About The Designer
A graduate of the Grafton Academy of fashion and design, Tipperary-born Louise Kennedy always believed the design business to be "in my DNA". Since establishing her eponymous label in 1983, Louise has earned an international reputation for creating clothes that are appreciated for their sophistication and elegance, a luxurious approach to modern feminine dressing.
Louise Kennedy quickly became synonymous with elegance, understated style, texture, and exquisite detail; her use of colour and intricate embellishment, taking luxury to a new degree. In 1989, Louise was commissioned by President Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland to design for her inauguration ceremony.
She has also dressed members of the British, European and Middle Eastern Royal Families and many international award winning actresses. Her gentle tailoring is enhanced by delicate embellishment and underpinned by pure silk linings; quality is never compromised. Louise has shown her fashion collections globally, and exports her work all over the world.
In the mid 90's, Louise joined the British Fashion Council. She was also chosen to design the uniforms for Aer Lingus, Ireland's national airline, which are still worn today.
In 1998 her Dublin Flagship Store was launched, located at 56 Merrion Square in the heart of Georgian Dublin. In 1999, Louise was commissioned to design a contemporary crystal collection. This went on to become the fastest growing brand of designed crystal in the international marketplace. In 2000 she opened her London flagship store and has since expanded to New York for a growing US clientele.
In 2010, Louise was honoured with a National Stamp by An Post. In the same year, The Bridal Room, a bridal 'Couture' Atelier was launched at 56 Merrion Square.
In late 2011, Louise was commissioned by the Chief Justice to design the first national judicial robes for the Irish Supreme Court. These were officially launched in October 2012 which marked an historic shift in the judicial court attire in Ireland.
2013 marked an important anniversary for Louise Kennedy where she celebrated 30 years in the fashion industry.Her very first collection was bought by Ireland's flagship luxury department store, Brown Thomas, who continues to stock the brand 35 years later.
In the same year, Louise also launched 'The Kennedy' Bag and her first signature fragrance, 'The Louise Kennedy Eau De Parfum'.
She has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Tipperary Person of the Year award and a Fashion Oscar for Designer of the Year both received in 1992, The Bird and Bell award from The Ireland Funds of Great Britain for her contribution to the fashion world and Irish Designer of the Year in 1985,1989,1991 and 1993.
In 2003 she was awarded the Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year award, and in early 2009 Louise became the first female style envoy for Mercedes Benz Ireland. Louise also acts as a valued partner for the “Great” Britain Campaign. In 2013, she recieved a Special Achievement Award presented at The Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Awards.
In October 2014, she was the recipient of The Great Britain and Ireland Company of the Year Award presented to her by The Irish Post. In November 2014, Louise was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the Dublin Institute of Technology.
The Great Campaign
On December 3rd 2014, Louise was invited to become an ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign by former Prime Minister David Cameron in recognition of her personal support and contribution to the UK’s most ambitious international promotional campaign ever.
The GREAT Britain campaign showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer to encourage the world to visit, study and do business with the UK, to deliver jobs and growth at home.
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