So I was lucky enough to get the chance to meet and interview the NATCATS. So here it is...words by Eilath Eroom.
1. What’s the best thing about being a NATCAT?
We have such an easy life. Nathalie spends hours and hours looking after us, making sure our furs are looking their finest and in style with the latest fashion trends. She makes sure we have enough of the freshest food and catnip. We can’t complain really.
2. So fashion’s important to you then?
Oh gosh yes! You can’t walk out of your flap and see another puss puss across the way with a better fur than you! Coz she be like: meeeouuur what is the meouuur is that? So yes, fashion is very important to us, but also the design behind our fur coats is great, as we get to see all the sketches and preliminary designs before anyone else…Obviously.
3. Who’s your favourite designer at the moment?
We LOVE Louise Lockhart a.k.a. the creator of The Printed Peanut. I mean she’s more of an illustrator than fashion designer… But we love her quirky style and bright colours. I think she’s even done a few cat things too. Yes, we like her.
4. What’s the cheekiest thing you guys have done recently?
Well the other week we were in the studio and we thought we’d have a go at doing some painting, you know like have a go at some of our own designs like. It was all going well until we found the gold paint and glitter – then things got messy… And I mean we were drinking stellars as well and then…well we made a huge mess – glitter all on the floor and walls and we covered ourselves in gold…Oh yeah, don’t forget the cat vomit in the pencil case… Nathalie was not impressed - no fish for a whole flip-sin week.
5. What’s your favourite meal?
Well we DON’T eat cat food – EVER. We only eat the freshest fish and chicken that Nathalie buys for us from Waitrose. I guess our favourite is smoked salmon, but its quite pricey so we only get it if we’ve not been misbehaving and being cheeky…well not too cheeky anyway.
6. What do you think about your creator, Nathalie?
She…ermmm…well she works hard, but don’t ever get on her grumpy side. She once made us sleep outside all night with no food and made us have baths, which we hate. Other than that she’s great. She always gives up sneak peaks of new and exclusive stuff what she’s working on, like and she always takes our opinions into consideration when she’s designing shizza.
7. I heard you found some boxes in the studio? What was that about?
Well I don’t know what you heard, but we were playing hide and seek, It’s a well know fact that NATCATS like boxes. It goes back to our ancestors 10,000 years ago when they used to go hunting and that. They can see out, as well as being protected by the good ol’ box. And they’re pretty fun for playing in. Maybe you should give it a try one day.
8. What are you plans for 2016?
We’re helping Nathalie to develop her patterns and designs so that she can earn us…I mean so that SHE can earn big dollar. Not for us or anything. We’re also thinking about doing a bit of art direction and maybe make some cute films of our friends that peeps gun love. So yeah bit of this, bit of that. .ya’know it’s a hard life being a NATCAT coz we so biz bizzy…Watch this space!