Welcome to House of Kerry
Planet, Sustainability and Strong women
House of Kerry is located on a farm, a designated Scenic Area of Conservation, of beautiful natural scenery and biodiversity in Muckross Killarney Co. Kerry. It aims to inspire with a beautiful collection of timeless heirloom pieces since 2016. House of Kerry is a conscious, slow fashion brand which cherishes the planet founded by Christine O’Donoghue de Vries. It is inspired especially by the women who went before Christine, especially her grandmother, who alongside her grandfather worked the land and in addition created and upcycled everything from furniture to beautiful dresses for their family. In the same fashion Christine takes sample fabric pieces and cut offs and up cycles them into bow ties and woolen berets and even uses them as borders on her tweed wrap dresses. In a first for fashion she hand dyed silage netting from the farmscape with non toxic dyes, to embellish a woolen beret which in turn she embellished with hand sewn sustainably made crystals. No matter what we do we leave a carbon footprint, the choice is to make it as tiny as possible!
Who are we?
The House of Kerry logo of the evergreen is inspired by the trees, pockets of woodland and shelter belts which were planted on the farm by her ancestors. They were planted primarily for shelter for the house, soil and animals in the fields.
Christine practiced law for several years before returning back to Co. Kerry to pursue her creative passions. She is registered as a Craftsperson/Designer with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and was selected in 2019 to become part of “Design Ireland” where “the best of Irish design fashion craft and jewellery can be found in one place”. Christine is also an Origin Green farmer and wool producer working closely with nature. She sees at first hand the detrimental effects climate change is having on the planet. Christine documents and captures the timeless wonder of the Irish landscape through her own fine art photography, screenprints and watercolour painting designs. All are influenced then by the breath taking natural scenery of Co. Kerry outside the windows of the house and Co. Kerry and reminders of things gone by. House of Kerry aims to work with and explore the old, sometimes nostalgic imagery but with a contemporary twist.
Christine won the prestigious HI Style Fashion Designer of the Year Award in 2018 as well as the coveted Fashion Designer of the Year Award 2019 at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Her work has appeared in the Spirit of Ireland Magazine, the Business Post, Motley magazine and most recently Vogue Italia online.
Traceability and transparency
We ensure we are doing our utmost for the environment by using natural or recycled and sustainable fabrics which are biodegradable and providing traceability and transparency in our processes and the fabrics used. All packaging used is made from recycled materials and can be reycled.
Above all from its inception in 2016 House of Kerry is committed to working with ethical suppliers who pay fair wages to their employees and that employees have good working conditions.
House of Kerry endaevours to promote as much work as possible in the local economy and community and use local suppliers and artisans for orders. Christine was invited to help the children with an art project at her local school and was delighted to sponser the paint. House of Kerry has been involved in raising funds for the St. Vincent de Paul Kerry Education Fund which helps out third level students going to college, the Laura Lynn Children’s hospice which provides a service to families all over Ireland as well as to Kerry Cancer Support Group which provides a free transport service to patients for their hospital treatment.