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A graduate of the Grafton Academy of fashion and design, Tipperary-born Louise Kennedy always believed the design business to be “in my DNA”.
Louise Kennedy quickly became synonymous with elegance, understated style, texture, and exquisite detail; her use of colour and hand worked beading taking luxury to a new degree. 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.
Louise Kennedy has dressed the world’s most significant women, from actresses including Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson and Andie McDowell, to singers Beyonce and Kylie Minogue, to former Irish presidents and members of the British, European and middle eastern Royal Families.
In 1998 Louise Kennedy opened her flagship store in Dublin’s Merrion Square, followed by her boutique in West Halkin Street, Belgravia in 2000. She was awarded the Veuve Cliquot Businesswoman of the Year in 2003 and acts as a valued partner for the “Great” Britain Campaign.
Through her career, Louise Kennedy has added her handwriting to various creative projects. She was engaged as a designer by one of Ireland’s leading Irish Crystal manufacturers to create a contemporary crystal stemware and lighting collection and designed the new robes for the judges of the Irish Supreme Court in 2012. The uniforms she created for Aer Lingus in 1995 continue to be worn by ground staff and aircrew today.
A natural extension of the Louise Kennedy impremateur came with the introduction of wedding gowns and the opening of the Louise Kennedy Bridal Room at her Dublin flagship in 2010. Working closely with every bride, this demi-couture experience offers the sophistication, beauty and elegance of Louise Kennedy in a truly personal environment.
Louise Kennedy created her first eponymous fragrance in 2013, currently stocked exclusively in Harrods Haute Perfumerie (The Black Hall) along with The Kennedy Bag. In the same year, the business celebrated 30 years of luxury with a breathtaking fashion show at the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin.
With a passion for strong femininity, an eye for detail and a love of history, couture and contemporary luxury, Louise Kennedy’s creations are modern pieces of craftsmanship that bring joy and pleasure. These pieces exude sophistication. They are clothes of distinction, worn with ease.
Louise Kennedy is Ireland’s foremost designer of luxury ready to wear; her clothes appeal to sophisticated women worldwide whose high-performing lives require clothes and accessories that work in parallel.
Her designs are chosen time and time again by those who adore Louise Kennedy’s elegant, understated handwriting and luxurious fabrics and the ease of how her pieces transcend the day’s demands. Working across fashion, bridal couture and crystal, the Louise Kennedy aesthetic is evident in all she creates.
Each seasonal collection of day, relaxed evening and formal wear is crafted from the most delicate handmade lace, the softest cashmere and most fluid silk jersey. Detailed embellishment, embroidery and beading feature significantly.
Louise Kennedy’s European flagship stores are located in Merrion Square, Dublin 2 and West Halkin Street, London SW1.