Utility, wit and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of kate spade new york. as her world expands, her graceful, exuberant approach to the everyday is evident in every category she enters, from handbags and clothing to jewelry, shoes, stationery, glasses, baby and home.
it all started back in 1993, when kate brosnahan, a former accessories editor at mademoiselle, set out to design the sleek, utilitarian handbag she'd been craving for years, but couldn't find on the market. along with her husband, andy spade, they launched kate spade new york. and so began a revolution in the accessories market.
women and fashion editors alike quickly fell for kate's designs, which combined utility, simple silhouettes and crisp palettes. as the company grew, its core design values were reinforced by iconic logos and modern graphic elements, establishing a visual shorthand for the brand recognizable the world over.
in 2007, this iconic american brand was acquired by design powerhouse liz claiborne, inc. deborah lloyd, formerly of banana republic and burberry, took the helm as creative director and co-president that same year, with an aim to broaden the product line while honoring kate spade's core values.