Orley is known for its combination of elegant yet youthful, irreverent design with a focus on luxury knitwear and commitment to the highest quality materials and manufacturing. The work of the Orley designers subverts classicism, using proprietary stitch techniques and an idiosyncratic color palette to create a wholly unique product.
In 2014, the Orley designers were finalists for the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, an endowment to support the next generation of American fashion designers led by Anna Wintour and CFDA President Diane Von Furstenberg. Orley was also nominated for the 2014 Fashion Group International Rising Star Award in Menswear. In 2015 the Orley designers were nominated for the 2015 CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear and shortlisted for the 2015 LVMH Prize.