The story of NINE CROWS began in mid 2010 when founders Emma Fraser and Dean Ryan McDaid met on Facebook! They both sold vintage at markets, and met up for a drink to discuss their stalls. After a few drinks, they decided to open a shop together.
After months of scouring the city for the perfect space, we opened our doors for the first time in December 2010. Back then, we traded as “9 Crow Street”, and we loved our first ever shop so dearly. The public adored the store and the response was amazing, despite us not having a fitting room or even a till at the time!
In mid 2012 the lease on our first store ran up, which lead us to selling solely online for two years. We loved harnessing our creative energy into an online presence, however we really missed having our own store! So, for the second time, 9 Crow Street opened its doors again! This time, we were located along the quays on the North Side of the city.
It was just after this move that the Nine Crows team began to expand. In June 2014 we hired our first ever member of staff, Kaitlyn. Today Kaitlyn is still a member of the Nine Crows team and is actually the manager of the company as a whole, and handles all the creative elements of the brand. This was shortly followed by the arrival of Roger in 2015, who today is the head of buying and menswear!
In mid 2012 the lease on our first store ran up, which lead us to selling solely online for two years. We loved harnessing our creative energy into an online presence, however we really missed having our own store! So, for the second time, 9 Crow Street opened its doors again! This time, we were located along the quays on the North Side of the city - pictured below.
We had two amazing years in our store on the quays and that time will always be dear to our hearts. During that time, we worked with and met so many amazing people! We had an absolute blast running the store, while doing some of our favourite shoots to date and running the online store too. This is also when we officially changed our name from “9 Crow Street” to Nine Crows!
Nine Crows continued to grow from here and as 2016 began, we knew the team would need a bigger store and work space. This is when we moved our store to its current home in Temple Bar, pictured here!
We couldn’t be happier to be back trading in our true home. We also moved our office to a space above the shop, and shared the space with the team from NotAnother Agency which was also founded by Emma and Dean in 2016.
In 2016 the demand for vintage in Ireland continued to grow, and we knew we would have to grow with it! So in mid 2016, we opened Nine Crows Galway! (Pictured left) Our gorgeous store was located in the heart of Galway, and we had an absolute blast trading there for two years.
By the summer of 2017 we knew that if we wanted to keep growing we would need a bigger space to do so. So in August of that year, we received the keys to our very first warehouse! This was a huge deal for us as it allowed us the space to grow the company commercially and creatively. Today it is still the base for the Nine Crows brand.
Later that year, we decided to launch our own menswear brand; White Noise, which has gone from strength to strength since it’s birth. You can now shop our brother brand White Noise online on Asos Marketplace, in store at Nine Crows, and also in selected Topman stores!
This brings us up to 2018, sadly we said goodbye to our Galway home in September of that year! But as they say, one door closes and another one opens! One month after closing the Galway store, we launched in Topshop! This was the opportunity of a life-time and an absolute dream come true for us. Since the first Topshop launch in the Stephens Green store, we have begun trading in Topshop stores in Jervis, Oxford Street and also Cork!
As 2019 began, we hosted a series of warehouse clearance sales which were a huge success! The unbelievable response to these events is what got us scheming for what is our favourite venture to date; THE NINE CROWS THRIFT SHOP! We opened the Thrift Shop in our warehouse with hopes of making sustainable shopping more accessible than ever and we think it has done just that. Everything at the thrift shop is priced between €2 and €15, there are MAJOR bargains all over!
In mid 2019, one of our founders Dean, left Nine Crows to pursue his creative career in London. We were devastated to see him go, but we are so proud to see him doing so well in the UK.
Now as 2019 draws to a close, we have so much planned for 2020 and many years to come. From the bottoms of our hearts we cannot thank all of our customers, staff, family and friends enough for their support since we started this venture.