to piggyback on my last post, i decided to delve into the life of kate spade. i will never forget my first kate spade “box” purse-with her little label on it. it still amazes me that’s what started the lifestyle brand that she has today.
there aren’t too many photographs of herself on the inter-webs, so i just picked my favorite things on her website currently.
-went to the university of kansas and tranfered to arizona state to study journalism
-in ’86 kate worked in the accessories department at mademoiselle in nyc–she worked there until ’91 (i used to LOVE that magazine!!)
-when she left the magazine, she was very passionate about the lack of sensible handbags and accessories in the marketplace
-in ’93 she and joel franklin launched kate spade handbags-then went into organizers, wallets, stationary, and china
-the irony of it is, she didn’t marry her husband, andy spade, until ’94–i guess she really put all her eggs in one basket
-her first store opened in soho in ’96 (one of my favorite retail stores-it’s the absolute “happiest” store i’ve ever been in)
-she had her first and only daughter, frances, in 2005
-she currently has 91 stores world-wide, and the one in atlanta is fabulous
*fun fact: she worked in a motorcycle bar in college