Cath Kidston Ltd was founded in 1993 when designer Cath Kidston opened a tiny shop in London's Holland Park. She began by selling the vintage fabrics, wallpapers and brightly painted junk furniture she remembered fondly from her childhood. Her clever, witty re–working of traditional English country house style meant that her shop soon became a cult success.
Gradually Cath began to design her own prints and products. One of the first was a printed ironing board cover that is practical, quirky and with a distinctive floral print; it came to epitomize the Cath Kidston look. The product base has expanded steadily to include an extensive range of homewares as well as women's fashion and accessories and the Cath Kids brand.
Over the years Cath's high-profile collaborations have included creating tents with Milletts, Nokia mobile phones with Carphone Warehouse and collectible radios with Roberts. In 2008 she collaborated with Tesco to produce printed eco shopping bags made from plastic bottles to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. She has also published four books; including Make! in 2008.
The business currently has 26 shops and concessions in the UK, two shops in the Republic of Ireland and five in Japan, Liverpool, and the successful worldwide mail order and wholesale divisions continue to grow. Cath Kidston Ltd is one of the most influential and original design companies to emerge from the UK.