On The Edge: Public Beware
In addition to all the great vintage shops in Dublin’s Temple Bar district, there are a few new design gems hidden away. I recently stumbled upon Public Beware on Essex Street and was intrigued by their edgy, minimalist look. Originally a British brand, Public Beware set up an Irish branch last year, and boasts two floors of contemporary urban design.
The store itself is very cool, like a New York loft apartment or something. The clothes were mostly limited to a monochrome and neutral palette - just how I like it - and the collection featured sleek dresses and tops as well as very cosy-looking pieces in wool and flannel.
I also particularly enjoyed the changing rooms at Public Beware. I know that’s an odd thing to rate, but I really appreciate it when stores get it right. They’re roomy, and well-lit by a design statement bulb directly above you. None of that concept store lighting or cramming into a little corner booth, just good, honest space for you to take your time and consider your choices.
I tried on a couple of tops, but finally settled on this interesting take on the basic white tee, with a partially-attached loose ‘corset’ piece which ties at the back. These photos don’t really show it well, but I like it because it’s flattering and simple up top, but has a floatier, more conceptual lower half. Perfect for someone like me who teeters on the line between minimalism and edginess.
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