Spending her formative years growing up in conservative Switzerland, yet enjoying a multicultural heritage (Trinidad & Tobago, The United Kingdom and France), Cat Couture was exposed to a diverse range of musical influences. These ranged from Portishead and Massive Attack to classical composers that include Rachmaninoff and Fauré, together with vocalists such as Jeff Buckley, Julie London and Norah Jones. Her candid songwriting style was heavily influenced by lyricists who do not sugarcoat their words, in particular Amy Winehouse and Lilly Allen.
From a young age, Cat Couture started writing poetry, music, theatre scripts and spent much of her school breaks either in the art or dance studio. Feeling somewhat of an outsider, Cat Couture learned from early on to live life on her own terms, which is strongly represented in her music.