Karen Kirby is a leading women’s fashion designer in Ireland for the last 17 years, renowned for her love of classic lines and use of coloured textures. Karen has always taken inspiration from nature and in particular her love of the sea, having grown up in North County Dublin Karen spent much of her childhood on the beach. This has inspired many of her very feminine and whimsical designs.


When I grow Up……

Upon graduating from the Grafton Academy of Dress Design, I joined a large Irish Fashion House where my journey took me from Junior to Head of Design. It was during my time as head designer that I developed a love of travel and began to draw inspiration from different cultures and colours that surrounded me, Paris became my favourite place. Over the next several years I was fortunate enough to become Head Designer of a label where I really expressed my love of fashion, this became the most creative time of my life and this is where my love for coats really began…

From a family of four children, three girls and one long suffering brother. Home was where my love of fashion started. My very talented Mum was a seamstress, but to me she was a fashion icon, a talent deep-rooted in our family as her grandfather was a tailor. I would spend hours watching as she worked with such skill making beautiful pieces from eye cutting & making garments with utter precision. We were such lucky little girls walking around in our beautiful crafted clothes knowing they were made with love especially for us.

This is the root for Kirbee, beautiful clothes made with love. Clothes that I hope one day will evoke the beautiful memories I hold when I see pictures from my childhood. Children and family are a huge part of my life. I am the mother to three beautiful children, two boys and one girl. Through my travels I first started to buy garments for my children due to the high standards in design and quality, it is with these thoughts in mind I came up with the plan of creating a luxury baby and toddler range that offers beautiful timeless fashion that still has a chic and contemporary style.

I hope you enjoy Kirbee as much as I have enjoyed designing it and it can grow with our little bumblebees.

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