Orla

September 24, 2018

I was sad to read that Orla Kiely has closed her shops. Her King’s Road location was always a go-to on my London visits. Over the years, I’ve bought five or six sweaters there, all of which have made winter a happier experience for me. There was the one cardi that got away –– I left it in a New York taxi –– but the others all sit stacked in my cupboard like a chunk of rainbow. Of course, my very favourite is a bobbled pink cardigan that I bought freshly pregnant with my third baby. I felt lousy at the time, and that pink cheered me up no end. I’m convinced it was the pompom pink cardi that made people think I was carrying a girl. There’s another one, yellow like a daffodil, that has shrunk from too many washes, but still remains sunshine on a rainy day. And a nudie pink one, with hearts as buttons, that I wore over a trusty black dress to my wonderful friend, Polly’s memorial. Oh Orla, I wish I’d bought more of your gorgeous jumpers. No one does knitwear like you.

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