Who We Are Since our launch in 1993 with six essential handbags, we’ve always stood for optimistic femininity. Today we’re a global life and style brand. Of course, there are plenty of handbags. But we also have clothes, shoes, jewellery, home decor and tech accessories—all things you want and use daily. We value thoughtful details. We think polished ease looks (and feels) chic. And to us, modern, sophisticated colors make a personal style statement all their own. Our style is synonymous with joy—and we like that. It’s these founding principles that define kate spade new york’s unique fashion POV within the tapestry house brands.
Our story began when... Kate Brosnahan Spade, an accessories editor at Mademoiselle, was frustrated she couldn’t find the fashionable, utilitarian handbag she’d been craving for years. She set out to design the perfect one working from her apartment. Kate made samples out of construction paper. She combined sleek shapes and colorful palettes in an entirely new way. Six versions of a bag called Sam debut in 1993 to rave reviews—sparking an accessories revolution.