A famous tourist destination for over 65 years, Standún in Spiddal, County Galway is a store steeped in tradition known for its huge selection of Aran sweaters and well known Irish fashion labels.
The Standún family have owned and managed this department store for three generations and built a reputation for the range of quality Irish goods including hand knits, delicate pottery, traditional tweeds and stunning hand-cut crystal.
Standún was the first business to export the Aran sweater to the US, supplying large department stores such as Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor. At one stage there were over 700 women around the country knitting pieces of Aran sweaters that were then assembled in the store. Today, Standún still provides a selection of great value Aran sweaters.
As well as the range of Irish products available, visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee and some home baking overlooking stunning views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.
TODAY: Standún is now managed by Máirtín and May’s grand-daughters Clíona and Laragh and it very much reflects all that is best in Irish and International produce marrying the traditional and contemporary to stunning effect. Standún is also highly commended by the top European and US tour guides.
In 2018 the sisters opened another shop on the Main Street in Oughterard village. Standún being, synonmous with Connemara and the Aran Sweater is thriving in Oughterard Village which is often described as the Gateway to Connemara.
The sister’s work closely together to serve both local customers and tourists. Their Grandparents are always in their thoughts and close to them in spirit as they continue to support their local community and keep the tradition of Aran Knitting alive!