WATERER SPIERS COLLECTION 2011
Designer Kate Sheridan graduated with honours from the world-renowned CORDWAINERS College in 1997. She began earning her fashion-industry stripes as press-officer for ‘Patrick Cox’. Following that Kate went on to work with ‘Johnny Moke’ where she originated the concept for Johnny’s first-ever handmade jewellery collection, under the label ‘Moke Nowe’ featuring leather, ponyskin and antique glass beads. That collection attracted a great deal of high-profile press all over the world and was snapped up by several exclusive fashion retailers in Japan. Kate then went on to collaborate on collections for lingerie and leisurewear label ‘Shopgirl’ in London, creating top-selling ranges as diverse as ‘Babycham’ jewellery and a limited-edition line of trainers for Dunlop.
Growing in confidence and inspired by these design collaborations, Kate decided the time was right to turn her unique vision into something solid which could grow with her experience and talent. So, in 2001 her friend Helen Minns a graduate in textile design from St Martins and she launched their label ‘Sheridan + Minns’ at London’s Fashion Week to rave reviews. ‘Sheridan + Minns’ went on to retail in cutting-edge boutiques in England, all over Europe and in the Far East and garnered copious and highly favourable coverage from fashion and lifestyle publications worldwide.
Spring/Summer 2004 saw ‘Sheridan + Minns’ streamlined into ‘Kate Sheridan’ with extremely positive results. Since that debut, ‘Kate Sheridan’ the label has matured and developed into Kate’s instantly recognisable brand of offbeat, poppy and unique bags and accessories. Her twice-yearly collections continue to gain interest from fashion press and buyers alike. In the past six months, Kate has been asked to design a range of brand-new and exclusive fabric prints for super-hip chain ‘Urban Outfitters’ which have been very well received. She has also created her own diffusion line for England’s best-loved and brightest fashion retailer ‘TopShop’ which has been selling like the proverbial hot cakes!
The ‘Kate Sheridan’ brand continues to go from strength to strength in terms of sales and solidifying its identity and profile and is now available from stockists the world over including: ‘Broderna Erikssons Dammode’ in Sweden, ‘Order & Progress’ in Australia, ‘Fenwick’, ‘Graham & Green’,’ Labour of Love’ and, of course, ‘Urban Outfitters’ and ‘TopShop’ in London.