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 hadn’t been able to find. and so began a revolution in the accessories market.
over time, core values were reinforced by classic shapes and modern graphic elements, establishing a visual shorthand for the iconic american brand.
in 2007, kate spade turned the reins to design powerhouse liz claiborne, inc. deborah lloyd, formerly of banana republic and burberry, took the helm as president and chief creative officer with an aim to broaden the line while honoring the brand’s rich history.
craig a. leavitt, chief executive officer, joined shortly thereafter to realize the global potential of the brand and lead the development of all commercial endeavors.
today, you are able to find kate spade new york women everywhere—with dozens of retail shops, a thriving e-com business, 89 boutiques in asia, a new flagship in brazil and distribution in more than 400 doors worldwide. categories include handbags, accessories, jewelry, shoes, apparel, eyewear, hosiery, tabletop, paper and fragrance.