Established in 1849 by haberdashers and drapers, Hugh Brown and James Thomas, Brown Thomas was from the outset, a name that is synonymous with luxury, integrity and beauty.
By the mid 1850’s Brown Thomas had established itself as a landmark store on Dublin’s main through fair Grafton Street, with customers returning for a retail experience that was stylish, sophisticated and brimming with flair.
In 1919 Brown Thomas changed hands: Harry Gordon Selfridge, the legendary American bought the Store and brought Brown Thomas into the 20th Century. In 1933, the Store reverted to Irish hands when it was bought by John McGuire and his sons. Surviving two world wars and a civil unrest that tore through the country, 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 set about transforming it into a store to rival the best in the world.
In 1991, Brown Thomas added further iconic stores at Cork, Limerick and Galway through the acquisition of the Switzer Group.
In 1997 the Group embarked on a major redevelopment of Cashs Department Store, Cork, adding an additional 20,000 square feet of retail space and bringing many designer labels to Cork for the first time.
In March 1998, the Group opened Ireland’s first branded sportswear store for Women and Men - BT2 - in Grafton Street, stocking major sportswear labels.
In August 2003 Mr. Weston acquired Selfridges, the major U.K. Retailer, which has Stores in London, Manchester and Birmingham.
Today the Brown Thomas ethos finds expression through its many departments, each individually designed with the very best retail experience in mind. We have four iconic department stores in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway and three BT2 branded fashion stores in Grafton Street, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre and Dundrum Town Centre as well as our fabulous MAC@BT2 stand alone store in Henry Street.
As part of the Selfridges Group, Brown Thomas joins Selfridges in the UK, Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy in Canada and de Bijenkoff in Holland. Together they represent a worldwide dedication to retail excellence.
The Brown Thomas Store located at 88 Grafton Street was unveiled on February 14th 1995, the most exciting addition to Grafton Street in the 20th century.