Here at Cath Kidston, we believe that a new season always calls for a new print. Freshly picked for AW18, we’re excited to introduce Paintbox Flowers – a beautifully crafted print with a soft colour palette that reflects the move into autumn.

Available across bags, fashion, accessories and homeware, Paintbox Flowers was inspired by a series of vintage canvases and artists’ equipment. Our talented in-house design team took inspiration from the old and looked to modernise it with texture and colour – you’ll find hand-painted brushstrokes that allow unexpected accent shades to pop against pink or blue grounds. The result is a print that looks equally as eye-catching on a practical frame backpack as it does on a chic dress.

For all you arm candy fans out there, a new carry-me-now shape has been introduced to the range – the Stratton saddle bag is the perfect addition to any autumnal wardrobe. Featuring a premium finish with chic piping, the solid colour brings classic oil paint shades to mind. The sleek, sophisticated silhouette is complemented by contrasting colour on the strap, and our artistic Paintbox Flowers design is revealed when the flap is lifted. If you can’t bear to leave this painterly print on the inside, you’ll find a version with our floral flourishes on the outside, too!

The Paintbox Flowers collection also features a cohesive homeware range, including bedding and contemporary furnishings as well as your kitchen must-haves – making it the perfect way to bring these beautiful blooms into your home. Whatever fresh additions the new season calls for, we’re sure these painterly florals will brighten up your autumn.

Take a peek below to see how our Brand Ambassadors are styling the range.

RACHEL – @rachelbailey____

Paint Box

“Stepping outside the front door, I always like to be ready for whatever adventure is awaiting. Wearing a simple logo tee and a black slip dress, the statement piece for my outfit is hands-down my shiny new accessory. The striking painted florals featured on my lovely bag are just an added bonus though – it fits everything I need to take out for the day and has a handy front pocket, making it easy to grab essentials. Not only that, but it’s also waterproof too. Perfect for the ever-changing British weather! Armed with my beautiful Paintbox Flowers Aster Tote, I’m ready for whatever the day has in store.”

STEPH – @positivelymelancholy


“The transition into autumn is probably my favourite time to get a bit playful with colour. The bright pops of yellow I was obsessed with through summer now melt into deeper, earthier mustards that I love contrasting with muddy reds. Kind of like ketchup and mustard! This Paintbox Flowers Frame Backpack accents my chosen autumn colours perfectly, and the artistic florals are set back against a super wearable navy that’ll go with literally everything. There’s a richness to the palette of the print that feels so right for autumn – it’s making it a little bit easier to let go of those long summer nights.”

LUCY – @stylingbyletsy


“I’ve always had an obsession with pink, so this print was a favourite of mine when I was selling it in the showroom. I love the fact it was hand-painted in house too. I took the Paintbox Flowers Aster Cross Body Bag as my beach bag when I was recently in Spain – it matched my pink swimsuit perfectly! After this picture, my friends and I went for a little Sangria just off the beach and my bag gained me plenty of compliments. It’s the perfect size to carry all my beach essentials, plus it wipes clean too, so no need to worry about any sun cream disasters!”

DEMI – @demijames


“We are soon stepping into autumn, and for me, this means layers! As someone who loves prints, I like to clash mine from time to time. The base colour of this beautiful Paintbox Flowers Stratton Saddle Bag is a neutral navy which pairs perfectly with the eye-catching floral print, and I think looks a dream alongside my houndstooth print blazer. It’s the perfect smart-casual look – the bag adds a dash of colour to the jacket, making it the perfect accessory.”

EL – @bleached_view


“I work in London but live in Reading, so I’m always on the move! This beautiful Paintbox Flowers Foldaway Overnight Bag is the ideal travelling companion, as I sometimes stay with friends. It’s big enough for everything I might need week in, week out, and the fact it comes with a matching pouch to fold it away in when I’m not using it is a real bonus. Add that to the lightweight design and striking colour palette and what’s not to love? I have an artistic background, so I adore the painterly brush strokes across the whole collection. I teamed the bag with a white shirt and jeans – I didn’t want to take attention anyway from the statement print!”

Like the look of our Paintbox Flowers collection? If you have picked up anything from the range remember to tag us on Instagram using #MyCathKidston.