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Moving Onwards with Optimism

The Emilia Blazer & Suri Hoodie

Brighter days are ahead and thankfully we have a new horizon to look forward to. This is a favourite time of year as we dream of sunny days ahead and hopefully many longed-for reunions with family and friends..

The Hanna Jacket

Creating a new campaign in Dublin during lockdown requires plenty of ingenuity and a lot of artistic license. Normally a fashion shoot takes place in a magnificent location, requiring a team of fourteen; this year we worked with a socially-distanced crew of 5, and 6 if you count in Paddy the Schnauzer!

The Romana Biker Jacket

So, on a grey early morning in Dublin, our imaginations took flight to the Maldives, the archipelago of islands that glisten amongst the indigo lagoons of the Indian ocean. For one day only, we suspended reality and basked in the reflection of warm azure waters and golden sunshine. We paid particular attention to our colour palette such is its power to inspire and uplift our spirits.

The Roxana Hoodie & Serena Knit Trs

“We all need something to look forward to, some sunshine in our lives. Wherever we will be this summer, these are clothes to lift the spirit and bring joy with the arrival of a new piece for your forever summer wardrobe” – Louise Kennedy.

The Mimi Shirt

We really hope you like our new collection and we look forward to speaking to you in person on the styling options suitable for you. The team will be in touch to make personal shopping appointments by phone or video.

The Gianna Jacket

On behalf of us all at Louise Kennedy, can I once again thank our wonderful clients for your support, your friendship and your appreciation. You have kept us all focussed on the bright horizon of happier days to come.

The Yara Blazer


What’s In My Kennedy Bag?

When travelling, a great tote bag is a must for me. It must be capacious enough to hold a microcosm of my life, but still comfortable to hold and not too heavy to carry. Since we launched our Kennedy 32, I have used my Black or Kerry Blue versions weekly. There is nothing quite like a statement bag to add panache to elegant dressing.

Designing our signature tote bag was one of our most exciting design projects. We consulted many of our loyal clients who travel regularly for their perfect handbag wishlist: in particular, the features which would make their airport journeys less stressful. Their ideas were  invaluable and all fed into the Kennedy’s final design.


The Kennedy has little compartments to hold vital travelling essentials. It includes many small compartments and inner zip pockets for added security for wallets and jewellery. Most important of all was a dedicated pocket for a phone: the stress of not being able to locate a ringing phone lost in the abyss of my bag was paramount in designing the Kennedy!

When heading to the airport I have a list of must-haves, including a notebook and pencil, my iPhone, iPad, Visine eye drops, Tiger balm, Louise Kennedy eau de parfum, a good book on my iPad (I’m currently re-reading one of my favourite novels, Perfume by Patrick Susskind) and loving Kitty LaRoar Valentine’s Eve, which I listen to when flying. Kitty recently played at a cocktail party at 56 Merrion Square to introduce  The Rosewood hotel in London to my Irish clients. The Rosewood’s managing director, my wonderful friend Michael Bonsor, co-hosted with me.

But I digress, as ever! My other travelling must-haves are a wrap  (my favourite is a wool “Zinnia” wrap for travel – it doubles as an umbrella when caught in a downpour!) I love Chanel sunglasses, the best accessory when disembarking a long-haul flight. I also carry Black Rose Precious Face oil by Sisley, or the wonderful hydrating capsules from Biologique Recherche on longer flights: a few tiny drops prevent dehydration.

We also designed a Kennedy 26, designed at the request of our clients who adored the 32 but preferred a slightly smaller version. We love bag accessories and each season we add new coloured pom-poms for glamorous fun. In November we will launch a new series of limited edition Kennedys in taupe and feminine rose pink, the perfect Christmas present or a gift to oneself.

The Kennedy is the perfect handbag for a woman who works. We were so delighted to be part of The Gloss Magazine’s Look the Business event this week, an evening of fashion and inspiration for professional women, and to present a Kennedy as part of the LTB Designer Handbag Draw. One very happy business woman who attended is now the proud owner of a Kerry Blue Kennedy 32.


A Party At The Palace 

This was a Red Letter Week for me – a London Fashion Week like no other. As well as some lovely receptions and shows, I attended a very special party at Buckingham Palace by kind invitation of the Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, to celebrate a new initiative, the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange. The initiative places the fashion industry in the role of supporter of sustainable designers, artisans and craftspeople all over the world, encouraging them to share resources and ultimately to reduce poverty in communities which rely on the industry for employment and economic support.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Sophie, Countess of Wessex

 It was thrilling to be at the Palace. British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, American Vogue Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, Erin O’Connor and Livia Firth, whose Eco-Age company is running the initiative. The exhibition looked wonderful in those grand rooms and there was a huge feeling of goodwill and energy. One of the highlights was spending time with Hamish Bowles, editor-at-large for American Vogue. Hamish curated the stunning installation and is such an authority on vintage clothing, being one of the largest private collectors. He has had a lifelong love affair with Ireland and we caught up on lots of Irish interests!

The Exhibition At Buckingham Palace

It was also fabulous to catch up with my friend, royal milliner Jane Taylor, who we had the pleasure of hosting in Dublin to meet our Irish clients last year. Jane and I were among the lucky guests to have time with Sophie, Countess of  Wessex ,who we have have also had the pleasure of dressing.

Of course, the following day Queen Elizabeth attended the Richard Quinn show – her first time in the FROW, as we call it. She looked wonderful – and utterly relaxed. It’s interesting to see these three royals working together to raise the profile of the valuable – and influential – fashion industry. It was her first time in the FROW at LFW but during the state visit to Dublin in 2011, I had the honour of presenting our collection to Her Majesty and Prince Philip who sat front row on that occasion.

Fera At Claridges

No less exciting  – and fun – was a dinner at Fera, the restaurant at Claridges, with wonderful Irish ambassador to London, HE Adrian O’Neill and his delightful wife. Dinner was hosted by designer Guy Oliver who designed Fera (which means “wild” in Latin and refers to the provenance of the exceptional food there, overseen by Australian chef Matt Starling). Guy has been working on a restoration and refurbishment of The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, including guest rooms and the wonderful Residents Bar and terrace, which he showed me just before it opened. It literally raises the bar – sure to be a summertime must-visit.

While in Claridges I also had the good fortune to catch up with David Downton, one of my absolute favourite people in fashion. David was just off his flight from New York Fashion Week where David had been commissioned by Michael Kors to design an illustration which Michael printed on silk, one of the most talked-about collaborations during NYFW. He is also launching a very exciting new book and of course, having launched his last book in Dublin in our very own Downton room (we are the proud owners of 24 specially commissioned Louise Kennedy Downton sketches) we are eagerly awaiting the next one.

As you know, I have an exciting association with Turnbull & Asser, having designed a collection of women’s shirts, including the Louise. I had breakfast with CEO Jonathan Baker and we are plotting some exciting new projects, of which more news later. I also spent time at the gorgeous Rubelli fabric showroom in Chelsea Harbour Glamorous, elelgant, timeless, Rubelli (and its creator Angela Donghia) epitomise sophisticated Italian design and quality. We are co-hosting an event with Rubelli MD – the equally glamorous and gorgeous Vivienne Griffin – in March and seeing the space really crystallised our plans for how the Louise Kennedy collection could be displayed. We love to collaborate with companies with the same ethos and attention to detail as we do. If we speak the same language, the planning process is seamless.

It was an amazing week. This week will be no less exciting and busy. We are off to New York to prepare for our SS18 Trunk Show at The Carlyle. We can’t wait to show the collection to our US clients. I will tell you more soon …