Kate Pierre is the designer, pattern drafter, cutter and stitcher behind the brand KATE&FRANCES.
With over 20 years of industry experience, she has worked around the world in a variety of roles and companies, but she now calls Vancouver home.
Of New Zealand and Trinidadian descent, Kate has always had a fascination for identity, self expression and the psychology behind fashion, and with her core values of honesty, integrity, creativity and representation firmly ensconced in her brand, Kate is proud and excited to present KATE&FRANCES.
clothing is a tool we use everyday to create our own identity, which in turns shows what we represent and helps us to connect to our beliefs and to those around us.
KATE&FRANCES came into fruition as Kate couldn’t find the style of clothing she felt expressed her true sense of self, in her new home city Vancouver, Canada.
So she decided to make it.
With a background in fashion, Kate set up her brand using knowledge that she had gained when she launched her first brand in the early 2000’s.
During her first year in Vancouver, Kate also noticed that there was a lack of Brown people, not only in the fashion industry, but also in Vancouver as a city.
KATE&FRANCES’ mission is not only to create functional, sustainable and classic pieces, but to also be a platform for representation of BIPoC creatives in Vancouver.
It’s all about how you feel in a KATE&FRANCES piece.
Crafting functional, sustainable fashion piece by piece.
Every order is designed, drafted, handcut and stitched in Vancouver, BC.
Using pattern techniques that reduce the number of seams, and therefore the amount of waste, and by cutting to order or in small batches is our way of incorporating sustainability into this brand.
Our styles are cut from a cotton/elastane blend that moves with you and the cut of our styles gives you the space and functionality to move around your day with ease.
We incorporate deadstock fabric when we can, however the fabric we often find is not to the KATE&FRANCES standard.
All of our styles can be made to your body measurements. Just select the ‘custom’ option in the drop down size menu and in the comments section at checkout, let us know your measurements. We will reach out if we require clarification or additional information.