That is our 2nd Space customer; it has to be affordable and young and exciting'."
2nd Space is a concept store with a New York-cool vibe. There are three rooms to the store, one a continuation of the other, each with their own flavour. The stock consists of 90s faux-fur coats, 80s party dresses, 60s golfing trousers and tons of those ghastly-yet-compulsive 80s sweaters.
An important part of Ruth's plan for 2nd Space is that there will be original creations by young designers in college, be they first, second or third years.
"I have been thinking for years about working with fashion students who are still in college, trying to think of ways to help them be a little more prepared for the marketplace," Ruth explains. "Young designers need to learn how to create a collection cheaply and efficiently, and see how people respond to it. So I wrote to all the fashion colleges, and in two weeks we will have our first delivery of young student designers!"
To further support students, Ruth has designated the middle room of the store as a lounge area, with tea and coffee on tap, and hundreds of vintage Vogue magazines, from 1990 through to 2000, available, to peruse and find inspiration.
"The plan is that students can read, network and so on," Ruth says. "We hope to create a database for design students, models, photographers, so that they can contact each other. There will be industry talks, probably once a month, by designers, fashion lecturers, buyers, stylists and editors."
2nd Space is a girl-power kind of set-up - for the girls, by the girls. It's energetic and hopeful, but also can-do, and will get done because that is Ruth's MO.
"It has taken Om Diva six years to be what it is. I feel 2nd Space will take time to evolve and become its own thing," Ruth says. "But right now it's exciting, and, I hope, will do great things."
Photography by Jonathan Mitchell
Styling by Morganna Murphy
Fashion edited by Constance Harris
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