Kidston trained as an interior designer under the society decorator Nicky Haslam before branching out on her own, and switched her attention to retailing after opening her first store in 1993. Selling vintage fabrics and salvaged furniture revived with a lick of brightly coloured paint, its wares were a hit with housewives in London's exclusive Holland Park neighbourhood. Then a mistake made during an order left her with more duvet covers than she could sell. Kidston took to her sewing machine and transformed the surplus bedlinen into cushions, washbags and padded coathangers, and the homewares business was born. (Garside, 2013b).
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