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Nationality  English
Partner  Hugh Padgham
Occupation  Businesswomanauthor
Name  Cath Kidston
Children  Jessica Padgham
Role  Designer

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Full Name  Catherine Isabel Audrey Kidston
Born  6 November 1958 (age 62) (1958-11-06) Marylebone, London, England
Known for  Floral prints and patterns
Relatives  Kirstie Allsopp (cousin)
Parents  Archie Kidston, Suzie Kidston
Books  Tips For Vintage Style, Sew‑Your‑Own Rag Doll Book, Stitch!, Notecard Book, Cath Kidston Fold and
Similar People  Hugh Padgham, Laura Ashley, Kirstie Allsopp, Tom Fletcher
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Organization  Cath Kidston Limited

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Catherine Isabel Audrey "Cath" Kidston, MBE, (born 6 November 1958) is an English fashion designer, businesswoman and author whose company, Cath Kidston Limited sells home furnishings and related goods through shops, online and by mail order. She is particularly known for her nostalgic floral patterns and has also published a number of books.

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Family background and early life

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Kidston's grandfather Glen Kidston was a successful racing driver for Bentley in the 1920s, who was married to Nancie, Samantha Cameron's paternal grandmother. Kidston's uncle is the former chairman of Christie's Charles Henry Allsopp, 6th Baron Hindlip and his daughters, television presenters, Kirstie Allsopp and Sofie Allsopp her cousins.

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Raised with three other siblings near Andover in Hampshire, Kidston was educated at a number of English boarding schools, before moving to London aged 18. She was employed by socialite Nicky Haslam before setting up an interiors business with a friend, then opening her own shop.

Career

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Kidston opened her first shop in London's Holland Park in 1993, selling hand-embroidered tea-towels and brightly renovated furniture. She later described it as a "glorified junk shop". By the end of 2013, she had 136 outlets, including a flagship store on Piccadilly next to Fortnum & Mason and four stores in China. Appearing on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs programme, Kidston described her shops as provoking a 'Marmite reaction': "People either love it and want a little bit of it very much, or want to stab us." In 2010, she sold a majority stake of the company to private equity investors TA Associates, retaining a minority stake and remaining the company's Creative Director.

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Prince George of Cambridge wore one of her outfits, which quickly sold out.

Collaborations

Kidston has worked with Milletts to design tents (2005–6), Nokia/ Carphone Warehouse mobile phones (2006), and Roberts radios (2005 onwards). In 2008, she collaborated with Tesco to produce shopping bags made from plastic bottles, which were sold to raise almost £500,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and saved about six million plastic bottles from landfill.

Personal life

Kidston's partner is record producer Hugh Padgham, whom she met as his decorator. They have homes beside the Thames in West London, and in Gloucestershire. She has a step-daughter. Kidston has two pets, a Sealyham terrier named Stanley and a Lakeland terrier named Billie, who feature in her designs. Kidston is dyslexic. Both her parents died of cancer, and she was diagnosed with breast cancer, aged 37.

References

Cath Kidston Wikipedia


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