Cath Kidston was eager to earn money at the age of 17, so she left school and had a series of jobs that ranged from dog walker, Laura Ashley model, and chocolate packer. Things changed dramatically for her when her father and mother died in quick succession due to cancer. She had to decide what she wanted to do.

She started collecting vintage fabrics and kitchenware and opened a small curtain shop in the late 1980’s. By 1993, she opened her first Cath Kidston shop.

She started collecting vintage fabrics and kitchenware and opened a small curtain shop in the late 1980’s. By 1993, she opened her first Cath Kidston shop.

Cath admits that in the beginning, her store was slow to take off. She called it Cath Kidston Household Effects, but when a man came in wanting to buy a weed whacker, she thought, “I’ve got this a bit wrong.”

Her Eureka moment came when she designed printed ironing board covers and they flew off the shelves. Her shop became full of things that were beautiful, but also useful.

Today Cath has over 100 stores all over the world, and her business is booming. We wanted to share her story because it reminded us of some young people we know!

“I’ve always been interested in houses and homes. From my earliest memories, I’ve liked re-arranging my room and was one of those children who was always re-styling my bedroom,” she recalls.

“I always loved to play shop, I loved trading, drawing and doing all the stuff I love to do today. All I’m doing is a grown-up version of what I did as a kid.”