Stepping into the atelier of Catherine Walker & Co. in Bury Walk, a charming seven-
studio mews in the Chelsea area of London, is like stumbling upon the secret cache of a couturier, one with exceptional taste.
Cofounded in 1977 by Said Cyrus and his late wife, Catherine Walker, the business quickly caught the attention of women who were drawn to the clean lines and pure elegance of the couture designs. It is no surprise that these chic collections were favored by Princess Diana, who was known for her polished sense of style; she donned more than a thousand of the company’s creations over the years. The current Duchess of Cambridge is following in her late mother-in-law’s footsteps and is often seen in the firm’s designs, such as the stunning black velvet coat she wore for last fall’s Festival of Remembrance at Albert Hall.