Brown Thomas may only consist of four department stores (in Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Limerick), but that does not make them any less impressive than other department store chains that are made up of dozens of stores. Made to appeal to high-income consumers, this upmarket chain is controlled by the Weston family – the same family who controls Canada’s Holt Renfrew chain and the Selfridges stores in Britain.
The Irish chain sells brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Ralph Lauren, and Paul Smith. The stores are made for anyone and everyone to shop at as they carry both clothes that are premade, and also offer an haute couture business for their more affluent consumers. The flagship store has both a restaurant and a café on one floor, and also houses a sushi bar off to one side to give their customers a place to rest from all of their shopping.
As most big-names stores did, Brown Thomas came from humble beginnings. Hugh Brown started the company in 1848 as a single store, but with the help of James Thomas expansion began quickly, and they had soon taken over several other spaces in the same block, increasing their store’s size and offering more wares. Now, along with their BT2 chain, which is geared towards a slightly younger audience with slightly different tastes, they have amassed quite a fortune.
Along with awesome gift sets and the usual fantastic products offered by Clinique, Brown Thomas is a participating store in Clinique Bonus Times. Throughout the year, they bring the same great deals and free gifts with purchase that we’ve all come to know and love from Clinique.