For so many of us at who are now at midlife, buying a Kate Spade bag as a rite of passage, a sign of style and success in the 90s when the shapely, label-showing bags debuted. Was yours an Audrey Hepburn-worthy navy one? Or a joyous striped number?
For decades after, anything with a Kate Spade label signified a just perfect blend of cool and classic; of chic neutral and Palm Beach bright colors…something that would give us a dash of beauty and confidence. We loved the smiling woman behind the brand, too, for her innate fashion sense and entrepreneurial smarts. For having a company that soared to billion-dollar status (she sold it over a decade ago) and for seeming to have a rock-solid marriage. Those who were ferocious fangirls drooled over Kate’s apartment –where her daughter’s artwork hung next to iconic paintings–as showcased in design magazines, and delighted to know that she was starting a new accessories venture.