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 beauty collection.
In 1996, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) honored Kate Spade¹s classic designs with the Perry Ellis Award for New
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.