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RTE Guide Article

We were lucky to feature in the RTE Guide Green Issue. We talked about how we got into vintage clothing and what our passions are for vintage clothes.  Second life fashion We were both children of the 80s when there was no Penneys or H&M in Ireland. The idea of mass produced cheap clothes wasn’t really an option for us. We wore hand-me-downs from sisters or cousins, our mothers made us clothes and we were happy with them. Clothes had a longer lifespan and went down through the generations. They weren’t made to be thrown out after a few wears. The idea wouldn’t even be entertained! You ripped your tights they were darned, your elbows wore away you put a...

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And I couldn't help but wonder...

As the first images of the Sex and the City reboot are being released I find myself thinking about the original series (we won't talk about the movies) and how influenced I was by them. Still quoting S&TC today, although definitely not in the same circumstances, "I'm sorry, I can't, don't hate me" is a firm favourite. New York city went to the top of my must visit, sitting on the stoop of a brown stone while eating cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, sipping cosmopolitans at a bar, trying to hail a taxi with just a hand raised in the air, all achieved while dressed in all my finery. Because yes, the biggest influence of S&TC was the fashion, the style,...

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Mixing your vintage into your wardrobe

  I’m happy that I have kept my clothes from my 20s as I can now re wear them again as they come back into fashion. I have this amazing wrangler jumpsuit that I purchased in Swamp in Limerick in the early 2000’s. It's a double denim dream and by some miracle still fits me. It was an expensive purchase for a poor student but I couldn’t part with it. I wear it now and get compliments all the time. That’s what I love doing. I buy fashion that I love, it doesn’t have to be in fashion, I just love it and can see myself wearing it for as long as it fits me. That’s how I feel about Vintage. I...

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Why we went Online

When we decided to set up Madgra we had a few pieces of stock each and we decided to collaborate together. We decided to go to a Flea Market and see how it went. Madgra was born. For a year we traveled around the country and enjoyed the banter we would have with fellow marketers and the customers who would call over to us. We had planned to keep our little shop going this way and put a few pieces on Instagram, Etsy and Depop. Then our world changed last March and the last market we booked into was gone. I don’t need to remind you what has happened over the last year. We started talking about going on-line. We...

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