5 Minutes With: Raglan

Raglan is a very trendy addition to Dublins Drury Street stocking urban clothing and great coffee. They sell both mens and womenswear and when you’re done browsing the cool collection, you can grab a coffee and a piece of cake and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.  We caught up with co-founder Amy Hamilton to hear more about this eclectic store.

1. How did the concept of coffee meets clothes come about?

My business partner Ross and I have travelled a lot and we were living in Sydney at the same time a few years ago. He’s really into food and coffee and was working in some nice cafes over there looking for ideas to bring home, so when he got back he reopened his cafe Food Game in Beggars Bush. What we learnt over in Australia and New Zealand is there’s such a coffee culture and that lifestyle of getting up and going for coffee with your friends and really enjoying that experience. So, I spent some time working with him in Food Game and loved it, but my background is Fashion Design and wanted to make both of those work together. We wanted to make a place where people can hang out in a cool space as well as shop for really nice things and just make a different shopping experience for people.

2. How would you describe your typical customer?

It’s a total mix of ages, from students to people in their late 60’s. We get both men and women but they all seem to be quite confident people who enjoy a laid back lifestyle. They’re quite creative people, and tend to work for themselves so they would be in here having a coffee, working away and browsing the clothes that they would wear day to day. It really is a great mix of personalities.

3. How would you describe the clothes you stock and why did you go down that route?

I suppose that urban/boho idea would be right. It’s definitely for your city person who likes spending a bit of time outside the city, getting outdoors and enjoying the weather when it’s good. Myself and Ross would be those type of people so a lot of the brands would reflect that. They’re also great quality clothes so you know you’re going to have a piece in your wardrobe for a couple of years which is good if you love something.

4. What’s your favourite piece in the shop right now?

Well there’s two things, I bought these two jackets recently {3rd photo}. The Element Europe floral jacket that’s reversible, it’s just a simple bomber shape with black on the other side and it’s just like an outfit in itself. The other wine coloured jacket is by a Swedish brand called WeSC – it’s one of my favourite brands we have.

5. What did you want to achieve by having mens, womens and coffee in the one shop together?

I think it’s really important that there are options for when couples come in to shop. It’s really nice if both people can shop together, especially as they tend to have the same sort of style. We didn’t want a guy standing outside the shop whilst their girlfriend is inside browsing. So now he can browse himself or at least sit down, have a coffee and read the paper.

6. What do people come into the store for more, coffee or clothes?

It’s a total mix. It really depends on the day and the people too. One day we could have more men in, another more women in drinking coffee, it’s what keeps it interesting.

7. What’s the game plan for Raglan going forward?

Well we’ve only been open for 6 months but we’re settled into the space and it’s working really well. I’ve learnt so much already and now the seasons changing it’s a new way to learn from the customers, the space and what people are actually looking for for the warmer months. We’re really exciting about that next chapter!

Raglan is open 10-6 Monday-Saturday and 12-5 on Sundays. Find out more at raglan.ie.

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