12 Brands That Kate Middleton Loves
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12 Brands That Kate Middleton Loves

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Ever wondered how the Princess of Wales built up her iconic wardrobe? The royal, who has snagged the top spot as the family’s most stylish member, is known for setting trends and wowing fans with her outfit choices. The secret? A network of trusted, talents designers spanning from luxury to high street. Below, we round up some of the brands that Kate Middleton loves.

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Brands That Kate Middleton, The Princess Of Wales, Loves

1. Paula Rowan

Glovemaker to the stars Paula Rowan is a hit with just about every well-known celebrity, from Ariana Grande and Nicola Coughlan to Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. While perhaps better known for her Avant Garde designs, which have attracted the attention of multiple Hollywood productions, it’s her more classic styles that seem to have captured the heart of Kate Middleton. You can see the princess wearing a pair of Paula Rowan opera gloves below, during the State Banquet hosted at Buckingham Palace for President Yoon Suk Yeol and First Lady Kim Keon Hee of South Korea.

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2. Catherine Walker

London-based design atelier Catherine Walker & Co has been the home of beautiful women’s tailoring and dressmaking since the 1970s (and has also kitted out Princess Diana and Lady Helen Taylor on previous occasions). Most recently, the Princess of Wales was spotted in a candy-apple red cape coatdress from the brand, which she wore for a ceremony at the Horse Guards Parade ground to welcome President Yoon Suk Yeol and First Lady Kim Keon Hee of South Korea to the UK.

EXPLORE: catherinewalker.com

3. Alexander McQueen

Often referred to as Kate’s go-to fashion house, Alexander MCQueen is known for its impeccable craftsmanship, smart tailoring and stunning evening dresses. The Princess of Wales famously wore Alexander McQueen gowns for her wedding to Prince William in 2011, as well as in her 40th birthday commemorative portraits.

EXPLORE: alexandermcqueen.com

4. Holland Cooper

Specialising in classic British design, Holland Cooper is another home-grown brand favoured by the royal. You can often catch the Princess of Wales in the brand’s sharply cut suits (we’re a massive fan of this pinstripe suit that Kate wears), winter coats and the occasional Fair Isle jumper.

EXPLORE: hollandcooper.com

5. Manolo Blahnik

You’ll rarely see the Princess of Wales at a royal event without a trusty pair of Manolo Blahnik heels on her feet. Kate has been a long-time fan of the London-based fashion label, and even wore its famous Hangisi pumps in her first official portrait with Prince William in 2022.

EXPLORE: manoloblahnik.com

6. The Vampire’s Wife

Regularly teamed up with her Manolo Blahniks is a glitzy gown from The Vampire’s Wife. Founded by former model (and muse to Vivienne Westwood, Bella Freud and Philip Treacy), Susie Cave, The Vampire’s Wife is synonymous with slinky silhouettes, rich colours and gorgeous textures. You can see Kate wearing a shimmering green dress from the brand in her portrait with Prince William.

EXPLORE: thevampireswife.com

7. Grace Han

Just like the late Queen, the Princess of Wales is also fond of a classic black handbag. One of her go-to designers on this occasion is Grace Han, a Taiwanese-British leather accessories designer known for her elegant craftsmanship.

EXPLORE: gracehan.shop

8. Barbour

It makes sense that the royal family would love the undisputed king of British countryside fashion, Barbour. From wax jackets (Kate owns a Winter Defence Waxed Cotton Jacket in olive green), casual gilets and jumpers to the odd pair of wellies, the Princess of Wales usually opts for the brand for any major outdoor activity she’ll be undertaking.

EXPLORE: barbour.com

9. Jenny Packham

While known primarily for her stunning wedding dresses, British designer Jenny Packham is also famous for her elegant evening gowns, day dresses and accessories. The Princess of Wales, who has worn both off-the-rack and bespoke pieces from the designer, tends to opt for a Jenny Packham dress for formal occasions and royal events – most notably, at galas, banquets and the occasional Eurovision appearance.

EXPLORE: jennypackham.com

10. Needle & Thread

If it’s an ultra-feminine gown you’re after, then Positive Luxury fashion brand Needle & Thread is one to keep your eye on. The Princess of Wales most recently opted for the brand at the 2022 edition of the Royal Carols: Together at Christmas concert, where she wore red sequined dress (before that, she wore the same gown at 2020 UK-Africa Investment Summit). You can still shop the exact dress here (available up to size UK 22).

EXPLORE: needleandthread.com

11. Mulberry

Another of Kate Middleton’s favourite handbag brands, Mulberry is a British heritage brand and the largest manufacturer of luxury leather goods in the UK. It’s suggested that the Princess of Wales owns no fewer than 12 Mulberry bags, as well as a number of coats and dresses from the brand.

EXPLORE: mulberry.com

12. Kiki McDonough

As for jewellery brands that Kate Middleton loves, look no further than fifth generation jeweller Kiki McDonough. The brand, which specialises in fine jewellery made up of dazzling colour combinations and timeless styles, is a favourite of the Princess of Wales – who is said to own over 20 pieces of Kiki McDonough jewellery in total, including 18 pairs of earrings and three necklaces.

EXPLORE: kiki.co.uk

Featured image: The Princess of Wales Kate Middleton visits RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023. She is pictured with school children for the first RHS Chelsea Children’s Picnic. (© RHS/Oliver Dixon)