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Orla Kiely for Target!

Um, this is going to be ALL OVER every blog in about 20 minutes (and I apologize if you’ve already heard), but I’m so excited right now I think I’m going to choke, so I’ll just get this out of my system now: ORLA KIELY IS COMING TO TARGET! Stuff will be in stores (and will promptly sell out) at the beginning of February. Wheee!

(via AT:NY)

UPDATE: See more photos of the collection at sfgirlbybay!

UPDATE #2: The full collection will hit stores on February 15th. Thanks, Holly!

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  • Reply Jaime January 12, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Did you know when this will be released in 2009?

  • Reply Catherine January 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Oh my! I’ll be sending some begging emails to my US family this evening…

  • Reply donnarino January 12, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I think a crossborder shopping trip is my future too!

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Jaime: According to AT, they’re coming in early February. Start camping out now!

  • Reply TheRoyalMe January 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm


    I work in fashion and my design director LOVES Orla. If you heard a LOUD BOOM and are near midtown manhattan that was the sound of her head exploding! (of course i sent her your link!)

  • Reply A Thrifty Mrs January 12, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Oh wow, how I wish we had Target in the UK. I have a couple of her suitcases and a bag and I constantly have comments about them. To say I’m jealous is an understatment.

  • Reply alice January 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Ooooh! Lucky USA.

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    A Thrifty Mrs: But in the UK you have entire Orla Kiely SHOPS! And you can buy her furniture at Heal’s! We are limited to selected items at a handful of retailers. We are Orla-deprived!

  • Reply Monica January 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Ditto to the above.

  • Reply Sara January 12, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I cannot wait!!

  • Reply Shashi January 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    I’m all over those magazine holders. Yay!

  • Reply lauren alane January 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    The best news EVER!!!!

  • Reply Heather January 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    i literally sat here for a full minute, paralyzed by my excitement. OMGOMGOMGOMG. gorgeous. GORGEOUS!

  • Reply Tiger January 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Lovely things!

  • Reply Kate F. January 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I’m glad to hear it, if only because Target was already ripping off her classic cars pattern for $1 makeup bags a year or two ago! I was so shocked when I saw them that I e-mailed photos to her PR agency.

  • Reply sarah January 12, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    OHMY! i’m off to send an email to my mom telling her i need her to get me just about one of everything & bring it to me when she visits me in holland in april. haha

  • Reply christine January 12, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    it’s too bad there’s nothing with the signature stem + leaf pattern, bu that may be a good thing though, since i am a little hesitant and fear that orla will soon become associated with target shoppers here in the states.

  • Reply Mary January 12, 2009 at 2:14 pm


    Already envisioning those canisters in my kitchen. Along with…..everything else.

  • Reply dana January 12, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    i actually just gasped when i opened your post and read the headline. so exciting!!!

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 12, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    christine: I wouldn’t worry about that. These Target collections tend to be VERY limited (to the point that many of the items are virtually impossible to find in the stores) and very short-lived.

    Tord Boontje did a Target collection a couple of years ago, and I think it’s safe to say people generally don’t associate the two with each other now. ;)

    I love that Target does this, actually — it’s a great way to introduce international designers to the US audience. (Beyond Boontje, think of Paul & Joe, Proenza Schouler, Behnaz Sarafpour, etc.)

  • Reply jennski January 12, 2009 at 2:21 pm


  • Reply Rona January 12, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    This is amazing news. Bring it to the masses because her normal prices are out of my range.

  • Reply Karrey January 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I think I may have just peed my pants a little. But only a little!

  • Reply michelle January 12, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    AHH, how cool! I love love love

  • Reply jaime January 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    i’m so excited…oh, look, my wallet just opened and all my money is flying out!

  • Reply Becca January 12, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    How exciting! Yay!!!

  • Reply megan January 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    so exciting!

  • Reply coral January 12, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    brain just exploded.

  • Reply Vanessa January 12, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Ooooh, cannot wait!

  • Reply Benita January 12, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Major envy… sigh… can’t get anything over here…

  • Reply lindsay January 12, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Very exciting! I’ll be checking their website for the official release date.

    Although, I was purchasing something from the Dwell Baby line they carry, as a gift for a friend…I checked the site for the release date…went to the store to grab it, and was informed it had been put on the shelves the day before. Nearly all the merchandise was gone. So stalking the employees is probably a must.

  • Reply Courtney January 12, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    This is thrilling news indeed!!

  • Reply mommy January 12, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Very interesting. Which Target store do you think would be best? When they were selling the Dwell textiles the supply was very limited in our local store. Let me know when it’s time to rush to the store. I could look for something for you (unless you plan to not go to work that day). I can see my lunch delivered to my desk on a tray like that…

  • Reply Denise Smith January 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks for the news!!!! Gotta go tell all my peeps now!!!!

  • Reply Denise Smith January 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Kate F
    Target gives Orla Kiely credit for the car print travel journal. It is not a rip-off at all. Think of it as a teaser!

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Denise Smith: Kate F is not referring to the travel journal, which is indeed an authentic product (and, I believe, only available online). She is talking about a series of makeup bags that Target had in stores last spring — they were unquestionably rip-offs of Orla Kiely’s work, and were clearly NOT licensed merchandise.

    Here are the bags in question:

    Kind of galling, no?

  • Reply ashley January 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    wish they were doing more than just homegoods, but yay http://askdzign.blogspot.com/2008/12/orla-kiely-for-target.html

  • Reply Inbar January 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm


    I didn’t know, I’m in Australia but about to fly to the States in a couple of weeks… it’s the best news I’ve had all week!!!!!!

    THANK YOU!!!

