Hazel’s Nuts About Vintage Interview

We caught up with Hazel’s Nuts About Vintage ahead of The NUA Fashion Show, where the brilliantly quirky vintage shop will be showing pieces from their boutique.


When did you open your boutique?

I started trading at markets just emptying out my wardrobe in the summer of 2014, I tired out the markets first to see if liked it and if I was any good at it!  I officially started trading in Nov 2014 with vintage stock, trading at Galway Flea Style Market, the Ha’penny Flea, Smithfield Generator Flea and others and I sold online.

When and how did you make the decision to do so?
I always dreamed of opening a boutique and got the chance in May 2016 when part of my grandmother’s house became vacant and I thought its now or never just go for it.  I opened Saturdays only at the beginning, but now Im open 5 days a week.  Around the time I set up originally we found long lost relations in the States via facebook and they posted a photo of my great grandmother standing outside the same building, her grocery store, we didn’t even know she had a store so I took that as a sign it was meant to be!


How would you describe the range you sell?

My range is modern vintage, retro – some 60s, 70s but mainly trend driven 80s, 90s.  Its everyday wear for college, work, lounging around, nights out, a lot of festival gear during the summer.  We also have an extension range of costume jewellery.  Now that I have a permanent base though I can source special pieces for customers, so though we don’t do occasion wear I do sell some.

Do you have a particular client base?
My client base is basically people looking for something different and ranges in age from early teens to retired, women and men, mostly local but also tourists and people down to Killarney for the weekend.  Instagram has been a lifeline in getting the word out!  I would say the majority of my customers are 15 to 35, so many students are being drawn to vintage in Killarney with exposure to vintage shops in their college towns and on the J1s.  They are particularly talking about sustainable fashion and affordability.


How would you describe your own personal style?

I’ve no idea how to describe my own style, it changes constantly but always referencing bygone eras, Im obsessed with 90s at the moment and they say if you wore it the first time round you shouldn’t wear it again, but I say you’ll wear it better the second time round.  The more colour the better.

Hazel’s Nuts About Vintage will be showing a range of their pieces at The NUA Fashion Show on Saturday 16th.


Liberty & Jasmine Interview

Located in the heart of Skibbereen, Liberty & Jasmine is a charming boutique that offers a wide variety of vintage styles and also offers accessories from Irish designers such as Alice Halliday and Deb Fanning. We caught up with Valerie to chat about the boutique ahead of The NUA Fashion Show.
When did you open your boutique?
I opened my boutique on the 29th June 2016
When and how did you make the decision to do so?
It was both an easy and a difficult decision to make. I felt very ground down by my job in the Health Service and having tolerated the conditions for the last 5 years with the hope that things would improve, they didn’t . So, while on honeymoon in West Cork in 2015, I had a sort of epiphany, I realised I always wanted to do something else with my life . (Having taken a sabbatical from my job to train as an aromatherapist in 2003, I returned to the laboratory in 2005 but my heart always told me differently.)
I have always had an eye for style and realised in my 20s that vintage clothing suited me very well. I grew up in a house surrounded by antiques so I’ve always had an appreciation as well as a fascination for all things old and beautiful. Suddenly, it all became clear, I wanted to own my own boutique selling vintage clothes and accessories and my husband and I had lost our hearts to West Cork quite a while before that.
My husband and I decided to sell our house in the city and buy a house in West Cork and I resigned from my permanent, pensionable job in the hospital and Liberty and Jasmine was born!
How would you describe the range you sell?
I would describe it as an eclectic mix of carefully handpicked and curated quality vintage items , for discerning ladies looking for something unique to create an individual look.
Do you have a particular client base?
I like to have as broad an appeal as possible and not exclude anyone , my customers include young women in their 20s (some younger) and upwards , I have a regular customer in her 70s.
Instagram brings a worldwide audience and I have had sales in Australia, U.K. And Europe which is very exciting
How would you describe your own personal style?
I would say I enjoy mixing vintage with contemporary pieces to create my own unique look, I would also have quite a classic style, it depends how I feel on any particular day!
Liberty & Jasmine will be showing a range of their pieces at The NUA Fashion Show on Saturday 16th.

Vanilla Boutique


Located in the heart of Fermoy town, Vanilla Boutique is a stunning clothes and accessories store than boasts not only beautiful pieces but gorgeous decor. All of this mixed with the incredibly bubbly and friendly staff and inviting atmosphere make Vanilla Boutique stand out as one of the top choices for women in Ireland.

We had a little chat with Kate Browne, co-owner of Vanilla Boutique …

When and why did you decide to open Vanilla Boutique?

We opened our boutique in 2007 as we wanted to go out on our own and make something happen, we sold in people’s houses, then out the back of a van, then to shops and finally opened our own, it was a very organic growth progression.
How would you describe the stock in your store?

We hand pick what we love and always have our customers in mind. I would describe our stock as colour-full, interesting but also flattering.

How would you describe your customers?

We don’t have a particular client base, we like to think know the average woman can leave feeling fabulous.

Tell us about your own style …
My personal style would be quirky and girly, joy is more glamorous mixed with arty!


Vanilla Boutique will be featured in the upcoming NUA Fashion and Awards show taking place on Saturday 16th in Cork City. You can get your tickets here

Candy Warhol’s ‘Mockie Ah’


Candy Warhol’s,’Mockie Ah’ is a brand new alternative bonkers cabaret show! Launching Thursday September 14th right after our ‘My Folklore’ launch! With a huge lineup of new and established performers, the show aims to offer all performers a stage and platform to perform and try something new, with lots of audience participation!

Hosted by Candy Warhol

With Special Guests :

TITO (Seattle,US)

Sara Ryan (NUA Award Nominee)

Liam Bee (Pride Vogue Ball Winner)

Mia Gold (Portugal)

Die Baroness (Germany)

Miss Emerald Elle

Miss Kip

Venue : The Village Hall

Doors : 8PM

Entry : 10euro + BYOB

Fashions Finalists Announced!


A huge congratulations to all our fashion finalists! We have a diverse range of boutiques, independent designers and milliners showcasing their collections at The NUA Fashion and Awards Show on September 16th! Well done to all the designers!

Tickets are on sale now! To get your tickets click here

My Folklore – An Exhibit


NUA Festival artists across Ireland to submit work under the theme of ‘My Folkore. Our finalists will showcase their pieces at a four day exhibit at The Village Hall Cork.

‘My Folklore’ launches September 14th at 6PM. Curated by Amy Ring, the exhibit will feature eight artists,one of which will win NUA Artist at The NUA Awards on September 17th.

The exhibit launch will be followed by Candy Warhol’s,’Mockie Ah’, a new cabaret show at 8PM.

With drinks courtesy of Absolut Vodka.

NUA Model Casting Call

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NUA Festival is holding an open casting call in Cork City this Saturday 26th!

Models will be cast for The NUA Fashion and Awards show on September 16th, showcasing collections from across the country.

An overall model will win NUA Model.

Location : Republic Of Work, 12 South Mall, Floor 1.

Time : 10am – 2pm

Entry : Donation Recommended

Requirements : Ages 16+ and all types welcome!


Submissions Open!

NUA Festival was created to celebrate,showcase and award new and innovative creative talent across Ireland. We are excited to announce that we have begun taking submissions for Fine Art,Fashion,Music,Makeup and Performance. All details are on the Submissions page! Get Involved!