Louise Kennedy is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s most successful luxury fashion designers with a reputation for creating clothes appreciated for their sophistication and quality of design.
A graduate of the Grafton Academy of fashion and design, Louise Kennedy has always believed the design business to be “in my DNA”. Since establishing her eponymous label in 1983, Louise has earned an international reputation for creating clothes that are appreciated for their sophistication and quality of design, a luxurious approach to modern feminine dressing. Louise Kennedy quickly became synonymous with elegance, understated style, texture, and exquisite detail; her use of colour and intricate detail, taking luxury to a new degree. In 1989, Louise was commissioned by President Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland to design for her inauguration ceremony.
Nature continues to inspire my work; I’ve always adored it
In 1998 her Dublin Flagship Store was launched, located at 56 Merrion Square in the heart of Georgian Dublin. In 1999, Louise was commissioned to design a contemporary crystal collection. This went on to become the fastest growing brand of designed crystal in the international marketplace. In 2010, Louise was honoured with a National Stamp by An Post. In the same year, The Bridal Room, a bridal ‘Couture’ Atelier was launched at 56 Merrion Square. Her very first collection was bought by Ireland’s flagship luxury department store, Brown Thomas, who continues to stock the brand 33 years later. In the same year, Louise also launched ‘The Kennedy’ Bag and her first signature fragrance, ‘The Louise Kennedy Eau De Parfum’ to celebrate her thirty years in fashion.
She has been the recipient of many prestigious awards over the years including Tipperary Person of the Year award in 1992, The Bird and Bell award from The Ireland Funds of Great Britain for her contribution to the fashion world, Irish Designer of the Year in 1985, 1989, 1991 and 1993 and a Fashion Oscar. She was also the recipient of The Great Britain and Ireland Company of the Year Award presented to her by The Irish Post. Louise was invited to become an ambassador for the ‘GREAT’ Britain campaign by Prime Minister David Cameron in recognition of her personal support and contribution to the UK’s most ambitious international promotional campaign ever. The ‘GREAT’ Britain campaign showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer to encourage the world to visit study and do business with the UK, to deliver jobs and growth at home.