  • Reply Adam January 12, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    OH GOD I’m going to BURST!!!

  • Reply kellyt January 12, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I think I just wet my pants

  • Reply Denise Smith January 12, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Anna and Kate F,
    OMG I never saw those makeup bags before. YIKES. OK, you are right. That totally sux. In my mind, when I read the post above, I was like, WHO would put their art in a retailer that previously stole from them? I thought the fact that Orla Kiely entering into a partnership with them proof enough that the journal was legit. But seeing the makeup bags now calls all I know into question. HELP!! I hear the squishing of integrity under the crushing weight of profit.

  • Reply mixette January 12, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    NO WAY! This totally made my day. I made a “pilgrimage” to her London store last year and have been pining for more every since…

  • Reply Katie January 12, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    If it weren’t 14 degrees and all snowy, I might get in line right now. Thanks!!

  • Reply jennifer in sf January 12, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Have I died? Is this heaven?

  • Reply Barb F (Australia) January 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    DAMN being in Australia!

  • Reply Katja January 12, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Wow! Wish we had Target too.

  • Reply emily January 13, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Why oh why don’t we have target in Canada?!!?!!

  • Reply zee January 13, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Gorgeous stuff. When I interviewed her last year, she intimated that she would be unveiling a big interiors-related project in the US this year, so this must be it! The dishes and drinking glasses are adorable.

  • Reply The Sexy Pedestrian January 13, 2009 at 6:22 am

    God, that dress is DIVINE!

  • Reply cassie January 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

    a little over a year ago my husband got such terrible customer service at our local Target that we vowed never to support them again. i may just have to break the vow just this once for orla. those melamine dishes are just what we need for our new deck!
    thanks for posting this anna!

  • Reply sarah January 13, 2009 at 11:05 am

    OMG. SQUEAL! Affordable Orla! This is fabulous.

  • Reply Jeanette January 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    OOOMMMMGGGGGG!!!!! I was going to start saving money, but forget it – this is once in a lifetime!

  • Reply Daffodil Campbell January 13, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Oh, Target. And IKEA. It’s so sad, to live so far away….
    I think I am going to have to send my mother over to Target for my birthday…..God I miss the mainland.

  • Reply erin@designcrisis January 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Cute dress!

  • Reply yvette January 13, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    i almost went to target today.. i’m glad I read sfgirlbybay, though. i would have acted like a fool at target if i hadn’t!

  • Reply Beth January 14, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I found myself at Nordstrom Rack last night after work. (Sometimes my car just drives me places of its choosing.) Anyway, at the Sacramento NR, the first area you walk into is handbags, and lo and behold, a bunch of “Orla Kiely Scribble Stem Classic Shoulder Bags” were
    on sale for $45. I’ve seen them on line for over $100.
    I just thought you devotees would like to know!

    And Anna, although I’ve been a long-time lurker (we did our Ikea kitchens at about the same time), this is what finally got me to post. Thanks for all you do! :)

  • Reply lindsay January 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Have you seen the new PS collection for Ikea? I just saw a teaser over at EmmasDesignBlogg. I thought you might have some details on the US debut. You mingle Ikea products so nicely in your own home…I really like some of the new pieces.

  • Reply Swestie January 14, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I don’t know if anything on a blog has ever made me happier! thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    lindsay: Hah! I was JUST in the midst of making a post about the PS collection when you left this comment. I’m definitely excited! :) :)

  • Reply Jennifer January 14, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    This is thrilling. I might sleep outside the store. The glasses and dishes will be great for my toddlers also! Thanks.

  • Reply Hannah January 31, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I just bought the laundry bag and 6 shelf hanging organizer.. i LOVE them!! they look very sturdily built and, thankfully, seem as if they will last a very long time! now all i have to do is go back to target to get everything else.

  • Reply DebbieDowner February 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    This crap looks like it will be obnoxious to live with within about a month. When will you people learn that you don’t need this stuff, it will not make you happy, and it will just end up in a landfill within the next year.

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 2, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    DebbieDowner, have you actually seen these products in person? Or are you just basing your assumption on the fact that it’s Target selling them?

    I ask because I bought several of the items this past weekend (and admired others in the store), and they all seem to be quite well made, at least as well as any comparable product on the market. I don’t buy badly-made things for my home (or, as you put it, “crap”). I look for quality of design and quality of construction first and foremost. I fully subscribe to William Morris’s belief you should have no item in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

    You may not be a fan of Orla Kiely’s designs, but that’s an issue of taste and is purely subjective. To suggest that those who are fans of her work (myself included) are more likely to (a) only like her products for a month, and (b) will be disposing of said products within a year is absolutely ludicrous. Kiely’s pear and flower prints are classics within her own body of work, and reference a style of design that has remained popular over the course of the past 50 years. Again, whether or not you personally like this style is really not important. Taste is not universal, fortunately.

    The list of true human needs is very, very short. That does not mean, however, that things we acquire that give us enjoyment beyond the basic necessities of life are worthless. That goes for the pillow you rest your head on at night, the cup of coffee you drank this morning, and the computer you used to compose your comment.

  • Reply genevieve February 5, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    the orange flower dinner collection is now on target.com

    ps – anna, i love your response to DD above.

  • Reply Renovation Therapy February 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Finally saw a bunch of it at Target. I didn’t buy any, it was so poorly manufactured and felt so, crappy – that I just walked away. Disappointed.

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Huh? Really? Weird. I bought a bunch of items on Saturday, and it all looks/feels very well-made. The only thing I thought looked bad was the tiered server, which was crooked.

  • Reply LaDonna February 14, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    a friend just bought some of the tumblers and mugs for me at a Houston area Target

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