Bright, inviting and outsider; Love Kat by Kat Rose is a hand drawn masterclass in how to enjoy and wear maximalism. The combination of colour, expressive drawings and imperfect…perfectness is so pleasing and is the reason Kat has become a go to textile artist for customised clothing. I could say so much more, but for those that know me will know how up my street Kats’ work is and for those that don’t… I LOVE HER WORK. FYI clothing that screams something about the wearer as well as the maker makes me very happy.
When Minimalism and the perfectly curated ‘look’ appears to be the trend, it’s refreshing to see someone creating something authentically them self . I honestly cannot wait to see where Kat takes Love Kat, see what she has to say below!
- Tell us about yourself and your brand.
Hi I’m Kat and I make one of a kind hand-drawn party pants and dresses (that you can also wear to Tesco!)
- What are your Inspirations? (music, people, movements, design etc etc etc )
Kids drawings (I collect them and have a huge binder full of them), Aya Takano, Kewpie Dolls, Megan Thee Stallion….. I’m in love with Batsheva Hays designs for Batsheva dress ,Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka , Heavn by Marc Jacobs, outsider artists…….I think my inspiration is country girl meets city starlet.
- Lets chat about social media- a hindrance or help?
A help in that I probably wouldn’t have a career without it , and I’d never had had some of the opportunities I’ve had. It’s also an incredible tool for social change and it’s empowering to see how social movements have been able to grow and bring about real change because of it. In the past year some of these groups I’ve discovered just by being on Instagram have opened my eyes to new ways of thinking so it’s very encouraging! It can be a hindrance too because the algorithm has made it very difficult for creatives and social activists to be seen/heard. It can also have a big impact on your mental health in quite devastating ways if you take it too seriously and I think a lot of people have come to realise that in the past year or so when we’ve been indoors and on our phones a lot more. I’m learning slowly but surely to take everything you see on instagram with a pinch of salt.
- Where would you like your business to be in a few years and do you have any advice?
I’d like to have a proper studio and an endless supply of jeans to draw on ~ working a full time job alongside running Kat Rose has been hard this year because i haven’t been able to do many drops for my store ! I’d love to be continuing to make dresses / jeans and bags and to do a collaboration with Heavn ! That’s such a dream. I also want to write a sitcom one day about being a fashion designer.My advice to young designers and artists is…. Don’t take everything your tutors say too seriously, don’t bother watching boring films made by boring men, eat lots of pasta, be sexy and take regular naps!
- Who are your favourite small businesses or creatives doing interesting things?
Oh god there’s so many! Here’s my top 13:
Juicy Chews~ @juicychews
Art House Meath~@arthouse_unlimited
Niad Art Center~@niadartcenter
Bleaq~@bleaq_ (they also have a store in Brick Lane!!)
Batsheva Hay~ @batshevadress
My friend Fred~ @fredashleighthornton
Lois Spooked ~ @lois.spooked ….. to name a few!!!