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Shop Talk: April and the Bear

I don’t quite remember when I first became aware of April and the Bear. In a way, I feel like that’s what happens will all of the best of my life’s obsessions – an awareness of this Irish interiors shop seeped into my subconscious without my even realising it.

The physical shop is now based in Rathmines, having moved from a shop that started as a pop-up in Temple Bar. You know something is great when it pops up and never goes back down again, but that’s what happened with April and the Bear.

Owner Siobhan Lam has the best eye: I have rarely seen any pieces of furniture in April and the Bear that I have not wanted to own for myself.

Right now, I’m lusting after their velvet bubble stools. I’m considering buying their ‘Born, Bred, Buttered’ prints by artist Jess Tobin for more than one of my friends’ Christmas presents. They stock the best, quirkiest candleholders.

Christmas is obviously the time of year when most of us do the bulk of our shopping. Last year, I did almost all of my Christmas shopping online. It was quick and convenient and I was, honestly, not in the mental space to spend the time and energy hunting for the perfect, most unique gifts.

This year, however, I’m determined to do a bit “better” (by my own standards, obviously). I want to try to do the majority of my shopping in independent boutiques and bookshops, and April and the Bear will be one of the first places I look.

April and the Bear is one of my $15 patrons, for which they receive a dedicated post on my site. All opinions are my own.

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