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 macbees.ie!
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 macbees.ie.
So what are you waiting for click here for fabulous!
Illustration credit: Christian Lacroix