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Where: 505 Holderness Road, Hull
It sells: Bags, cards, gifts and fripperies.
Open: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm; Saturday,10am to 4pm
Call: 01482 707249 www.facebook.co.uk/scruffylittlecat
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A part from a love of plastic surgery and an addiction to reality TV, what do Kerry Katona, Amy Childs and Katie Price have in common?
Well, like apparently most of the world, they are all proud owners of a bag by Holderness Road's very own Scruffy Little Cat – the boutique of choice for the fabulous.
Shop Spy headed down to east Hull to see what else is on offer in a store dedicated to the girly girl in all of us.
There are some stores that do not have a clear direction of what they are offering the consumer, but Scruffy Little Cat is very sure of what it is: feminine and fabulous.
The windows, which feature elegant dressing tables and enamel birdcages, look fantastic – striking and eye-catching – and the décor is creamy and professional.
There is no doubt that you are entering a haven of femininity as soon as you step inside Scruffy Little Cat and I guess how you react to that will totally depend on how much you embrace the girl within.
I can imagine it is the kind of place that could easily overwhelm the males among us, but that is OK as this is not really a shop that is aimed at them (unless they are looking for a gift, in which case I am sure they will be warmly welcomed and pointed in a number of eminently sensible directions).
You cannot write anything about Scruffy Little Cat these days without immediately talking about the personalised canvas bag for which the store has, quite rightly, garnered national acclaim. Each bag is individually crafted to your specification, featuring a glamorous caricature and a name, before being given a glittering finish.
As stated above, Katie Price and Amy Childs have both been featured with their own bags (which start from £25 for a shopper and £15 for a small) and you may well have spotted any number of similar designs around the city centre and wondered where they came from – well it is here. The store also offers individualised cards, which are great for weddings and special occasions as they definitely offer a personal touch.
As well as the bag and card service, however, the store also has a lovely array of gifts for every occasion, from baby shoes to soft toys by the likes of jellycat (from about £10) and beautiful rag dolls.
Scruffy Little Cat also has such fripperies and frivolities as toiletries, candles and fairy dust. All in all, if you are in touch with your feminine side, then Scruffy Little Cat is the store for you.
Did I Buy?
Not this time, but that was more because I was not sure what I wanted rather than because there were not beautiful things within.
I think I am going to come back and order a small bag for my daughter from Father Christmas, although, as I am sure demand will be high, I am not going to leave it too long.
Staff and service
It is always nice when an independent shop offers the kind of individual service you expect and Scruffy Little Cat does not disappoint. Friendly and welcoming, the store would make everyone feel at home.
Fabulously feminine and utterly frivolous, Scruffy Little Cat is a fantastic little find in Holderness Road. The store is becoming increasingly well-known for its personalised canvas bags, but offers much more and is well worth a visit if you are looking for inspiration for the female members of the family – no matter how big or small.
Situated in an area that may not immediately spring to mind as a retail destination, Scruffy Little Cat is well worth a trip down Holderness Road.