Orla Kiely and Kilkenny Shop are two icons in the Irish design and retail world, and the pair have a long history of collaboration.
Orla Kiely, one of Ireland’s most loved designers was in fact first stocked in Kilkenny Shop 20 years ago.
To mark the momentous occasion Orla is exhibiting her iconic designs in an exclusive showcase titled Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern at the London Fashion and Textile Museum from May 25th – September 23rd.
To honour the Irish designer and their long-standing relationship, Kilkenny Shop will also be hosting a series of events in their Nassau Street flagship store and across the country in the coming weeks.
To accompany the exhibit the store will host the book launch and signing event of Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern which lavishly illustrates Orla Kiely’s design evolution.
To celebrate the 20 year relationship Kilkenny will be unveiling a tribute to the designer with a full window takeover of their flagship Nassau St store.
This window will showcase the new luggage which has only just arrived in store along with a giant oversized handbag flown in especially.
For the months of May and June, Kilkenny will be selling all things Orla in each of their 15 stores nationwide with some online specials also.
Orla Kiely will be in Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street on June 2nd from 12 until 4.30pm for an intimate public Q&A with her fans where she will speak about the last 20 years of her career and how the brand has become the household name that people know and love today.
Kilkenny Shop is also running a treasure hunt competition on their Facebook and Instagram pages to win an Orla Kiely suitcase €270!
Speaking about the relationship between the two household names, CEO of Kilkenny, Marian O’Gorman enthused “To me, Orla Kiely symbolises one of the first big names that Kilkenny Shop took on when we were in our infancy and led to an ongoing growth over the past two decades.
We were among the first in Ireland to see what an incredible emerging talent she was and it is this that has led to our reputation for being proud advocates of Irish design.”
Echoing these sentiments, Orla Kiely said, “I am thrilled to be celebrating both 20 years of Orla Kiely in store at Kilkenny, and my forthcoming exhibition and accompanying book – A Life In Pattern.”
“It feels very fitting to be sharing such an important moment in time with our first Irish store who have been champions of the Orla Kiely brand.”
Orla Kiely’s new book, A Life in Pattern is available in store and via www.kilkennyshop.com now.