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Designer Orla expands

IRISH designer Orla Kiely plans further overseas expansion in the US and Asia and more retail outlets within the next year.

Revenue at the London-based company jumped by 11pc within the year to £7.89m (€8.97m).

Print handbags and accessories contributed to overall pre-tax profits of £423,277 (€481,519.67) which was a 9.6pc from the previous year.

A graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin-born Ms Kiely runs the business with husband Dermott Rowan.

Ms Kiely and Mr Rowan say they "are satisfied with the improvement, despite the hard economic conditions during this period" and staff numbers increased from 49 to 57.