Her designs moved from hats to handbags when her father pointed out at her first stall at London Fashion Week that everyone there was carrying a bag, but no one was wearing a hat. This led to the production of bags featuring her signature patterns on laminated fabric, a design innovation of the time when this kind of material was used only for tablecloths. The Orla Kiely Partnership was established in 1997 by her and her husband Dermot Rowan, under which they released the brand’s first exclusive collection. Since the brand’s inception they have expanded into new markets and now release ready to wear clothing, home, travel & stationery collections each year to both the fashion world & the public’s eager anticipation.
Each Orla Kiely homeware collection is an exploration of the brand’s signature prints and retro 60s & 70s inspired design. With the brand’s key concept of nature inspired base colours such as muddy browns, leafy greens and overcast greys combined with bursts of bright orange, rich yellow and pale blue, each item is a testament to timeless style. At Amara you will find a host of sought-after Orla Kiely soft furnishings, kitchenware, stationery and gardening equipment that will brighten any room and delight anyone with a penchant for colour.
Returning to the UK in the early 1990s to study for an MA in knitwear at the Royal College of Art, Orla Kiely developed her knowledge of fabric design and discovered her flair for hat making. Her exit collection of hats launched her career in the fashion world with a bang as her designs were picked up by Harrods, greatly increasing the visibility of the now iconic patterns and landing her with jobs working for both Marks & Spencer and Habitat.
Orla Kiely bed linen is available in sets or as individual duvet covers and pillowcase pairs. All made from luxurious 100% combed cotton, bed linen designs vary from bold signature patterns & subtler smaller prints, to more realistic floral interpretations in an array of bright colours. Complementing cushions are available in similarly bright hues, perfect for brightening up a bed or a sofa. Try layering cushions with Orla Kiely throws, all made from decadently soft lambswool and featuring the brand’s iconic prints such as Giant or Linear Stem & Abacus Flower.
Since 1995, UK designer Orla Kiely has brought eye-catching patterns, bold color and distinctive texture to play in her collections for women's apparel, shoes, accessories, stationery, and housewares. Her keen eye for detail and motif create charming–and instantly recognizable–prints.