Cath Kidston set up her Notting Hill shop in 1993 selling antique furniture and fabrics, becoming a hit with her largely female clientele when she designed a homeware range. Distinctively decorated with floral prints, the items have tapped into the “modern vintage” trend, and can be seen on items from key rings to Apple iPhone covers. The company gained further exposure this year when it appeared at the Vintage at Goodwood festival. TA Associates backed a majority buyout in March that valued the company at £100m. Sales rose 60% a year, from £12.4m in 2007 to £50.4m in 2010.
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