Probably the longest established Milliner in Ireland Kathleen has been making all sorts of hats since 1995.Kathleen Studied Fine Art Painting at Camberwell School of Art, London. Later going on to do Millinery at the London School of Fashion. To pay her way through college she worked at "Browns" of South Molton street and for the "Hat shop" in Covent Garden. On Sundays she sold her first hat designs at Greenwich Market.
Tiring of London she moved to Ireland and met her husband and fellow millinery Niall Mellon in 1993. Surrounded by stunning beauty of the Dingle peninsula they set up "Kathleen McAuliffe Millinery". Supplying Stores in Ireland, France, and Germany, including Pairs shop, Hat shop, Covent Garden and Arnotts Dublin. Through word of mouth an ever-increasing number of private customers were calling to the workshop to have hats made.
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In 2003 with her husband Niall Mellon they set up their shop in Dingle showcasing their designs. Having a retail outlet has let them expand their range to include jewellery, bags and scarves plus styles for kids. "It's lovely to see someone fall in love with a new style you've just made!"
Kathleenmcauliffe.com first went online in 2004 now in it's third version our aim is to bring our designs to all. Fresh original designs handmade for you plus all the lovely bits that we sell in our Dingle shop.We are also Irelands leading online store for Orla Kiely. Kathleen has been selling Orla Kiely in Ireland for the past 6 years. It is a brand we were drawn to the first time we saw it.
2010 January. TG4 the Irish channel Vist the shop and do a feature on Kathleen for Ponc with Máire Treasa.
See it on youtube here
Profile in Image magazine.
Maire Clare, One of only 10 shops recommend in a feature on Ireland
Five pages in the UK Country Living Magazine
Nationwide TV feature