London-Boutiques: Can you tell us a bit about the area your boutique is in?
Kate: Spitalfields is a wonderfully vibrant area, it's where the City meets the East End – I love that eclectic and dynamic combination. It’s a mix of history and modernity, culture and style. I feel really connected to the silk weaving history of the area, way back when my family worked as wool weavers. It seems fashion and textiles are integral to the community.
What are your favourite local haunts?
The English Restaurant is great for a long lunch; The Hummingbird Bakery for naughty cupcakes mid-afternoon and The Golden Heart for a post-work drink.
Where do you go to source undiscovered designers?
I love going to small local events, openings and pop-up shops. The Dalston Department Store is good fun and my seasonal trip to Paris is a great way to find new gems for the store.
What’s your favourite thing about your boutique?
No two seasons are ever the same! We are always on the lookout for new niche labels and I love finding must-have staples from our firm favourites. The real highlight for me is meeting our lovely customers; it’s so great when people say: “I would never have picked that, but I love it!”.
If you didn’t own a boutique what would you be doing instead?
I can’t imagine doing anything else. As a former fashion buyer for Harvey Nichols and Harrods, I love the hands-on nature of the boutique. Running my own shop has been my long-held ambition.
Who is your London fashion icon and why?
I’d say local artist Tracey Emin for her urban, edgy style.
Do you have a secret talent?
I can whip up a soufflé as easily as boiling an egg!
What’s in your handbag?
Too much – I have a terrible habit of carrying a very big, very heavy bag. My current favourite is my Diane Von Furstenberg tote which is deceptively large. I can’t manage without my new iPad mini, a couple of MAC lipsticks and my Precious One perfume – created for the shop by my mother and perfumer, Angela Flanders.
When you have some spare time how do you treat yourself?
I’m a sucker for a film and love the little cinema tucked away downstairs at the Aubin store.