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For a feature on Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Kate Walton owner of HaveToLove Boutique let the readers of The Journal into a place she has always called home.
Kate Walton, 26, opened exclusive fashion store HaveToLove in 2006 in Gosforth, Newcastle. She won a prestigious national award for business just a year after opening. Kate made a name for herself in the fashion industry by launching her own brand of designer handbags. She discovered her talent for designing after studying fashion marketing at Northumbria University.
Success at Graduate Fashion Week 2004 with her range havetohold led to her handbags being in the wardrobes of Victoria Beckham, Peaches Geldof, Sophie Anderton and Cheryl Tweedy.
Where do you live? Gosforth
How long have you lived there? Two years
What's your dream home? A quaint cottage with a country walled garden or a barn conversion in Surrey or Northumberland.
How do you get around? (walk, car, public transport, private jet?) I have a convertable beetle, but i walk alot.
What is your favourite part of the North East? Corbridge, the beaches in Northumberland and the fabulous Northumbrian countryside.
What is your favourite building in the region? I really like Grey Street, all of the buildings down there. I also love the Waterstone's building and Belsay Hall in Northumberland.
What is the best holiday you've ever had? It was two weeks in St Barts in the Caribbean followed by two weeks in Barbados.
What is the favourite thing in your home? My magenta pink sofas! Or possibly my bed.
If you could have one luxury, what would it be? An around the world trip to visit everywhere! I want to go to the Great Wall of China, Fiji, The Cook Islands, back to Australia, New Zealand, Rio and South Africa.
What are you working on at the moment? I am currently buying at the moment in Milan, Paris and London.
Who or what is the love of your life? Dolly the Bolognese and Patrick the Airdale!
Where is your favourite place in the North East? Corbridge
What is your favourite shop? HaveToLove of course! I also like Stewart & Co in Jesmond.
What is your favourite restaurant? Costes Hotel Restaurant in Paris, Le Ti St Barth, St Barts.
Favourite Pub? The Angel at Corbridge
Favourite Meal? A really good traditional Sunday roast
Are you any good at cooking, do you spend much time in the kitchen? Yes, I cook alot and I like to entertain.
What was the last play or film you saw? I went to the Opera in Verona, which is definitely worth a visit. It's magical.
What book are you reading at the moment? Cecilia Ahern P.S I Love You
What are you listening to on your Ipod/CD player at the moment? The Hoosiers, Kylie, Classic Madonna, The Fray and Amy Winehouse.
What is your favourite TV programme? Planet Earth, Superszie vs Superskinny and Little Britain.
What are you proudest of? HaveToLove and HaveToHold winning Best New Business at the Drapers Awards 2007
When and where were you happiest? Surrounded by my family and friends or lying in the sun on the beach
Do you have any wisdom to share? Always strive for what you believe in and never look back
What does the future hold? Expanding the 'haveto' brand
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