The Brown Thomas Story

Since 1849 when haberdashers and drapers Hugh Brown and James Thomas opened a retail store together, we have been known for luxury, beauty and quality.

Within a decade, Brown Thomas had established itself as a landmark store on Grafton Street, with customers returning for a shopping experience that was stylish, sophisticated and brimming with flair.

In 1919, the legendary retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge bought the store but in 1933, it returned to Irish ownership when it was bought by John McGuire and his sons. Witnessing two world wars and civil unrest, the store remained steadfast through good times and bad – a reliable icon of grace and good taste.

In 1971, over a century after Brown Thomas first opened its doors, Galen and Hilary Weston bought the iconic premises on Grafton Street and started the transformation that means today Brown Thomas stands amongst the best in the world.