Described by The Guardian as “the Queen of Prints”, Orla Kiely is now synonymous with bold multi-coloured designs. Her ‘stem’ prints in particular are instantly recognisable and highly covetable.
Kiely began her career designing hats, before moving on to handbags, homeware and clothing. Talking to the New York Times in 2009 she said credits her father for noticing that, “everyone was carrying a handbag, but no one was wearing a hat” during her first London Fashion Week. In the late 1990s, she had the idea to laminate cloth for handbags, “At the time, no one was doing anything like it. Laminated fabric, in those days, meant tablecloths”. She made her idea a reality and the rest, as they say, is history.
She designed for other brands such as Esprit and Habitat before launching her label in London in 1997. Her brand has gone from strength to strength and is known worldwide.
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