The Irish Times Magazine, Saturday August 4, 2012
The Italian Wardrobe in Sligo, one of the town’s more interesting fashion destinations, is owned by Chiara Poli from Verona, who is married to an Irishman.
Poli opened her shop four years ago and buys exclusively for it in Italy, her primary aim being to offer smart, everyday work wear rather than special occasion attire.
“It is casual Italian chic, simple shapes, but in high-quality materials”, she says. Though customers are predominantly local, others come from Dublin, Galway, Northern Ireland and even Gran Canaria and London. In October, she will more to bigger premises and include bags, shoes and lingerie for the first time, everything in tune with the clothes. Italian women put more emphasis on quality accessories such as bags and shoes than the Irish, she thinks, but adds that the Irish dress “creatively”. Her colours for winter include Bordeaux, dark greens, pale blues and “very Italian” camel and taupes, along with red “because the Irish love red in winter”. A good place to find well-cut (and winterproof) down feather gilets and coats, for instance, in grey or taupe, some fur-trimmed.
The Italian Wardrobe, 5 Market Street, Sligo, tel. 071 914 1783