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  • 5.0 star rating
    1/6/2010

    I am such a fan of this shop, and it's a lovely place to pop into and have a look around even if you don't want to buy anything because everything in there is just so pretty and nice to look at. My mum absolutely loves the floral designs of Kath Kidston so I often pop in here to buy her presents, and although it's quite expensive there are some things you can buy which are very reasonable - for example decorated mugs for around £5-£6 which isn't bad at all.

    This shop is very much within the boutique high end style of Park Street and they have some very unique things in here that you wouldn't find anywhere else - people tend to recognize her designs too as they are very much a certain style, and very feminine.

    The branch itself is very quaint and quite small but they fit a lot of stuff in there so there's plenty to browse through, it's also very light and airy inside so there's a nice atmosphere. I would recommend this place especially to females, you might find some brilliant gift ideas in here too.

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/12/2009
    First to Review

    Over the last five years Britain has gone retro mad. The kitsch craze has swept the nation and our love of fifties and sixties design has made a comeback. No other shop in the whole of Bristol, or the UK for that matter, echoes the phenomena more than Cath Kidston.

    Cath Kidston is unashamedly the height of everything girlie: floral designs, pastel colours, fabrics, handbags and jewellery are in abundance here. But since it opened, its recognisable designs have been copied time and time again. And, sadly for Cath, these replica purses, bags and wallpapers are just as good and twice as cheap.

    Nevertheless, there's nothing like the original and a trip to this shop is bound to cheer you up no matter what your mood is. Everything in this store is value for money, given the quality, and the friendly staff are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

  • 2.0 star rating
    18/12/2009

    Walking into Cath Kidson was my idea of a terirble nightmare, an assault on my senses.

    Upon entry, it becomes clear that if you are not a girls girl, there's no point you being there. The sheer volume of overpriced floral designs and garish prints are enough to scare you off. For me it takes on the notion of  'twee', manipulates it to suit a modern market and churns it all out in bulk.

    If you like floral designs, then this might be right up your street. And I think Cath Kidson is doing well enough without me jumping on board.

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/2/2010

    I actually find this shop quite endearing. It's cute and quaint and sells some really good original things. I do understand the point that if you are someone who doesn't like flowers or pink then you will hate this shop, but nonetheless they sell some really good things that would be fantastic present for that great aunt of yours.

    To be fair I haven't got round to buying anything as it's really expensive. I'm saving my money for that something extra special I think.

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/4/2010

    Not that keen on the customer service in here, my search for the perfect butter dish is like the holy grail. There is a tea set in dainty blue I think is really cute and I wanted to ask if they had a matching butter dish. A sales assistant went past and I smiled at her and was going to ask but she sailed past without returning my smile though I had caught her eye. The store wasn't all that busy so this annoyed me and I ended up just leaving the store when I couldn't see what I was after.

    However if you are a sucker for girly florals, you really should check out Cath Kidson. The kids baby-gros are very cute and I love the little cases and brollys.

  • 3.0 star rating
    11/5/2010

    The Cath Kidston shop, full to the brim with kitsch, pretty homeware and gifts, has a cheerful if slightly smug, superior air to it.

    Apart from the pumps, which are lovely and come in floral and polka-dot designs, the women's clothing range is just bizarre - ranging from very plain cotton tops costing £30 (that you could buy the equivalent of in H&M for a fiver), to strange smock-like dresses that appear to espouse modesty over any form of glamour.

    In the baby clothes section, on the other hand, there are some really sweet things - such as the tiny baby-gros patterned with little yellow ducks that they have in stock at the moment.

    There is plenty of other stuff in this shop that I really like, too, including many of their umbrellas, wash bags, patterned tea towels, and tea pots - and I love the fact they have a range of traditional (if a little twee) picnic baskets. If you're the creative type, you can also buy patterned material here to make your own curtains or other household furnishings. But with all that said, I still find the Cath Kidston shop slightly smug and rather annoying.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/5/2010

    There are many places in Bristol where you can get Cath Kidston pieces, but the stand alone store only arrived last year. It is set up like a family home with nooks and crannies full of products.

    The store is very well set out; the first group of products are luggage bags and purses with a few hints of accessories and kitchenware.

    Next you move through to a clothing and toiletry area before going upstairs to the kitchen products.

    Cath Kidston is a clever company that is applying their signature floral styles to modern products like Ipod and Blackberry cases.

    Do not expect anything extraordinary from the service in store but there are more products on offer than you expect at first glance. The only negative to Cath Kidston is the price, although very good quality you do have to pay for it. However, more often than not my girlfriends desire for the products outweighs my hesitance about the price. Yay.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/5/2010

    Cath Kidston is a Marmite designer, plain and simple. Anyone who has visited one of her stores will agree and it won't take you long to decide whether or not your love or hate this shop, particularly if you have a Y chromosome.

    Although Cath Kidston products are now readily available online and in smaller, local retailers this Park Street store is the best place to go for a comprehensive range of products. Personally I like a touch of kitsch florals every now and then but even I'm surprised at what the colourful prints can be applied to. Oven gloves, pyjamas, lip balm, egg cups and luggage tags are just some of the ways you can bring a little Kidston into your life.

    Although this shop is great for homeware and gifts there is still the opportunity to try your hand at making your own creations with a plentiful selection of fabric towards the rear of the shop. From heavy cotton to wipe clean table coverings, the floral, polka dot and fruity designs are all here for you to purchase by the metre. Although expensive, the quality is great and this way you can make your own unique pair of  kitsch curtains or cushions.

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    5.0 star rating
    16/1/2009

    Really pleasant and large branch of the kitsch homeware empire. If you have a hankering for cowboy prints, floral patterns and general cuteness then look no further!

    Kitsch does come at a price and some things are relatively expensive but other things, such as the baby range are really not all that badly priced at all. I am especially fond of the cowboy stuff, which I buy for my sons.

    Don't go overboard though, less is definitely more when it comes to Cath Kidston!

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/12/2009

    This branch of the ever popular floral print designer stands in pride of place on possibly the best shopping street in Bristol, Park Street. Cath Kidson's vintage designs adorn the fabric of pretty much anything your heart could desire; cotton bags, wash bags, handbags and other homeware. Slightly expensive (well, it is a designer after all) Cath Kidson's pieces make for great gifts, especially in the run up to Xmas, if you fancy splashing out for something special. I was bought a cotton shopping bag from here for my birthday in the summer and it has lasted really well.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/7/2010

    Great shop for gifts and unusual things. They have some beautiful bags, lots of floral patterns. Good quality made items. Bright and colourful laid out store with friendly staff.

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