We honored designer and entrepreneur Kate Spade as a Glamour Lady of the 12 months in 2002, and the beneath profile ran within the December 2002 problem of Glamour. Like lots of her followers, we had been shocked and saddened by the information of her demise, and can at all times bear in mind her vivacious persona—and her unbelievable sense of fashion.
About 10 years in the past, aspiring designer and former style editor Kate Brosnahan went to see a material producer searching for the right materials for a line of purses she needed to provide. “You’re a fairly younger woman,” he informed her. “Why don’t you cease this nonsense about beginning a enterprise and go house and make some infants?” Her response? The $70 million accent empire Kate Spade, based in 1993 by Brosnahan and her boyfriend (now husband), Andy Spade. Over time, Spade’s enterprise has grown from these first six bag designs to incorporate sneakers, stationery, eyeglasses, and extra.
This yr Spade tackled her riskiest new enterprise but, teaming with magnificence powerhouse Estée Lauder to create a line of bathtub and physique merchandise, together with a honeysuckle perfume. “It’s essentially the most private factor I’ve executed,” she says—and ladies clearly love Spade’s private contact. “Kate Spade Magnificence is so successful story that we’ve got doubled our unique gross sales projections,” says Pamela Baxter, president of specialty teams at Estée Lauder Corporations.
The hardworking Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, native takes this newest success in stride. “If you happen to’re as trustworthy and honest as you will be, not solely in enterprise however in life, issues will work out,” she says. “I hope that individuals bear in mind me not simply as a very good businesswoman however as an awesome good friend—and a heck of lots of enjoyable.”
Stylist: Debora Francis; Prop Stylist: Deborah Williams; Hair: Robert Sherman for Frederic Fekkai; Make-up: Kim Carrillo for Judy Casey.
This profile initially ran within the December 2002 problem of Glamour.