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Love affair with high street giant was complex

Bairbre Power


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Dress sense: Our relationship with the fashion offered by Debenhams down the years was complicated and included many labels such as this MW by Matthew Williamson jacket

Dress sense: Our relationship with the fashion offered by Debenhams down the years was complicated and included many labels such as this MW by Matthew Williamson jacket

Dress sense: Our relationship with the fashion offered by Debenhams down the years was complicated and included many labels such as this MW by Matthew Williamson jacket

The Irish love affair with Debenhams was, like a lot of modern romances, complicated.

We don't as a nation always 'get' and automatically buy into British high street stars that move here.

It can be a long courtship but Debenhams steadily invaded our affections from 1996 when it opened over four floors in the Jervis Street shopping centre.