Saturday 24 August 2019

New range of scarves celebrate landmarks and Irish traditions

Artist Emily MacDonald with Dairine Kennedy from KDK with one of their scarfs featuring the College Green print. Photo: Mark Condren
Artist Emily MacDonald with Dairine Kennedy from KDK with one of their scarfs featuring the College Green print. Photo: Mark Condren
Scarf of Bord Gais Theatre
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You don't need to sacrifice your style this St Patrick's Day to celebrate your Irish roots.

Enterprising sisters, Keira and Dairine Kennedy from the KDK 'luxury for everyday life' fashion brand have launched their new range of SS15 scarves which celebrate Dublin top landmarks and favourite pastimes. Everything from an ice-cream cone in Dún Laoghaire to a swim at the Forty Foot.

The sisters have collaborated with Dublin-based artist, Emily MacDonald (née Scott) to create bespoke prints on their cashmere scarves and are based on photos that Emily took of iconic Dame Street and the Grand Canal Theatre.

"We wanted these designs to be a cool Irish remix - taking fashion risks, being proud to be Irish, without a leprechaun in sight," said Dairine.

"The emphasis of our SS15 collection is the nostalgia of Irish summers with some of the colour and vibes of Las Vegas where Emily grew up," explained Dairine, who is married to Leinster rugby giant Leo Cullen and is mother to four-month-old Con. Her designing sister Keira gave birth to her second child, William, last Thursday.

Dairine said: "KDK has always celebrated Irishness through their connection with nature and our fifth collection sees a move towards celebrating Irish history and new beginnings which will really appeal to the Irish tourist market in a modern contemporary way. We love the idea that Irish architecture can be celebrated in style and art."

Coming from the sun drenched desert city of Las Vegas, Emily appreciates the effect elusive sunshine can have on a city and its inhabitants. She's developed a habit of roaming Dublin with my camera to document the city on sunny days. I needed to capture the way the Bord Gáis Theatre glistens as the sun refracts off of it's architectural facets and on to The Marker Hotel.

"I love the way the sun breaks through the trees on College Green and sets the stage for an endless parade of pedestrians with the gorgeous Bank of Ireland as a backdrop. In Dún Laoghaire, people enjoy the iconic 99 ice-cream cones as they stroll the pier.

"The historic Forty Foot teems with swimmers and sun bathers. The city really comes alive when the sun comes out to play."

Prices start at €215 and the scarves are stocked at Brown Thomas, leading boutiques and online on

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