Behind the Threads | People Tree interviews fashion designer Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely is world-famous for her amazing prints and shares our passion for natural textiles. For our Spring Summer 2013 Collection, Orla Kiely created two fabulous prints: Lovebird and Daisy Heart. In this interview, Orla talks with People Tree founder and CEO Safia Minney about what inspires her – and her styling tips for the new season.

How did you come to collaborate with People Tree using organic cotton?

Safia approached us and we jumped at the chance of collaborating with People Tree. I always love the honesty of cotton. The natural look and hand feel always appeals to me. Working with People Tree does give an opportunity to use wonderful hand skills and it’s so rewarding to see the craftsmen and women working on our designs.

What is your favourite dress from this collection and why?

I love the Lovebird Shirt Dress. The print and shape are super cute!

Any styling tips for Spring Summer 2013?

Mix and match your prints. Colour blocking or statement jewellery is a must!

Do you prefer the urban jungle or wide open spaces?

Urban jungle. I love living in the city. There’s so much inspiration here!

You’ve designed everything from purses to cars. What’s the most unusual place you’ve put one of your designs?

A London bus.

What’s your favourite flower? Tree?

Tulips and hydrangeas.

What would you have been in another life?

Our Labradoodle, Olive, seems to have a very nice time!

Shop the new Orla Kiely with People Tree Collection.

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