What’s great about being the Creative Director of the Beauty Spot is that I have the pleasure of researching new and established businesses to take part in our great beauty and fashion event. One such business is the Rose Vintage Company established by vintage enthusiasts Caroline Seabrook and Aoife Doyle.
I met up with Caroline for coffee and cake in Brown Thomas recently to hear all about their journey through markets, buying and globe trotting in search of the perfect pieces. The interest in style and fashion began with the two friends who have built careers in the jewellery business but wanted to go it alone to bring about their personal transition from accessory customers to business partners. The name Rose Vintage came from the rose itself which Carolines eloquently puts as “the enternal symbol of beauty and style. Vintage is the opposite of mass production and brings an urge of individuality to pieces”, says Caroline. Bespoke is the word of the industry and the ladies travel far and wide to satisfy this theory. Their favourite place to visit is Paris (of course!) where arrondisement such as La Maret, have quietly been the must have destination of any vintage lover.
The ladies have been on the Irish Market scene for the last year, holding pop ups at the very famous Cork Street market in Dublin and attending vintage specific events such as the very popular Vintage Fair in Dun Laoghaire held annually. I personally think that the vintage industry in Ireland is starting to get a little saturated, but Rose Vintage are tapping into a sub section of this, with the focus on accessories only. Plus the added bonus is that the prices are affordable. A 1920s original bracelet can start at €20 and one off pieces such as a tan ostrich skin bag at €80. These are the key pieces I think you can add to a contemporary outfit to add a little hint of an era gone by.
In their first year, Rose Vintage has been a phenomenal success with customers approaching them for specific pieces which Caroline and Aoife are more than happy to find. Their goal now is expansion and bring their brand foreward into the limelight. And honestly, despite the market being tough, these girls have the entrepreneurial force and passion to make it work.
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