Kate Spade was born Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan Spade, on December 24, 1962. She was an American fashion designer and entrepreneur, best known as the founder and co-owner of the Kate Spade New York designer brand. From an early age, Spade showed an interest in fashion and writing, and she developed a special taste for all fields as her career took off. Working as a fashion editor, designer, and later author of related literature, she stormed the world with her seductive style and business acumen. Today she is considered a talented visionary, and we take pleasure in celebrating her feats with you on her special day!
Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan Spade
Kate, Kate Valentine
December 24, 1962
June 5, 2018 (age 55)
Katherine Noel Valentine Brosnahan Spade was an American fashion designer whose talents set her apart. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and was of Irish descent. Spade attended Arizona State University, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism in 1985.
In 1986, Spade worked in the accessories department at “Mademoiselle” magazine, and left her post as Senior Fashion Editor in 1991 to create her own brand. She and her former boyfriend, Andy Spade, founded Kate Spade New York, in January 1993; as an accessory brand, it became very popular in the ‘90s, and many owned a Kate Spade handbag. Soon, it expanded from exclusively selling handbags to clothing, jewelry, shoes, eyewear, fragrances, and stationery. By 1996, Spade opened her first boutique in Manhattan’s SoHo district, later branching out to Kate Spade Saturday, which carried more casual apparel, and Jack Spade, a menswear line. Both ventures were discontinued in 2015. In 1999, Spade sold 56% of her company’s stake to Neiman Marcus Group, which took the business to global reach. In 2004, a home collection brand called Kate Spade At Home was launched, as well as a store in Japan. In 2006, Spade sold the remaining 44% of her company to Neiman Marcus, which later sold the label to Liz Claiborne Inc. before it was finally purchased by Coach, Inc.
Spade took some time off to cater to her family, but in 2016 she launched Frances Valentine, a luxury footwear and handbag brand. A successful design mogul, Spade shared the perks of her success with friends and family. She lived a private life and married Andy Spade in 1994. The couple had a daughter in 2005. On June 5, 2018, Spade was found dead in her apartment, having committed suicide. She is remembered by her husband, daughter, and many friends.
Spade finds a job in the accessories department at “Mademoiselle” magazine.
Spade and her husband launch the company Kate Spade New York.
The Kate Spade brand opens its first boutique in Manhattan’s SoHo district.
Spade launches the home collection brand.
Spade creates her new luxury handbag and footwear brand.
Why We Love Kate Spade
She was a visionary
Spade aimed to fill a gap in the market by creating bags and accessories with fresh designs. Her items became known and loved for their distinct features.
Her death created awareness
Upon her death, it was revealed that Spade had suffered anxiety and depression. Her death by suicide sparked awareness of mental health.
She was talented
Spade was a highly talented designer. Her pieces were owned by millions worldwide.
5 Surprising Facts
She met her husband while working
While in college, Spade worked at Carter’s Men Shop in Phoenix, where she met her husband, her co-worker at the time.
Her husband contributed his pension
To support their business, Andy withdrew his 401(k) pension plan to pay employees.
She was an author
Spade published three different books on etiquette, entertainment, and fashion.
David Spade was her brother-in-law
Spade’s husband and the comedian are brothers.
She was living apart from her husband
A few months before her death, Spade and her husband were no longer living together.
Kate Spade FAQs
Who owns Kate Spade now?
The brand is owned by Tapestry, Inc.
How long did Kate Spade battle depression?
According to her husband, Spade suffered from anxiety and depression for over five years.
What age group is Kate Spade for?
The brand’s clothes and accessories are aimed at women between 25 and 44 years of age.
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