I am ‘Brocade & Lime’… A new and all-exclusive ‘vintage inspired’ themed clothing boutique and retro beauty parlour that graces the Coal Quay of Cork City Centre, Ireland. I am located in a Victorian townhouse near the River Lee, minutes away from Patrick Street, and round the corner from the city’s fashionable Paul Street lane district. I aim to bring something new and unique to the ‘boutique’ table and blend together all the favourite past times of women the world over… take ‘shopping’ to a new enjoyment level if you will. I stock modern designers that have brazenly pillaged the past for inspiration – Collections have been designated decades from the past from the ‘art decadent’ 20′s to the ‘psychedelic’ 70s!!! I source worldwide from Costa-Rica to Moscow!! A small but selective range of iconic vintage pieces are also stocked… Lest we forget the original!! Furthermore I can enhance all the dresses with faux-vintage corsets, petticoats and hosiery, complimenting them each with a matching hat and lip-stick.
The hidden courtyard holds a retro beauty parlour where your hair and makeup can be styled to completely authenticate your outfit. I take commissions and love challenges so if you should wish a stylish and utterly unique ensemble for that special occasion… I will gladly source it – in your favourite colour with matching gloves!!!
I am proud to say I have overseen the complete refurbishment of a near–derelict 1850’s Townhouse and restored it back to its former glory. My cash desk is an art deco theatre kiosk, imported from France. The chandeliers could be from the Hollywood glamour era of the 50s. The wallpaper is distinctly, unquestionably 60s. The hand-painted Moroccan tiles in the hidden courtyard are reminiscent of the 70s. I have remained true to the Victorian roots of the building with decorative coving, ornate ceiling roses, parquet flooring and high skirting. This collage of decades, I hope, justly compliments my stock.
Before and after images of our refurbished shop: