and her husband and partner, Andy,
created kate spade in 1993. In addition to handbags, the world of
kate spade now includes a line of tabletop, bedding, and other
accessories for the home; shoes; glasses; social stationery; and a
In 1996, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)
honored Kate Spade¹s classic designs with the Perry Ellis Award for
Talent in Accessories Design, and again in 1998, as Accessory
Designer of the Year. In 1999, her handbags were exhibited at the
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for the first National Design
Triennial, celebrating excellence in American design.
This self-styled midwesterner lives in New York City with Andy
and their dog, Henry.