Remembering Kate Spade We are incredibly saddened by the loss of the brilliant designer and entrepreneur Kate Spade. We are grateful she and her husband Andy Spade shared their story with us in 2017. The origins of the Kate Spade brand can be drawn back to a 1991 conversation at a Mexican restaurant, when Andy asked Kate, "What's missing in designer handbags?" Kate's answer was a simple modern-shaped handbag that launched the iconic fashion brand.
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Remembering Kate Spade

Remembering Kate Spade

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Founders of the Kate Spade brand, Kate &amp; Andy Spade.
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We are incredibly saddened by the loss of the brilliant designer and entrepreneur Kate Spade. We are grateful she and her husband Andy Spade shared their story with us in 2017. As a small tribute, we have decided to re-post the interview.

The origins of the Kate Spade brand can be drawn back to a 1991 conversation at a Mexican restaurant, when Andy asked Kate, "What's missing in designer handbags?" Kate's answer was a simple modern-shaped handbag that launched the iconic fashion brand.

For more on Kate Spade's life and legacy, visit NPR's the two-way blog and listen to a remembrance on NPR's All Things Considered.

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