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Feb 26

Bursting with History – The V&A Shop

Situated just off the main Victoria and Albert Museum is one of London’s hidden gems – the V&A Shop.  This elaborate shop is home to over 2,000 products, all carefully chosen to magnify the rich culture that the museum has to offer.  The museums long reputation for exhibiting decorative artwork from around the globe is echoed in the products on offer in the V&A Shop.

The V&A Shop

The range of products on offer would have any shopper in a tizz!  The V&A Shop caters to people in search of products that reflect the artistic influences of the museum itself such as one-off vintage pieces, exclusive commissions and products that are already part of design history.

The V&A Shop is aimed at a wide target market, including pockets big and small! And customers will not only walk away with an individual buy, but they can feel safe in the knowledge that every penny they spent will go back into the Victoria and Albert Museum. So don’t be afraid to splash out on a David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor print or a pair of handmade peacock slippers, as you will be helping the Victoria and Albert museum to maintain its position as the worlds leading museum of art and design.

When you’re finished buying up all the highly sought after jewellery, including our very own collections, why not enjoy a coffee in their beautiful cafe! Soak in the historic Victorian architecture while fixing on your very own artysmarty brooch that you’ve just bought!

The V&A Cafe

One of the exclusive commissions from Arty Smarty


For more information contact: +44 (0)20 7942 2696

V&A Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL

or visit their website:        V&A

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Feb 14

Discover Rua, the cutest little lifestyle store this side of the Liffey!

Looking for individual products in a friendly atmosphere? Well search no more and get yourself down to Rua on Capel Street. This cute little “lifestyle store” prides itself on creating a relaxed atmosphere where one can browse unique products that range from handmade home ware to beautiful delicate jewellery.

Owners Cara and James believe their years of retail experience have given them a priceless knowledge of what their customers really want. Their passion for “lifestyle” retail is evident throughout their quirky store. This friendly couple have managed to create a beautiful space that offers customers the chance to purchase something that will not be found on the high street!

Rua is also the only Irish and European store in collaboration with esteemed New York based designer Thomas Paul. His artistic collection of household and fashion items are a great addition to the Capel street store.

Thomas Paul for Rua

Not keen on keeping their eye for individual designs a secret, Rua also holds “Chalk Paint”  workshops, which shows you how to take a drab lifeless piece of furniture and transform it into an individual art work!

Rua is the only stockist in Dublin City Centre of Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. No need for sanding or priming, just open and you’re ready to go!


Some of the results from the Chalk Paint Workshops

Workshop Wonders!

Rua really has a lot to offer to customers on the hunt for something different to the unoriginal blur of products on the high street! Its collection of jewellery is one to be admired! They only choose the highest quality handmade pieces for their store.

Some quality pieces available at Rua (*wink *wink)

For more info on Rua you can visit

51 Capel Street, Dublin 1

or Call: (01) 874 8051

Opening hours: Mon – Sat 10.30 – 18.00

But if Sundays are the only day you can make it down, give them a call and they’d be more than happy to open up for you! – Now that’s service!