Win a Set of Designer Stamps

August 12, 2010

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Win a Set of Designer Stamps

Now even the most budget conscious fashionista can buy a piece of Philip Treacy or Orla Kiely design’s for under €1. Well, sort of…

Launced by An Post in July, this ode to Irish fashion designers honours John Rocha , Philip Treacy , Orla Kiely , Paul Costelloe, Louise Kennedy  and Lainey Keogh,  by issuing a stamp in each of their names.

The stamps show current or recent work from each designer and are are available from  or in a handbag size stamp booklet from the GPO Dublin or main Post Offices.

These award-winning designers were selected on the basis that they have their own label and a successful Irish and international career.  They’ll make the ideal accessory for the fashionista letter writer this summer, bringing an instant impression of style and glamour to letters, cards, invitations and thank you notes.

And we’ve got 10 booklets that include a full set of the stamps to give away to 10 lucky WhatSheWearers!  To enter to win, subscribe to our weekly newsletter and send an email marked “An Post” to with your contact details. The competition runs until midnight on Wednesday 18th August, and we’ll announce the winner in next week’s newsletter.

About the Irish designers

John Rocha

Born in Hong Kong of Chinese and Portuguese parents, Rocha studied fashion in London in the 1970s before moving to Dublin in the 1980s where he set up his Chinatown label.  He later designed for the A|wear high street chain as well as Brown Thomas in Dublin.  Known for his experimentation with native Irish fabrics and handcraft, with his wife, Odette, he runs his own John Rocha line of clothing and jewellery as well as a diffusion line of home wares, clothing and accessories for Debenhams. Responsible for the interiors of the Morrison Hotel in Dublin, he also designs a crystal product range for Waterford Glass. He was made a CBE in 2002 for his contribution to fashion design and runs his business Three Moon Design from Dublin. In 2007 he opened his first London shop in Dover Street, Mayfair.

Philip Treacy

From Ahascragh, County Galway, Treacy, started sewing at the age of seven and is a graduate of National College of Art & Design, Dublin and the Royal College of Art in London. Five times winner of the British Accessories Designer of the Year award, his hats have crowned the heads of British royalty, rock stars and celebrities including his champion, the late stylist Isabella Blow. He has designed millinery for the late Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Valentino among others and in 2007 was awarded an OBE for services to the British fashion industry presented by Prince Charles. He was design director of the G Hotel in Galway and was awarded an honorary doctorate from UCD in 2006. His travelling exhibition of hats “When Philip Met Isabella” drew record crowds in Dublin at the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks.

Orla Kiely

Born in Dublin, Kiely graduated from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, and then later in 1993, with a Master’s degree after studying at London’s Royal College of Art.  She later set up a partnership with her husband, Dermott Rowan, showing at London Fashion Week where she secured her first export orders. In 2004 she was awarded the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year and named one of HBOS 100 most entrepreneurial women in 2008. Her industry consultations include designing ceramics/wallpaper for Habitat, sitting on the Dulux Design Council, designing capsule collections for the Tate Gallery and collaborating with Target in the USA. Her London shop and showroom opened in September 2005. She is a visiting professor for textiles at the RCA since 2007 and currently lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Paul Costelloe

Born in Dublin, the youngest of a family of seven to an Irish father and American mother, Costelloe was educated at Blackrock College, Dublin and trained as a fashion designer in Paris, Milan and New York. He set up his own fashion label in 1979 and expanded into the UK in the early l990s where one of his most high profile clients was the late Princess Diana.  Known for casual sporty tailoring and a painterly sense of colour, he has also designed uniforms, menswear, home wares, jewellery and an optical collection. Married with seven children, he now lives in London.

Louise Kennedy

From Thurles in County Tipperary, where her family ran a drapers shop, Kennedy studied fashion at the Grafton Academy in Dublin and set up her own business in 1982. Known for streamlined, restrained tailoring in luxurious fabrics, she dressed former president Mary Robinson for her inauguration and later President Mary McAleese. 

Louise designed the uniforms for Aer Lingus in 1997 and in 1998 moved to her flagship headquarters at 55 Merrion Square, Dublin, a Georgian building which is now her home, studio and showroom. In recent years she has designed interiors, ranges of contemporary glass for Tipperary Crystal and opened a flagship store in London. Her client list includes Sarah Ferguson, Angelica Huston, Yasmin Le Bon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Enya, Jo Malone and Andie McDowell.

Lainey Keogh

One of ten children of a market gardener in north Dublin, Keogh started knitting for friends in the 1980s while still a student of microbiology. In 1989 she won the Prix de Coeur in Monte Carlo from Christian Lacroix, which brought her international recognition and buyers from London, Paris and New York. Her debut show in London working with the late Isabella Blow, Sophie Dahl, Kate Moss, Marianne Faithful, John Hurt and Naomi Campbell led to huge acclaim and offers to design costumes for movies and dress celebrities. Since then she has travelled the world showing her Irish made collections and has designed showpieces for Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Christian Louboutin. Her home and studio are now based in County Wicklow.

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9 Responses to “Win a Set of Designer Stamps”

  1. Aine Says:

    Absolutely stunning, love them!

  2. Camilla Says:

    Fantastic idea and now sending letters can be more stylish, all i need now is the personalised smythson paper :)

  3. Edwina Says:

    As I do like to put my own stylish stamp on everything I do..this prize would mean that even my post will have a stylish stamp or two! :)

  4. Annemarie Says:

    @Camilla I’m sure Smythson have something like that in the works, it would be fab

  5. Annemarie Says:

    @Aine Ditto. such a neat concept :)

  6. joan lucey Says:

    i bought a set today and they are fabulous

  7. Annemarie Says:

    This competition has now closed


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