Kate Spade is the founder of the designer brand kate spade NEW YORK.
Katherine Noel Brosnahan was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1962. Some twenty years ago, while majoring in journalism at Arizona State University, she worked in a motorcycle bar. After college, she worked in the accessories department of Mademoiselle magazine in Manhattan (she was then known as Katy Brosnahan) where she met her longtime boyfriend Bradley Carvette who worked in the art department.
Although they never dated at college where they were ""just friends"", she met her husband Andy Spade while at ASU, working side by side as salespersons in a clothing store. It wasn't until many years later when they met up again in NYC that they started dating. He grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is the older brother of comedic actor David Spade. Together, Andy and Kate began their New York-based design company in 1993, selling mainly handbags but have now expanded to fashion accessories, stationery, and bed linens. Jack Spade, a fictional name, is the men's brand of kate spade. Its founder and principal designer was Andy. In recent years, kate spade has been featuring designs and special editions by other guest designers and is no longer the solo artistic vision of the husband and wife team.
There are 25 kate spade boutiques around the world. There are currently 16 in the United States, 5 in Japan, 3 in Hong Kong, and 1 in the Philippines. The Neiman Marcus Group Inc. owns a majority interest in kate spade. In 2004, Women's Wear Daily reported that kate spade had sales of $125 million. It was predicted that in fiscal 2005, sales could reach and surpass $200 million.
kate spade handbags have become very fashionable and display a peppy personality and preppy flair. Their colorful designs and famed nylon bags have become highly-desired items, which make them seemingly common and have become a mall-girl staple and no longer exclusive or rare. In an article on fake handbag sales in New York City's Chinatown, the New York Times famously criticized the very simple boxy shape of the women's handbags, which make them very easy for counterfeiters to copy.