My favourite things
The designer known for her retro prints tells Nathalie Whittle about the moments, memories and possessions she treasures the most…
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; ftmlondon.org w&h