AIBU to think Orla Kiely is over?

(60 Posts)
whataboutbob Sat 17-Nov-12 14:31:49

You can't move for bold graphic prints, and retro apples and pears. I used to covet her stuff but now it's everywhere- in Sainsbury's, Uniqlo, Paperchase, Tescos and soon no doubt Specsavers and Boots. Half the high street seems to be wearing an Orla Kiely Uniqlo autumn collection scarf. Is she cheapening the brand? Is she the new Boden? And will she lose her appeal as a result? I think she has for me.

MrsRogerSterling Sat 17-Nov-12 14:50:35

I agree with you. My mum adores Orla though and has numerous bags, purses, bed linen, mugs and kitchenwares. I keep teasing her about getting the Orla car (I think it was a Citroen she designed and it has an Orla print roof and interior)

I have sold the oilcloth bags I had on ebay, I have kept a red leather one but for me, like Boden it is just too recognisable now.

polyhymnia Sat 17-Nov-12 15:18:32

I'm certainly bored with her stuff - has become a bit theme-parky, like Cath Kidston IMO. Over-extended.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Sat 17-Nov-12 15:22:31

saw some of her wallpaper print as background on an ebay thing today & thought..that's one of those strong graphic prints which I'm too lazy to buy into because I am unwilling to redecorate my house every time I get bored ...it's magnolia all the way for me. (I worship at the shrine of Beeny)

FlibberdeGibbet Sat 17-Nov-12 15:24:36

I agree, and also that Cath Kitson is soooo noughties!

Soon to go the way of cupcakes and retro bunting.

ggirl Sat 17-Nov-12 15:27:08

I don't like the Orla style and agree it's all over the place.

BRANdishingMistletoe Sat 17-Nov-12 15:27:47

I was bored with her stuff at least three years ago, I only found it moderately appealing even at the start.

I think she's probably doing the best thing that she can for her. It's pretty clear that she can't move her style forward so she's making as much money as she can from it now before it loses its market.

Glossynotflossy Sat 17-Nov-12 16:53:27

I had a bag she designed for the Designers at Debenhams range. Wish I had kept it as it was so far removed from the pattern stuff as you could think.

I have a couple of her notebooks. Maybe OP its where you are based as in my areas its still relitivly unique in that you don't spot it that often on people and its usually bags that you see rather than scarves etc.

buttercrumble Sat 17-Nov-12 16:57:47

Well i love her stuff......

Meggles76 Sat 17-Nov-12 22:11:17

I used to love her stuff but less so these days. I just sold my last bag on ebay.
This season I'm not keen on the prints she's done. I also feel that the bags are not as good quality as they used to be. Some unlined. Some lined in cheap plain fabric. The prices have not gone down though.
I do think that all these collaborations have contributed to overkill of the brand. However, having just sold a £10 uniqulo scarf on ebay for almost £30, clearly others disagree!

fridgepants Sat 17-Nov-12 22:26:53

There are frequent sample sales of her stuff in London, so when I see people with her bags on the tube I assume they've been to one too. I went to one years ago and ended up selling the dust bags for about £17 on eBay...

I've never heard of her.

CanYouHearMe Sat 17-Nov-12 22:30:46

I love it, but sadly can't afford it. Would love a bag.

Tenderisthenight Sat 17-Nov-12 22:30:54

Totally over. It is everywhere! My mum bought us a set of mugs and I do use them but the amount of people who've said 'oh, you've got these too'...

CanYouHearMe Sat 17-Nov-12 22:31:36

Fridgepants, do you know when the next sale of samples is on?

fridgepants Sun 18-Nov-12 00:29:47

No idea, I'm afraid - I see the ads in the Metro/Standard, which isn't much use if you're outside of London. They're usually near to Liverpool Street/Brick Lane. I think it was £20 for a wallet then, not sure how much the bags were.

fridgepants Sun 18-Nov-12 00:31:45

Oh! Google tells me:

Orla Kiely Sample Sale

Starts: 09/12/10 - Ends: 12/12/10

Dray Walk Gallery, Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery
London
E1 6QL

Winter Past Season Sale
READY-TO -WEAR, BAGS, ACCESORIES

London Liverpool Street and Aldgate East

Thurs 9th December: 11am - 8pm
Fri 10th December: 11am - 8pm
Sat 11th December: 11 - 7pm
Sun 12th December: 11am - 6pm

- you'll need ot take cash though, it's usually £1 to get in as well.

mignonette Sun 18-Nov-12 00:35:01

Let's hope for her sake that she is not over because her new furniture range launches this week....

Don't really like her designs nor Cath Kidston, Lisa Stickley et al....

squoosh Sun 18-Nov-12 00:36:23

I never liked her, always found her leaf design really derivative, a rip off of countless 60's prints.

JudeFawley Sun 18-Nov-12 00:44:14

I agree.

I have never liked it, and now it's everywhere I like it even less.

I also have an irrational dislike of the Sanderson dandelion clocks design, which is absolutely everywhere too.

AThingInYourLife Sun 18-Nov-12 00:49:29

I always thought her stuff was OK for something cheap you bought in a flea market, but naff for expensive "designer" stuff that every woman I know had an item of.

How it got to be so ubiquitous I will never understand.

Still, it made me seem like a fashion guru because my handbag didn't have loads of pictures of pears on.

anniewoo Sun 18-Nov-12 01:29:46

Can't stand Orla Kiely prints. Too 60's for me. Prefer Cath Kidston

mumblechum1 Sun 18-Nov-12 01:30:37

God I hope so it's bloody hideous, reminds me of primary school in the late sixties.

mumblechum1 Sun 18-Nov-12 01:30:59

Also hate the Sanderson dandelions too

LittlePandaBear Sun 18-Nov-12 12:48:20

Fridge - your sample sale info is 2 years old smile

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