Celebrating Ten Years!

Ten years ago Cabbages & Roses started life with a pot of pencils and two pink notebooks, belonging to its founders Christina Strutt and Brigette Buchanan – computers were barely invented at least in our world in the depths of the countryside.  All the catalogues were photographed by Christina using her poor children Kate and Edward as props and models and of course the two jack Russell terriers – Lilly and Cromarty.

And here we are 10 years later embarking on and entering into the world of blogging.

We hope to instill into our blog the essence of day-to-day life of this extraordinary company we have somehow created. Welcome to Cabbages & Roses’ blog. Next we shall address the world of Twitter.

It is a curiosity that so many people have embraced the Cabbages & Roses brand – it has become an entity of its own, we are all running to keep up with it, but it is growing handsomely and we are all very proud of what it and we have achieved during the first ten years of this century.

Our days are spent in the ‘cabbagepatch’ a beautiful converted barn attached to the Jigsaw UK buildings in Surrey, across the road from the famous botanical gardens of Kew.

We fill it with all the workings and creations and industry of the Cabbages story – at any one time there are three collections being worked upon, there is the stash of vintage and antique curiosities which are slowly fed to our shops and our concession spaces within the Jigsaw stores, there are fabric samples and trials, and then there is us, squeezed into our space, but reluctant to face the fact that we have outgrown our barn long ago. We will, we hope, feed the blog with snippets and cuttings from the world of Cabbages & Roses, we will show you what moves us, and the rich and varied life we lead in pictures and words.

We will show you how a beautiful sight or thought turns into a reality. We will share our catastrophes and our triumphs, our enthusiasms and our ideas.

AN IDEALIST IS ONE WHO, ON NOTICING THAT A ROSE SMELLS BETTER THAN A CABBAGE, CONCLUDES THAT IT WILL ALSO MAKE BETTER SOUP (H.L. MENKEN (1860-1956)

Stay in touch, and let us know if what we are sharing is what you want to see
and read, we would love to hear from you.

xxC&R

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  2. lana Says:

    Although I’m not entirely sure why you need a blog or even Twitter, I would like to thank you for making such lovely clothes.
    I have discovered them on Ebay and fell in love them on first sight when I visited Bath last summer and saw them “in person”.
    My wardrobe has since been filling up with C&R beauties, little by little, as my finances allow me :).
    I have also noticed that C&R have completely stolen the show and no other shop will now do now for me.
    At last someone has thought of making beautiful. wearable clothes, thick, warm skirts for winter and girly uncheap and unnasty ones for summer.
    At the age of 42 I am finally happy in what I am wearing, and even though I need to save up for them, every item its well worth the cost.
    I think I now have about 5 pleat and tie skirts!!!
    My only criticism would be to offer some shorter jumpers and tops as all the A line ones cut my figure into unflattering longer top half, so I had to shorten one.
    Also with the knee long tunics and dresses (eg. Peter Pan dress and crosses dress) could you leave the hem a bit longer so we can let them down as we don’t all have lovely slim legs like the girls that are modeling them…
    Finally, I noticed two dresses I was most keen on (round collar red check one from AW2009/10 and navy pleated long dress from this summer) have never been made .

    Again, keep making the beautiful masterpieces, you have made my every day even more special now…

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