Cath Kidston MBE

Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston is known the world over as “The Queen of Print”. From a background in interior design and styling, she founded her eponymous brand in 1993. Its unique confection of colourful print and product made Cath’s business one of the few truly original and influential brands to emerge from the nineties.

Cath can be credited with kick-starting the trend for modern vintage. A visionary, Cath has consistently been ahead of her time. She unquestionably paved the way for huge lifestyle trends such as glamping, by creating a cult range of printed tents emblazoned with her designs. She was first to transform tech into decorative objects by applying her iconic patterns to mobile phones with mass appeal. Cath also led the sewing, making and craft renaissance not only in the UK but across the globe, where in Japan her products and personality reached cult status.

Starting with one small shop in 1993, Cath built Cath Kidston Ltd into the global brand that it is today, with some 170 stores and a multi-channel business worldwide.

A year after stepping down from the Cath Kidston Group when it had a market value of £250m, Cath founded a new solo venture, JOY OF PRINT, a creative design studio, in 2017. She is a trustee of the charity Fine Cell Work and is involved with a number of small start-up businesses.

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