The successful Irish designer Orla Kiely – who built an entire brand from one signature stem print – has announced that she will be closing her retail stores in Kildare and London as well as her online business.
The designer was noted for her handbags and household merchandise, and had stores in Kildare Village and London. Her designs had hit the headlines a number of times, such as when a dress she designed that was worn by Kate Middleton sold out minutes after the Duchess of Cambridge was seen wearing it.
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.