Wendy Crawford has had an insanely busy year. She opened her shop Scout, a new and most welcome addition to the Dublin’s independent retail scene, in March just a scant few weeks after she got married. Incidentally and veering totally off topic there are some lovely images of Wendy’s wedding on photographer Doreen Kilfeather’s blog. They are gorgeous pictures but I did sigh while admiring them as I realized the vast depths of photographic knowledge I have yet to plumb.
As I said, Wendy has had a hectic time of late: the Monday after she got married (the wedding was on a Thursday) she was back working, tying up loose ends so that she could wind down Bow the shop she ran since 2009, on a co-op basis, with two other talented creatives – Eilis Boyle and Margaret O’Rourke. Margaret is still at the premises that once was Bow where she now sells mostly jewellery: Eilis has taken her career in another direction, however even though she is no longer designing the ethereally pretty clothes she once did she still has a toe in the fashion water and a selection of her cashmere scarves are sold at Scout.
Once the unfolding of Bow was complete Wendy moved on to tackle the transformation of the premises she leased for Scout on Essex Street West in Dublin’s Temple Bar. She chose to christen her new venture Scout as she likes, and is very good at, scouting out new and interesting labels and vintage treasures. And she likes the association with scouting which conjures up images of functionality, Wendy sums this up by saying she likes things to be useful but also beautiful.
Scout is a pleasingly calm and aesthetically agreeable space with large plate-glass windows fronting two elevations. Wendy opted to paint the interior an inky shade of blue which transforms the plain brick walls and gives the shop a cool vibe, added to by the delicious Scandinavian floral wall paper Wendy sourced for the changing room. She has hammered to perfection the art of displaying stock and it is all done beautifully in her inimitable style.
Wendy graduated from the NCAD (National College of Art and Design), where she studied embroidered textiles, in 2004 and has worked in fashion including styling since then: that shows in her careful selection of eclectic and stylish merchandise. Scout stocks: clothes, interior goodies, and vintage treasure. Among the clothes labels are YMC, Fog Linen, Petria Lenehan, and beautiful Bretons from Armor Lux. Accessories include bags from Baggu and The Stowe, brogues by Grenson, and the aforementioned cashmere scarves by Eilis Boyle. On the interior front you will find linen cushions from 31 Chapel Lane, scented candles by Cork based La Bougie, and woven blankets from Tina Ratzer and Donegal company McNutt.
Note: Scout is at 5 Smock Alley, Essex Street West, Dublin the web address is http://www.scoutdublin.com