Kate & Kate was founded by two lifelong friends, Kate Pascoe and Kate Pascoe Squires, who were lucky enough to become sisters-in-law. Kate Pascoe has a background in fashion retail, wardrobe and design, while Kate Pascoe Squires is experienced in the communications field. After struggling to find a range of blankets they liked, the pair have created an entire range of their own, made from cotton, that are both beautiful and durable. “We'd always had issues with blankets and throws,” says Pascoe Squires, “baby blankets that were too kitsch, too small, had no use past the infant stage… throws that were too busy, too expensive.”
Combining their skills, the pair works together to bring their vision to life, despite the geographical distance between their Melbourne and Sydney homes. Made in Delhi, every piece is fashioned around the perfect colour, shape and texture of the blanket. The collection includes fresh geometric prints, horizontal stripes, spots and a range of colours, are free from all harmful substances, and have a weight that is appropriate for both summer and winter. “If you don’t want to snuggle into it immediately, then it won’t make the cut. Our blankets are all about flexibility. They can be used wherever, whenever for whoever – bed, couch, cot, pram, indoors, outdoors. Snuggle in and get cosy,” says Pascoe Squires. The blankets are also all machine washable and safe to tumble dry.
Though they’ve only recently launched their online range, the two have big ideas for Kate & Kate’s future, including a woollen range for the winter months. “Hopefully we will have expanded our homewares offering to include things like bed linen, cushions, rugs, maybe even some crockery down the track. Who knows? We get excited about all kinds of things and discuss how we can bring them into our business in the future.”
Kate & Kate blankets are available online at kateandkate.com.au.