Cath Kidston UK Ltd was founded in 1993 when designer Cath Kidston opened a tiny shop in London's Holland Park. She began by selling 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 Kidston began to design her own prints and products. One of the first was a printed ironing board cover-practical, quirky and with a distinctive floral print, it has come to epitomise the Cath Kidston look.
The product base has expanded steadily to include an extensive range of home accessories including bedding and bath. Cath's aim has always been to create well-priced, good quality products that are fun, practical and original. The brand is one of the most influential and original companies to emerge from the UK in recent years and has expanded steadily to become the unique international lifestyle brand it is today.
Cath Kidston remains Creative Director of Cath Kidston UK Limited and was awarded an MBE for services to business in February 2010 as part of the Queen's New Year Honours List.