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May 30 2011

AW11 Press Day: If There Was A Cath Kidston Museum…

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…it would most certainly look like this!!!

Last week I had the great pleasure of checking out Cath Kidston’s ‘Modern Heirlooms’ aka their autumn/winter 2011 press day. They even had an exhibition map, gift shop – more commonly known as a sample sale, as well as a café.

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Located in The Vaults at The RSA, it really was the perfect location for this quirky British brand, known for its prints, vintage fabrics, and a modern re-working of traditional English country house style. For some, everything in their homes has to be Cath Kidston, and after seeing what they have to offer I can see why.

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Birds feature heavily in the bag collection, with this British Birds Needlepoint Frame Bag, £65, being the stand-out piece; the collection draws on autumnal hues and uses needlepoint, velvet and leather, with floral, dots and tartan prints. A glorious collection.

Christmas:

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I love Christmas, yes I am a child, and please can I have my table decorated like this!!!! I love the owl tea cosy, £20; the reindeer paper decoration, £5; and the Christmas bird print on absolutely everything from aprons to napkins.

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The Study:

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With all exhibitions there has to be an interactive element, and for The Study you had to look through peep-holes. I spied some amazing items from Gnome printed glasses, floral printed radios, note pads, bin and even the wall paper, and even knitting needles.

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Kids:

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There were lots of goodies for the kids, from dinosaur prints for the boys to pretty ballerinas for the girls.

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How cute is this floral case and breakfast set – LOVE!

Fashion:

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I am not sure when Cath Kidston introduced clothes to their collection, I know the label more for its accessories and quirky statement gift selection, but I loved the choice for AW11. With cute knitwear featuring gnomes, floral tea dresses, heavy-duty coats made of sheepskin, check shirts, and the most amazing collection of gloves, hats and shawls. Prices range from around £25 for gloves and hats, to £65 for jumpers and cardigans, and the most expensive item I could see was the Sheepskin coat for £495.

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Two finally pieces to share as I adored them. First up is this Retro Flowers Gypsy Sewing Wagon, £50, perfect for storing all your threads and buttons, or if you are me anything and everything!!! The second item is this Crystal Stanley Brooch, a cute item and only £22.

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The museum experience finished with a lighting display on the floor and a gorgeous chocolate muffin in the cafe.

Perfect day out!

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  • http://twitter.com/luvfashionista Neandra Etienne

    I was there too (nice choice on the Needlepoint bag, I had to take a picture of it too) I was really disappointed that you couldn’t actually physically go into the Sewing room. I didn’t even bother to take any pictures from the holes, as I didn’t think they would come out ok. But hats off to you your photos look good :-)
    Did you buy anything in the sale?

  • http://www.fashionistabarbieuk.com Fashionista Barbie

    So many nice things, I bought a straw bag, and lots of bits for my friend who is obsessed with Cath Kidston. Did you get anything?