Hi, I’m Kate Box
I am an independent knitwear designer, passionate about blending contemporary design with traditional craft. Following a career in London working with industry greats including Orla Kiely, Kay Cosserat and Julia Pines, I launched my own knitwear label.
Working from my home-studio nestled in the beautiful South Downs, I hand-make each garment on my 1970’s Brother domestic knitting machine. Softest lambswool and contrasting panels with a pop of vibrant colour create my signature look.
As a yarn purist, I absolutely delight in working with wool. A highly-versatile, renewable fibre with the most wonderful texture and softhand feel, lambswool is available in an array of beautiful colours. And because it’s a natural fibre, the colours have a real quality to them.
It gives me immense pleasure to hand-make quality, traditionally-crafted pieces to be enjoyed every day, not just for best.
My knitwear collection reflects my love of colour. I am constantly inspired by my surroundings. Beautiful ceramics, striking tiles, old illustrations in books, changing seasons – each presents a variety of colours, textures and delights for the senses. I love to explore and create unusual colour combinations, balancing them with soft neutrals. Achieving an interesting mix and proportion of colour is what it is all about.
I love nothing more than losing myself in knitting. My perfect day would be knitting in my studio, listening to Radio 4 with a pot of freshly brewed coffee on the go. Absolute bliss.
Where it all began
For as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by creativity and colour. I come from a very artistic family, and I was inspired and encouraged from a young age.
After completing an Arts foundation course at Winchester School of Art, I went on to specialise in knitted textiles at the Chelsea College of Art. During my time here, Kay Cosserat and Julia Pines had a tremendous influence on my design style, taste, and passion for knitwear and colour.
I then completed an MA in knitwear at the Royal College of Art. At my final show, I was spotted by Tanya Sarne from Ghost and offered a placement with them which helped to bridge the gap between study and work. In 2003 I went to work closely with Orla Kiely on her knitwear and bag collections, until I had my daughter in 2007.
Now an independent designer, I am also a Trustee of the Kay Cosserat Bursary Scholarship which is awarded to a final year Royal College of Art student every year.