Macbees Christmas Wish List

Photo credit: the brilliant Tim Walker

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a piece of festive MoMuse jewellery. . . . 

Christmas is swiftly approaching, so we are making our list and we’re checking it twice. First on our list is the cool and contemporary collection of gold-filled jewellery by MoMuse. From timeless pearl necklaces to splashes of bright beads and statement gold earrings, there’s plenty to choose from for that someone special.

Second on our wish list are some cosy knits with added pazazz: sparkly knits from Danish brand Baum und Pferdgarten; embellished designs from Italian knitwear collective Aiim; and bejewelled cashmere from family-run French label Ateliers de la Maille.


 Number three is the to-die-for Italian coat brand Heresis, made from Mongolian cashmere and Australian merino wool. The pastel hues and fur trims add glamour no matter what the weather.




Number four on our list are the striking scarves of Debbie Millington, new in store this season her dramatic patterns and statement prints made from luxurious Italian silks are the perfect Christmas gift. Her exotic, eccentric, bold and daring designs are inspired by her travels and each is a collectable piece of wearable art, timeless and distinct, to be worn year after year, season after season.


 Number five is our tantalising choice of stocking fillers – from embellished velvet slip-ons and sequin handbags to feather-trimmed scarves and gold-tipped hats. 



All in all, an array of exquisite gifts anyone would be delighted to find on Christmas morn

Still not sure what to buy that someone special? You can’t go wrong with a Macbees gift voucher.

So if you feel maybe someone might need a few hints of what to buy this Christmas simply leave this page open on your computer and all your Christmas wishes could come true . . .


Alas it’s time to leave all thoughts of summer behind (although ‘what summer,’ you may ask!) and hurtle ourselves headlong into the autumn/winter 17 season. But fear not, we have a dazzling array of exciting new brands to bring a smile to your face as the evenings get shorter.


We are delighted to introduce Dutch label Maison Scotch, the grown-up sister brand of Scotch & Soda. Its design team seeks inspiration from treasures uncovered on worldly wanders, which are then poured into collections and signature looks that mix eras and classics, meshing unexpected fabrics and patterns. We especially love the brocades in subtle blush tones teamed with metallic knits.


Our second new find this season is the Scandinavian simplicity of Danish brand Samsøe Samsøe, which draws on Denmark’s renowned design tradition to create minimalist, affordable and accessible fashion with a clear Nordic look. Premium fabrics, functional and playful details, tailored finishes and iconic silhouettes imbue the label’s collections with a subtle, personal and sophisticated approach to dressing. We are loving the chunky knits, luxurious devoré and easy tailoring.





 Who cares that the summer has ended – it’s time to get excited about layering up for autumn! Check out our website for new stock arriving daily.

Turning Heads with Carol Kennelly – Ladies Day Sorted

Back in August 2010, having just been named best-dressed lady at the Galway racesLadies Day and on the cusp of starting her now thriving millinery business, Carol Kennelly was invited by Celia Holman Lee to take part in the prestigious Rose of Tralee Fashion Show. Celia kindly pointed Carol in our direction and let’s just say, the rest is history.



Over the last seven years, Carol’s designs have put the finishing touches to many a mother-of-the-bride and ladies day outfit at Macbees, and we have styled countless fashions shows together. The Rose of Tralee Fashion Show this August will be the eighth time we combine Carol’s creations with stunning outfits from Macbees – it is always a spectacular way to start the A/W season and includes the best of our premium occasion-wear.


We created our deco inspired set with beautiful pieces from Hal-Lou Furnishings Killarney.


At Macbees we champion strong, confident women with a real sense of individuality – so it’s obvious why we invited Carol to model for us this season. We are all about transcending trends and recognising genuine style, and we love the fact that so many of our pieces can be worn again year after year and still retain their appeal; the same can be said for Carol’s.



We were delighted that Carol agreed to get in front of the camera to showcase this season’s show-stopping looks for us, combining crimson structured pieces with the couture styling of Fely Campo, a feather-topped cocktail hat with a kimono from Cacharel and donning a bejewelled crown with our Notes du Nord gown.



Style Tips for Ladies Day at the Races

To Your Starting Gates Ladies!

Let’s be honest here – when it comes to Ladies Day at the races few eyes are on the racecourse, competition in the terraces is fierce and with thousands of euros worth of prizes at stake how do you stand out from the troop? The perfect outfit takes planning, preening and a whole lot of praying but fear not we’re here to help. With more than 30 years experience under our belts and with the help of award winning milliner and seasoned best dressed lady winner Carol Kennelly we’re going to give you a count down of the top tips for having a brilliant best dressed lady day at the races.

