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The Journal Newspaper features an article surrounding HaveToLove's placement in Britain's Best Boutique in Vogue Magazine.
Boutique in Fashion Bible’s Top 50 Stores
Followers from fashion from across the country may soon be scouring the racks at Kate Walton’s stylish Newcastle Boutique havetolove.
The young entrepreneur’s shop in Gosforth has been included in Vogue’s roster of Britain’s Best Boutiques for 2010.Kate, 28, opened the store in Hawthorn Road in 2006 and has since been featured in the style sections of national newspapers.
With its range of fashion from London, New York and Paris, Havetolove is flying the flag for the North East in the fashion bible’s list of the best 50 smaller stores in the UK.
Northumbria University Graduate Kate Said:”It’s amazing. Vogue has about 30 to 40 million readers a month. It’s the magazine to be recognised in.”
Havetolove stocks items from designers American Retro, Gia London, Armand Basi and Olivia Rubin. Vogue writers informed the store it would be featured last December, leaving staff biting their lips for a few months. The edition praised the fact
“VIP customers are treated to a first look at the collections as well as charity events and fashion shows”
Customers travel from Carlisle, North Yorkshire and Scotland to visit the store and the business gets around 40 orders a week on its website.
Kate said: “We have really great personal service. There’s still a very niche market for boutiques in the region - a lot of places shut down during the recession and there aren’t many left. Department stores are great but you don’t get that personal service.”
Kate first came to the attention of fashionistas when she was nominated for the Topshop Accessory Award at 2004 Graduate Fashion Week. She had just graduated from a fashion marketing degree and was showcasing leather bags she had made in her parents’ barn just outside of Gosforth.
Kate received a £1,500 grant from the Prince’s Trust to get her started with the boutique. While Zurich International provided mentoring. She also had help from Business Link, Project North East and Arts Council. As well as the shop in Gosforth, Havetolove no has a website, which launched in September.
She said: “I chose Gosforth because when I was younger it was a really good place to be. Then it went through a stage when it was a little run down, but I saw a few nice coffee shops and some kids’ clothes and interiors stores and saw it had great potential.”
Havetolove was named Best New Business at the Drapers Award in 2007, and Kate was one of the magazines 30 under 30 for 2010, a list of the bed budding fashion talents in the UK. She now splits her time between manning the shop and searching for new styles to stock.
At the moment, she’s noticing a surge of interest in a demin hybrid known as “The Jegging".-“It’s a cross between a jean and a legging. We’re defiantly moving towards that sort of trend. Women want to look smart but they also want to look comfortable.”
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