Image Magazine Boutique Awards 2018

The Boutique Awards judging panel. From left to right: Emer Melody, Marie Kelly, Emma Kelly, Annmarie O’Connor and Niamh O’Donoghue. Photo: Doreen Kilfeather at No. 31, Leeson Close.


There’s something quite edifying about boutique shopping, especially when you find ‘the one’. The relaxed atmosphere, personal attention and made-for-you edit all combine to create retail magic – the ineffable alchemy that makes a loyal customer out of a casual browser. That’s why I’m so jazzed to be part of the judging panel for the Image Boutique Awards 2018. A long supporter of independent Irish retail (check out my weekly Boutique Buzz in the Irish Examiner Weekend magazine), it’s been a privilege to recommend retailers that shine on the Irish shopping circuit.

Our shortlist is a just the start; you, my lovelies, get to choose the winners. From best boutique owner to best online-only offering; best merchandising experience to most exciting edit, there are 16 categories in which to nominate the person or place that makes your closet a happier place.

Want in? Click on the button below and cast your vote before the July 15th deadline.