A Store Visit with STABLE of Ireland

Photo of A Store Visit with STABLE of Ireland

This week we popped into the STABLE store in Dublin’s Westbury Mall to speak to co-founder of the brand Sonia Reynolds.

Despite Dublin’s changeable weather the light floods in through the three-panelled window at the front of the STABLE store in Dublin’s Westbury Mall. It’s warm inside and the dulcet tones of Billie Holiday drift through the air. Garden hydrangeas rest in a glass jug, a chair by Irish designer Simon O’Driscoll is covered with tweed fabric by McNutt of Donegal and “Irish Pub Wall” by famed Irish artist Patrick Scott is reworked on linen and exhibited as part of the brand’s art series. 

Sonia the russet-haired, former fashion model is a good poster girl for the brand. You can see that her look might appear traditionally “Irish” but she is also the epitome of contemporary style in much the same way that STABLE, co-founded by Francie Duff, is a modern Irish brand with it’s roots firmly planted in heritage fabric production. 


Photo of A Store Visit with STABLE of Ireland

Specialising in Irish linens and tweeds from mills throughout Ireland, STABLE’s range of products includes scarves in both linen and tweed, blankets in a variety of sizes, napkins and table runners as well as the newest additions — Irish linen towels and unisex robes which have proven popular with both private clients and spa businesses in the United States as well as at home.  

A 1950s cabinet, salvaged from Cullen’s Childrenswear in Co. Wexford, holds handwoven scarves and throws which double-up as travel blankets. The robes, based on a 1930s kimono once worn by Francie’s father, come in a fine check basket weave as well as a more textured “huck” weave. Linen scarves come in a variety of sizes from “ultra skinny” to “double large” depending on individual taste, while woven wool scarves and blankets echo the colours of the Irish landscape.

Photo of A Store Visit with STABLE of Ireland

At just a year old this October, STABLE seems already to have cemented itself in the minds of fans as an established brand. Sonia and Francie work with Emblem Weavers, Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen, John England Irish Linen and Eddie Doherty in Co. Donegal in creating their designs and have other exciting projects for outerwear and limited collections in the pipeline including a range with Molloy & Sons, fifth generation weavers in Co. Donegal. 

During out visit, people pop in to enquire about new products and simply to say hello. A woman comes in with stories of how her father worked in advertising in the 1950s and enquires about a framed vintage tourism poster on the wall.

Photo of A Store Visit with STABLE of Ireland

“We had a French couple say last week that they wanted to move here. Not to Ireland — but to this actual shop,” says Sonia Reynolds with a smile. 

We can see why — there’s a relaxed warmth about the STABLE store that makes it more like a chic living room than a retail space. STABLE is a modern classic brand steeped in heritage yet with the confidence of a new era of design in Ireland. 

Photos by: Matthew Thompson. For information about STABLE of Ireland see here

Photo of A Store Visit with STABLE of Ireland

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