The Cat’s Meow (Miau), Francis Street, Dublin

The Cat’s Meow at 74 Francis Street, Dublin


The Cat's Miau

When I think about Francis Street in Dublin, I think about all things antique, you know paintings, fine art, furniture, collectables … and I’d be right in thinking it as it’s also known as the Antique Quarter. Well, keeping with this vintage vibe and new to Francis Street, number 74 to be precise, popped up the ever delightful Cat’s Miau! The best way I can describe The Cat’s Miau is that it’s a One Stop Vintage Collective Shop … mmm that’s a bit of a mouthful but it’s true.

So let me begin to describe The Cat’s Miau. Run by two amazingly talented women, Maureen Smith, a professional Film Hairdresser and Stylist and Maite Lopez, a professional MakeUp Artist. The Cat’s Miau consists of Locks and Lashes and presently, Vertigo Vintage, Make and Mend and Fly on the Wall … brilliant names and you could probably decipher what they all represent but I’m going to make it very easy for you, so read on …

Locks and Lashes – click here for their Facebook page.

Locks and Lashes

Locks and Lashes is Maureen Smith and Maite Lopez. Locks and Lashes provide vintage cuts, looks and styles from Victorian age to the 1980s. They can transform you into a 1920’s suave gentleman or that 1950’s starlet you’ve always fancied yourself as … for a day at least. They offer a range of services including Makeovers, Workshops, Hen Party Packages, Wedding Packages, Corporate Events and of course Photo Shoots!

Vertigo Vintage – click here for their Facebook page.

Vertigo Vintage

Vertigo Vintage is Maeve Brady, Vintage Stylist and Maeve’s saying is ‘Dare to be Different’ … personally I love that dare! Vertigo Vintage is a collection of vintage clothing, accessories and footwear. Maeve lovingly sources the most unique, pre-loved vintage attire around and when I popped into the shop the other day she was busily merchandising some fabulous coats and bags.

Make and Mend

Mend and Make

Make and Mend is run by Rachel and this is where you will find much loved Vintage Household items … it’s where you will find those unique pieces for your home that will bring a little bit magic to your room.

Fly on the Wall – click here for their Facebook page.

Fly on the Wall

Fly on the Wall is run by Nick and is a where the music comes in. Fly on the Wall sells vinyl records, record players and as he says himself anything else that interests him but it doesn’t stop there …. Fly on the wall is also a custom picture framing service that specialise in music memorabilia. So if you’ve been keeping those records, albums or that favourite poster up in attic and not displayed were it should rightly be seen … there’s your answer.

So what do I think of The Cat’s Miau?

I love it! I love the fact that you have the option of being vintage styled from head to toe while listening to some amazing tunes surrounded by all things vintage. I love that you can be educated on what relates to what vintage era … my meaning? Well you can say you love vintage but do you know what style is 1900’s or 1920’s or 50’s? What’s even more charming is that there are pop up shop spaces available to rent on a weekly or monthly basis which means that you never really know what treasures you may find week to week.

Best Wishes The Cat’s Miau, I think you’re a purr-fect addition to Francis Street and have lightened up the styling streets of Dublin!

The Cat's Miau

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  1. hi i am a big fan of the vintage age especially the 1950s do you do any courses in vintage hair and make up please
    kind regards

  2. Unfortunately Evelyn The Cat’s Meow is no more but was replaced by the Francis Street Collective – I haven’t seen an update in a while from them and haven’t been down the street in a while so I will have to pay a visit and then update this post or remove it – Thanks for reading 🙂