In love with yesteryear
Shopping for vintage clothing can be so hit and miss, especially when it comes to sizing and fabric, but in the hands of experts like Breda Casey, the search is simplified, writes our fashion editor
Cork city is home to a seriously exciting vintage clothing store where the driving force is an expert in her fashion field. Breda Casey started Miss Daisy Blue and turned a passion into a profession.
Tucked away on Market Parade, a pedestrian laneway off Patrick Street which leads directly into the famous English Market, it's the kind of vintage emporium that takes your breath away with two floors of gems from yesteryear and seriously wow evening wear in a giant glass-fronted display case.
The Miss Daisy Blue store has become something of a pilgrimage spot among Levi's aficionados chasing down 501s. Hawk-eyed Breda has a particular grá for knitwear, especially quality cashmeres with that subtle point of difference which she stocks in every colour under the sun. Men, too, are catered for in the store, and while the outerwear is very strong, my personal favourites are the gorgeous long silk scarves you buy for the boys and then borrow yourself.
Breda goes on shopping trips about three times a year with about 80pc of her stock coming from America and the rest is European. The statement wool and tapestry jacket (pictured left) came from the States but it has a "real Dolce & Gabbana feel to it," says Breda. "It's kind of outrageous but it's very cool," she adds.
Seriously collectible gems from our shoot include the oversized big brown bag (pictured top, far right) and Breda tells me she saw a similar one in the Gucci museum. Retro basketry is so back in vogue and the classical leather-topped Italian woven basket (on p20) is a real sweetie - the perfect accessory for a genuine 1940s Spanish ruffle top, worn with high-waisted trousers.
Breda tells me they are currently building a Miss Daisy Blue website so watch out for that coming online at the end of next month. Size-wise, you will find the pieces ranging from the super petite size 4 right up to a size 20, especially in Breda's coat section. And speaking of coats, Miss Daisy Blue has just taken delivery of a sophisticated selection of 1970s belted leather Macs. Very stylish, not spy-ish.