“ Kates Clothing is an online store specialising in gothic and alternative-style apparel and accessories. „
I adore Kate's clothing. From the age of 13 I have always been into the alternative, gothic culture, yet have never managed to find a UK based website which sells everything I like in one place. Normally many of the alternative websites are tacky and poorly encoded with pixelated pages and clothes that look like they came from a fancy dress shop. Not Kate's Clothing.
I stumbled across the website in 2007 when a friend recommended it to me. It now appears fairly high up on the list when you look for 'gothic or alternative clothing' in a search engine, such has popularity and awareness of the site grown.
The website is clearly laid out with a suitably chosen font which is clear and easy to read. Fortunately, despite being a more gothic site, the page design is not so dark you have to squint to read the writing, yet it still boasts an alternative, attractive design.
The range of clothes, footwear and accessories for both males and females is extensive and very different from your average gothic and alternative stockists who tend to stock the same items. I actually like the clothes on this site as they are a lot more tasteful and less like a transvestite in drag. You can perform searches in a variety of ways - by product, by price, by most popular.... it really is useful, practical and easy to navigate. The clothes are most excellent ranging from beautiful victorian steampunk style corsets for elegant evenings, to trashy but tasteful tutus and vest tops for going out. Not only this, but there are more sophisticated tailored style garments for those who like to carry the alternative look into a more high brow scenario like work for example. I have bought several items which could pass in my workplace.
Prices are phenomenal. It is doubtful that you would come across more reasonable prices in the gothic clothing scene. Even Camden market which occasionally stocks some of the items found here bump the prices up by at least 20%. Furthermore, Kate's Clothing regularly modify their site to account for new stock, which also means regular sales and clearout prices! This, I love! Delivery can take a few days, but you never have to wait longer than 3 - 4 days. This too is very low priced and returns are simple (not that you will need this option!).
Overall, I love Kate's Clothing and would recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative alternative store. It manages class but cult, alternative yet attractive, and elegant whilst excellently priced. Also fantastic for funky stockings, accessories and reasonably priced fancy dress attire.
Definitely my number 1 alternative store.