Who is Kate Spade?


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Kate Spade, also known as Kate Brosnahan Spade, is a fashion designer who co-founded the fashion brand she named after herself, Kate Spade New York. Originally an accessories editor for "Mademoiselle Magazine," Spade started created handbags and then added other fashion items, which she still sells as of 2014.

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Born in Kansas City, Mo., Kate Spade attended the University of Kansas before transferring to Arizona State University, where she majored in journalism. Spade began work in the accessories department of "Mademoiselle Magazine" in 1986, where she worked for five years, eventually becoming a senior fashion editor and then head of accessories.

While at the magazine, Spade noticed that the current handbags women used were a little dull and lacked style, so she began researching how to improve on their look with fabrics, colors and ornamentation. Spade opened her first shop in New York City in 1996, and she began selling handbags to stores such as Bloomingdale's, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. As Kate Spade New York grew, the company's inventory expanded to other fashion items such as jewelry, shoes, clothes, stationary and a baby line. Fragrances, bedding, bath products, china, bedroom linens and eye wear were also added. Kate Spade is no longer associated only with New York; it is a recognizable brand all over the world.

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