Probably the longest established Milliner in Ireland Kathleen has been making all sorts of hats since 1985 Millinery is in kathleen blood. Her great Aunt Ms Maud Legg was a milliner to the Queen Mother and other royality Working in Winchester England. Kathleen Studied Fine Art Painting at Camberwell School of Art, London. Later going on to do Millinery at the London School of Fashion where she studied under Marie O'Regan who makes the queens hats now To pay her way through college she worked at "Browns" of South Molton street and latter the"Hat shop" in Covent Garden with Carol Denford . On Sundays she sold her first hat designs at Greenwich Market.
Tiring of London she moved to Ireland where her father comes from and for filled the dream of living here .She met her husband and fellow millinery Niall Mellon in 1993. Surrounded by stunning beauty of the Dingle peninsula they set up "Kathleen McAuliffe Millinery" from a tiny old studio on the egde of the beach latter moving to a purpose built studio in Castlegregory. They Supplied Stores in Ireland, France, and Germany, including Paris department stores, The Hat shop, Covent Garden and Arnotts in Dublin and varois irish and English boutiques
Rush Hour Castlegregory
In 2003 with her husband Niall Mellon they set up their shop in Dingle show casing 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 9 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