My Fair Lady

image courtesy of Warner



It’s great to embrace a current trend if it works for you but you should always let your body shape and colouring dictate your choice. Classic is always a good choice for the races, remember it’s race wear not evening wear. Classic doesn’t have to mean boring, here we’ve teamed the simplicity of Fely Campo’s structured vintage inspired dress with the drama of Carol Kennelly’s sculpted scarlet headpiece.



I know we just said to go classic but that’s not for everyone, there’s also no harm in mixing things up a bit if that’s your style. Trousers and separates are a great way to do this. Here we’ve gone for an oriental feel teaming this beautiful Chacarel silk kimono with Three Floor cigarette trousers topped off with a show-stopping colour block hat from Carol Kennelly’s collection.




The spectacularly talented Carol Kennelly won her first best dressed lady competition at Listowel Races in 2007 and won the big one Galway Races Ladies Day in 2008 while four months pregnant! Carol Kennelly’s tip for your top is ‘Make sure your hat is eye catching, (for all the right reasons) Walk around the house in it for an hour or so, just to make sure it doesn’t pinch and that there is no problems with it staying in place’ Here is just a taste of what the talented Ms. Kennelly’s creates check them all out at

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Carol 1

images courtesy of Carol Kennelly Millinery



What with this crazy climate of ours you always have to be prepared for the worst on Ladies Day so make sure you have a coat and umbrella that compliment your outfit. Try to resist reaching for a plastic poncho! 


photo: Daily Mail



On ladies day judges are looking at the whole package so grooming is key to carrying off your outfit with confidence. Make sure nails, hair and makeup are immaculate to achieve the utmost elegance. Read more racing tips from the perfectly polished Laura MacSweeny at


image courtesy of Laura MacSweeny



Carol’s tip’s for the day of the races.

Arrive early to ensure you don’t get lost in the crowd.

Enjoy the day in the company of good friends, it’s all about having fun.

Smile – confidence is the best accessory you can have on ladies day

Carol hat

Carol race winner

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images courtesy of Carol Kennelly Millinery

The Modern Mother of the Bride


Image Courtesy of Vogue

The scene is set: the glamping booked, the tea lights are twinkling in the trees and the bails of hay are ready to be strategically placed upon which to enjoy a glass of bubbles, the last thing the mother of the bride wants to be is traditional!

We at Macbees know that today’s mother of the bride is just as style-savvy – if not more so – than any guests flying in from fashionable afar. With more than 30 years of mother of the bride styling under our belts we will ensure you find the perfect mother of the bride outfit so we’d like to share a few things we’ve learned along the way. . .

1.Set the scene.

You want to be in keeping with the surroundings so whether you are mother of the bride or groom make sure to treat the bride to be to a cocktail or a cuppa over which she can give you pointers on colour schemes, styles and degrees of formality. Always best to compliment the bridesmaids tones.

2. Flatter your figure.

Don’t be afraid to go for a fitted silhouette, we always stock a wide range of figure flattering pieces and have a great selection with a jacket, coat or  sleeve to keep upper arms covered up if needs be. This built in cape from Caroline Kilkenny is the perfect hassle free cover up. We also offer an alteration service in case any tweaks are needed.

Caroline Kilkenny mother of the bride Macbees Killarney

3. Dare to be Different

Your mother of the bride outfit doesn’t just have to be for the wedding day, choose a piece you really love and you’ll be able to wear it over & over again in the future. This season we introduced the quirky couture styling of Spanish brand Fely Campo (link), perfect for the day but will look just as perfectly placed at the races or at a New Years cocktail party


4. Comfort is Key

You are going to be in this outfit for more than 14 hours so make sure you are comfortable. Keep heels to a realistic height and if worried about standing around in uncomfortable shoes for the day why not have a chic pair of flats on hand just in case.

5. It’s Nice to be Neutral

If the bride is struggling to pin point the perfect bridesmaid dress? It doesn’t mean you have to leave your mother of the bride shopping until the last minute. Go for the timeless elegance of a neutral palette and then it doesn’t matter what she chooses. We are loving these gold tones from Aideen Bodkin.

Aideen Bodkin Gold Allegro Dress

Aideen Bodkin Gold Vista Dress Mesto Jacket

Aideen Bodkin Gold Vista Dress

6. Play the Long Game

Comfort equals confidence so make sure you’ve selected something that fits & flatters, with our style savvy sales staff on hand to help this won’t be a problem. Your hat or headpiece is essential for the photos but swap it for some statement chandelier earrings later in the evening.


Macbees Killarney has always been synonymous with something for that special occasion and now with labels like Caroline Kilkenny, Aideen Bodkin, Fely Campo, Gabriela Sanchez, Luis Civit, Carla Ruiz and so many more we ensure that the eternal search for ‘something different’ for the mother of the bride  is satisfied.

