Over the past two decades, Cath and her design team have sketched, coloured and hand-drawn literally hundreds of prints. From our trademark florals and polkadots, to classic characters like our Wild West Cowboy,
everyone has a favourite.
As we turn 20, we’ve been rummaging through our print archives to pick five stories that will tell you a little more about where their inspiration came from.
#1 Antique Rose Bouquet (1993)
Cath discovered some worn vintage wallpaper in a derelict Welsh cottage and, cheekily tearing a piece off as a memento, she was inspired. The result was Antique rose bouquet wallpaper, the founding product and still a bestseller 20 years on – the perfect print to kick-off our birthday celebrations.
#2 Rose Gingham (1994)
Due to an error in translation, Cath’s second order of Rose Gingham fabric turned up as 1,500m of ready-made bed linen. Thinking quickly, she turned a potential problem into a business breakthrough, creating the very first full Cath Kidston print collection.
#3 Strawberry (1999)
When she was little, Cath’s favourite pinafore dress was emblazoned with strawberries. Years later, Cath started a growing collection of crazy vintage strawberry print tablecloths from her regular trips to LA, and created what has become one of the best-loved Cath Kidston prints – backed in pink, straw, white and blue.
#4 Cowboy (2001)
Travelling in the USA during the early years of the brand, Cath’s love of vintage Americana inspired her most iconic novelty print. Cowboys have since appeared on everything from bags and accessories to kids pj’s, and it’s a favourite for interiors too – spot it in feature film The Hours starring Nicole Kidman.
#5 Stanley (2007)
Designed to sit back with hand-drawn classic, Spot red, is our beloved Stanley. Since appearing as a fun, cheeky print in 2007, Cath’s Lakeland Terrier popped up all over the place. He even had a royal makeover in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and we still remember him this season, across fabric, kids toys and lively home ornaments.
Do you have a favourite print you’ve collected over the years?
Tell us in the comments below.