I just arrived from our short vacation in Turkey and look what greeted me: the news that Cath Kidston has opened in Riyadh! Finally! I’ve been waiting since I saw their store being built in Olaya Street. Shoegarfreeruby was the one who introduced the brand to us a few years ago. We got hooked with the retro-ish yet dainty designs but we could only buy Cath Kidston stuff through online shopping before. Imagine our delight now that the store is already here… the first shop in Saudi Arabia! Jetlag and all, I had to visit the store pronto!
Cath Kidston is a brand that started in Holland Park in 1993 by Catherine Isabel Audrey “Cath” Kidston (yup, hence the name). Cath is a designer, a businesswoman, and an author known for her nostalgic floral patterns and childhood English cottage designs. What started as a “glorified junk shop” is now a popular brand for beddings, fabrics, kitchen stuff, bags and wallets, kids’ clothing and accessories and more.
When I entered the store, I couldn’t keep myself from gasping. Aaaah I can hold and touch the products live! Hahaha! But first, I need to take photos of them so that I can share them with you. Prices are a bit steep; from what I can deduce from the prices on the store compared to the prices online, the difference is around SR 10 to 15 riyals depending on the item. Not bad if you consider getting them online where shipping fees can make a huge dent in your wallets. (Excuses to shop, haha!)
Let’s begin with the bags that made Cath Kidston popular:
The stationery corner is where I want to live forever. LOL. Kidding. It’s my favorite space in Cath Kidston and if money (and reason) is no object, I would have hoarded the notebooks and pencils and folders.
The kitchen must-haves:
And the bathroom essentials:
The store has a whole array of kids’ apparel and accessories too.
All in all, I’m pretty satisfied with what Cath Kidston has brought to their first store in Riyadh. I might have to save up to get the items that I really, really want… or might as well wait for the sale season. Haha!
Olaya Street (opposite Luisa Spigloni, new Alakaria Mall),
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia