Purchased at a charity auction, Kate wore her Orla Kiely dress while visiting a school at Oxford in England in February 2012.
She’s a girl after our own heart and if she loves a dress she wants to wears it again and again. And who can blame her for wanting to rock this cute number!
As the Orla Kiely range has it’s roots in the “stem” motif, it seems a natural progression that it should grow and also include a fabulous range of stylish and practical handbags.
In an age where we love fashion and interiors, it seems instinctive that the two should meet.
I had the pleasure of having an up close viewing of Orla Kiely (pronouced Ky-Lee) homewares recently, as well as their stylish range of bags under the moniker of “etc by orla kiely”.
The lovely Justine from Anasazi trading talked me through this classic range, which impressed me with its utilitarian luxury vibe.
They have built a world class brand since 1997.
The signature “stem” motive follows through almost every piece of their range.
Think furniture, lighting, bed linens and cushions, rugs and throws.
Ceramics and towels round out this full collection with a funky retro feel.
I particularly loved a plush rug, it had a sensational under foot feel, and a retrotastic arm chair with matching foot stool. Modern with a “Mad Men” edge.
Fabulous vases in an array of sizes to hold your favourite blooms, and a set of stylish storage tins that fit into one another are super for storage.
These would make lovely gifts.
With Mothers Day on the horizon, this label is a great choice for Mum’s of all ages.
Pop her favourite chocolates into the tins and include flowers with that wonderful vase. Perfect!
And now this snappy brand has extended itself to accessories.
From the quilted nylon range, consisting of the shopper, backpack tote and classic shoulder bag.
With three earthy hues, green, indigo or red, you’ll find it hard to decide on which one to have.
On to the fold over tote, mini box bag and midi sling bag, all in the “Tulip Stem” motif in an array of terrific tones.
There is something for everyone in this collection.
Then there is the super overnighter. Unisex in navy or kelp, this is a must for the regular weekend traveller.
Her ‘charity’ bag supports children with cancer in the UK as well as the Royal College of Art, funding bursaries for textile students.
Orla’s bags help to fund nurses who coordinate children’s care at home so they can live as normal a life as possible
One of her smaller bags would also be excellent to pack in check-in luggage and whip out at your destination. The quintessential day bag.
After all, when you are sight seeing or shopping, who needs any extra weight to carry around. Some bags weigh a tonne before you even load them up with the bare necessities.
Believe me, I have learned the hard way, and am always on the look out for bags just like these!
Solid stitching, excellent hardware and zips ensure your bag will last for many trips either locally or abroad, and the wax coating means that they are so easy to keep clean.