Kate - the designer

born to New Zealand and Trinidadian parents at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island, and growing up on the beautiful Otago Peninsula, I discovered a knack and a love for creating, and a thirst for understanding why we wear what we wear.

as a self-taught sewer, learning on Mums untouched sewing machine, I started creating gifts for family (some of which are still around!), and a few years later, started to pattern draft and construct my own clothing.

after graduating from the Fashion & Design School at Otago Polytechnic in 1999, I moved from Dunedin to Auckland to start my career in fashion. Beginning as a manual pattern maker/grader and sample/ production cutter at various labels, and seeing how ‘easy’ it was to build an apparel label, I launched my self named label in 2002.

After 5 years, I decided to explore the world and in 2008, I moved to London, England, to live in what I think of as THE Fashion Capital of The World. I also found myself traveling to places I never would have thought. Mainly solo, which I feel allowed me to absorb more of the country and culture.

this led to exposure of incredible people and personalities, fascinating cultures, customs and ways of life and I discovered what self expression, honesty and integrity truly means to me.

Returning to Auckland in 2010, I realized that I missed being surrounded by masses of people and while I love New Zealand (and always will, as it is truly home!), with the vast array of people within these beautiful islands, I was itching to get back out into the world to travel. In early 2013 I applied for a Canadian Visa, packed my bag, and on my way, went in search of my Caribbean roots.

Looking back, I have come to realise that it is this age-old search for self, the Who am I? What am I doing here? Is this where I am supposed to be? questions, that made me re-think what I thought of as home, as defining me, when really I could be any where in the world and be home.

After settling in Vancouver for the past 4 years, the need for creating my own line once again, became too strong to ignore and so kate&frances was born.

as an acute observer of the world around me, where self expression and freedom can sometimes seem too unobtainable, but yet obtainable, I find myself the creator of a collection of select designs, where I can express my own self, which is my freedom. This is my home.