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Kate Gleeson, owner of online boutique PIc: Fergal Phillips

Diffusion was a stalwart of suburban fashion, a name known to many a well-heeled woman, and one whose store closure continues to surprise.

‘People would stop me in cafés,” says Kate Gleeson, “take my hand, and tell me how very sorry they were for my loss.” Gleeson is not reflecting on a bereavement, it bears noting, but the 2012 closure of her Diffusion boutique on Dublin’s Clontarf Road.

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