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'Queen of handbags' gets OBE

Published 07/07/2011 | 05:00

DUBLINER Orla Kiely, right, the uncrowned queen of handbags, has been awarded an OBE for her services to the world of fashion.

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Kiely, who moved from hats to bags at the advice of her father, turned a simple leaf design into a worldwide sensation.

Now, 14 years after starting the company, co-owned with husband Dermott Rowan, it is worth £44m (€49.1m).

The quietly spoken mother of two from Shankill, Co Dublin, received her OBE at the Irish Embassy in London yesterday.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be recognised in this way; it's very unexpected," she said.

Irish Independent

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