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ORLA KIELY

The Charm of the Irish
Even if you don't recognise the name Orla Kiely, chances are you know her designs. Notice the increasing number of colourful, retro-print bags slung over the shoulders of every 25 to 50-year-old with a passion for quirky fashion? And, once you're aware of them, you won't want to escape the enticing world of design she's creating.

Her signature is quirky, chic, funky, feminine style and the world is sitting up to take notice. She has designed for the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Gallery, produced a capsule collection for Target and had her own collection immortalized in film by Gia Coppola.

Her inspiration comes from the 60s and 70s. "I'm inspired by anything from that time," she says, "but, as a designer, I also think it's very important to take something and then reinterpret it. So we always make our designs clean and modern and all about colour. We're about taking something from the past and moving it forward." The future will be bright and fresh if Orla has anything to do with it!


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