Christina’s distinguished fashion and home décor brand Cabbages & Roses sells to discriminating clients throughout the UK and Europe. A boutique brand with a signature “refined rustic” look and feel, Cabbages & Roses counts fashionistas and celebrities alike as faithful brand devotees, and has 26 retail locations throughout the United Kingdom. The fifth Cabbages and Roses book was published in March of 2010, and heralds the brand’s expansion into international markets and continued acclaim.
Born in 1954 and raised in London, Christina was educated at various convents until she eventually managed to escape as she turned 16 and embark on real life. Prior to Cabbages and Roses, Christina had only ever been employed by two establishments – the first, the eminent London department store, Fortnum & Mason, where she sold chocolates and the second, Vogue magazine, where she inadvertently climbed the career ladder from secretary to assistant Vogue Living editor, until choosing to leave the company in 1980 to marry.
Her career continued with freelance styling and interior decorating whilst living in the beautiful English countryside and raising her two children, Kate and Edward. Her love for country living soon translated into a new career.
Cabbages & Roses was born in 2000, with the help of friend and colleague from Vogue, Brigette Buchanan. When Brigette left the company in 2001, Christina continued on her own, and the mail order business continued to grow at a rapid clip.
Over the course of the next five years, Christina’s Cabbages & Roses expanded and its bi-annual collection of clothing is now selling in 23 Jigsaw stores across England. September 2009 marked the opening of 5 larger concept shops inside Jigsaw stores, each of which features the Home collection for the first time. At the same time another Cabbages & Roses lifestyle store debuted in London’s Northcote Road to great acclaim.
Christina has written four highly successful Cabbages & Roses signature books since starting the company. 2008 saw the publication of Cabbages & Roses Guide to Natural Housekeeping, which sold over 55,000 copies worldwide and has been translated into numerous languages. Cabbages & Roses at Home, which Christina co-authored with her daughter Kate, released in March 2010 and for the first time incorporates locations from both the USA and the UK, reflecting the brand’s growing international appeal.
April 2010 marked the 10th anniversary of Cabbages & Roses, as the brand expands into the retail markets of North America and Asia. Public awareness and the constant press coverage of the brand hit another high note in February when, Cabbages & Roses was short listed for Retailer of the Year with Homes & Gardens magazine. The publication of Cabbages and Roses At Home With Country was a landmark event for the brand, and for Christina, as she continues to create the signature look and feel that has become the trademark style of Cabbages and Roses.