Friday 20 September 2019

Orla Kiely closes shop and wholesale wings

Designer to the stars: Orla Kiely built up a global brand, dressing the likes of Kate Middleton and Alexa Chung
Designer to the stars: Orla Kiely built up a global brand, dressing the likes of Kate Middleton and Alexa Chung
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The company behind Orla Kiely has shut down its stand alone retail stores and wholesale businesses.

In a move that surprised the retail world, the designer who had dressed everyone from Kate Middleton to Alexa Chung, announced on her company website yesterday that there was a "cessation in trading as and from September 17".

Kiely (55) had one shop in Kildare Village and two in London - in Covent Garden and on King's Road.

The shop in Kildare Village - with a staff of six - was shuttered last night.

The Dublin-born designer built a global lifestyle brand starting with one signature stem print.

In a statement on her website yesterday, her company announced the closure of their retail and online business,

The statement reported that Kiely Rowan plc, the "retail and wholesale fashion business of Orla Kiely", had stopped trading.

"Orla Kiely Home and Design licensing business will not be impacted," it added.

Creditors contacting the website last night were advised to contact David Ruben & Partners - a company which specialises in business turnaround and rescue.

As late as Monday, Ms Kiely was at a meet and greet event during a book signing for her coffee table book, 'A Life in Pattern' at the Fashion & Design Museum in London, where there is a retrospective of her work going back more than two decades. It was the fastest selling ticketed event at the museum.

Ms Kiely who comes from Shankill and her husband Dermott Rowan, from Monkstown, built the company into a global brand with her designs on everything from cars to kitchen, fashion to bedlinen and kitchenware.

Irish Independent

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