My favourite things

The de­signer known for her retro prints tells Nathalie Whit­tle about the mo­ments, mem­o­ries and pos­ses­sions she trea­sures the most…

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de­signer orla kiely reveals what she loves most

Orla, 55, lives in Lon­don with her hus­band, Der­mott Rowan, and their two sons, Robert, 22, and Hamish, 20. a Cook­eRy book (oR 10!) You can never have too many. My lat­est find is Din­ing In by Ali­son Ro­man (@al­isonero­man); it’s her first cook­book and it’s bril­liant.

aN oN-tHe-go Mas­sage When I have some spare time I like go­ing to the Walk-in Back­rub on Char­lotte Place. You can have 10 min­utes or an hour and there’s rarely a queue.

fig-sCeNteD CaN­DLes I have to have one on my bed­side ta­ble at all times – the aroma is in­cred­i­bly sooth­ing.

Net­fLix’s tHe CRowN

it’s my ab­so­lute favourite show.

Claire Foy gives such an amaz­ing per­for­mance and the sets and cos­tumes are just ex­quis­ite.

My 1960s pi­aNo I bought it at the first auc­tion I ever went to at Bon­hams and I adore it when our son, Hamish, plays it.

My eN­gage­MeNt RiNg

It’s made up of di­a­monds in the shape of a flower – how could I say no?

tHe­atRe tiCkets The West End is just around the cor­ner from my of­fice and it’s the best tonic at the end of a long day.

HoL­i­Days iN iCe­LaND

We went one sum­mer and saw glaciers, puffins and in­cred­i­ble land­scapes as we drove through these re­ally re­mote ar­eas - it was like we had ice­land all to our­selves! We want to go back in win­ter and see the north­ern lights next. HoNey & Co

It’s a Mid­dle East­ern restau­rant in Fitzrovia and they cre­ate the most per­fect sal­ads. There are so many choices.

waLk­iNg tHe Dogs

We have a Labradoo­dle called Olive and a Westiepoo called Ivy, and I love tak­ing them for walks through Lon­don’s Bat­tersea Park and Can­nizaro Park.

My sNow­DRop pateNt LeatHeR bag

I’m loyal to my favourite bag no mat­ter what the sea­son, and this is cur­rently it. It goes ev­ery­where with me!

vis­it­iNg tHe isLes of sCiLLy

My favourite view is look­ing out to sea from the Seven Stones pub on St Martin’s. on a good day, you could be look­ing across the Caribbean.

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pat­tern is on at the Fash­ion and Tex­tile Mu­seum un­til 23 Septem­ber; ftm­lon­ w&h

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