The start of the Cath Kidston empire was relatively small fry in comparison to the size of her label now. In 1993 Cath Kidston opened a shop in Holland Park, London and filled it with beautiful vintage fabrics and wallpapers, reminiscent of English country homes, with a selection of brightly coloured junk furniture to add to the mix. Over the following years Kidston began to design her own fabrics and products creating homewares and clothes and accessories, with many items also being produced under license by other companies. Cath Kidston has also designed tents for Millets and collaborated with Tesco in 2008 to produce eco shopping bags which also raised funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. She has also produced five books, one of which I was lucky enough to receive for my birthday last month.
Since small shop frontage in 1993 you can now find 28 shops & concessions in the UK and a further two shops in the Republic of Ireland, three pop up shops, seven shops in Japan and one in Kuwait, with the Cath Kidston brand being available internationally.
I adore all the prints in the fabric ranges, but my favourite three are -
Now for a little more indulgence, I will pop over to Folksy & Etsy to see what is being made with Cath Kidston fabrics.
There are plenty of other beautiful items to choose from!
To end my week I am having a special offer in my Buttons & Bows shop.
20% OFF All Ribbons & Buttons until midnight on Monday (26/4).