Fashion Vs. Farmers – Kerry Fashion Week

We at Macbees don’t normally follow the herd, but this season we’re making an exception to promote the eighth Kerry Fashion Week and the magnificent Irish Fashion Industry Awards on Friday March 4th. These prestigious awards celebrate everyone working in the Irish fashion industry – from emerging talents to well-known names. What better way to mark this event than by using the quintessentially Kerry background of the Castleisland Co-Op Mart to showcase the latest trends, combining two of Kerry’s passions – fashion and farming (we’ll save football for next year!).


Kerry Fashion Week and the Irish Fashion Industry Awards is sponsored by Image magazine and has become the most prestigious fashion event in Ireland promoting emerging fashion talents. Showcasing in the past names such as Umit Kutluk, Natalie B Coleman, Emma Manley, Helen Steele, Una Burke, Don O’Neill, Laura Jayne Halton, Delphine Grandjouan, Colin Horgan, Niamh O’Neill, Sinead Doyle and many more.


To celebrate this years Kerry Fashion week we’re styling space-age metallics, rainbow brights and clashing prints in the glamorous surrounds of the Mart. We had so much fun with Mags Kelliher on the shoot and she almost ended up getting involved in the bidding.

Above is the slick couture styling of Spanish brand Fely Campo, perfect for a high octane other of the bride. Worn here with a 60s inspired statement piece from the amazingly talented Carol Kennelley. Below Mags is wearing a polished cotton shirt dress from Parisian fashion House Weill, she definitely got plenty of attention in this little number!


This bright pop of orange is from Three Floor by Malaysia-born, London based designer Han Chong (also the brains behind Self Portrait) expect lots of supersize lace and laser cut outs.


Excitement is gathering for the event and we can’t wait to see the show.

Good luck to all involved!

Virtually New Street –

For more than 30 years Macbees boutique Killarney has been at the forefront of fashion in the Kingdom of Kerry. Now we’ve decided to take it global and are delighted to announce the launch of!

Back in 1984, Mary McBride was entrusted with the keys to a retail space in Killarney, Co Kerry on the promise that she would open a pharmacy, but luckily for the ladies of Kerry she had something entirely different in mind. Rather than healing their bodies, it was Mary’s plan to stylishly nourish their souls by opening the doors of Macbees. The shoulder pads have come and gone – and come and gone again -while Macbees has remained synonymous with style.


Photo credit : Vogue Turkey, photographer: Cuneyt Akeroglu

It’s safe to say that in the early Eighties boutiques were few and far between in the wilds of Kerry and your ‘rig-out’ was generally acquired at your local draper’s shop. Indeed, Mary grew up in such a shop in Killorglin learning the sewing skills which later proved useful when she felt the need to run up a wrap dress or some killer flares that would turn heads even at Studio 54, while studying Pharmacy in UCD in the Seventies.

After returning to Killorglin to take over her mother’s clothes shop, Mary felt the need to expand to Killarney to showcase her latest finds from London, Paris and Milan. She flung open the doors, the rails packed with brands including Jaques Vert, Lee Cooper and Blacky Dress, and slowly brought in the power-dressing look that was sweeping NYC. It was an exciting time to kick off a new fashion scene in Kerry.


Photo credit : Philip Tracey Neverland Hat 

Photographed by David Hughes for Ponystep 

Over the years, Macbees has introduced the ladies of Kerry to designers such as John Rocha, Philip Tracey and Christian Lacroix. While the heady heights of the Celtic Tiger saw high-fashion names including Kenzo, Missoni and Max Mara, post boom came bust and unfortunately even the most fabulous purse strings had to be tightened. But Macbees never failed to deliver flawless fashion.

We have now refined our selection to offer expertly curated labels, sitting new and innovative brands alongside classic collections. Every season at Macbees we get excited about celebrating our existing designer brands and showcasing the brilliant new finds we’re still picking up from the fashion capitals and beyond.

Current highlights include Nicole Miller, Tara Jarmon, Laurèl, Essentiel Antwerp and Basler. See our Brands page for many more!

We also love to champion established Irish designers as well as uncovering new talent. We currently stock Aideen Bodkin, Lennon Courtney, Fee G, Heidi Higgins and Susannagh Grogan, as well as Vivian Walsh and MoMuse Jewellery.

If you’re lucky enough to visit our store you’ll also find our ‘wedding boutique’ within a boutique and excellent and expert customer service from the Macbees team. Macbees is built on a history of delivering the highest standard of customer service and we want to offer our online shoppers the same sartorial guidance as you’d find in store, so keep up-to-date by tuning into our blog or even better sign up to our Newsletter for plenty of exciting new arrivals, on-trend treasures and the latest offers.

But if you can’t make it, fear not fashion seekers – that’s why Macbees has decided to take it global with the launch of

So what are you waiting for click here for fabulous!


Illustration credit: Christian Lacroix

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