Heartbreaking news as Irish designer Orla Kiely closes online and Kildare Village store

19th Sep 18 | News

The company behind Orla Kiely has closed it's standalone retail stores and the online business.

Orla Kiely’s renowned globally as the Queen of Prints – and it’s a well-deserved title. The Irish-born mother-of-two, who began by designing hats and handbags in the early Nineties, has seen her retro motifs – most famously stems and pears – adorn everything from housewares to wallpaper and clothes.

A short statement on her website offered no immediate reason for the closure of the business.

It said:

"Kiely Rowan plc, the retail and wholesale fashion business of Orla Kiely, has ceased trading as of Monday 17 September 2018. This means our retail stores in London and Kildare and our online business has closed.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Orla Kiely’s Home and Design licensing business will not be impacted, and its selection of accessories and homewares will continue to be sold through its distribution partners.

Thank you for embracing our brand and designs throughout the years and for your ongoing support"