Kate Spade New York is the namesake brand of Kate Brosnahan Spade, a former accessories editor, who founded it in 1993. It all started with her quest to design the perfect handbag. With an artistic vision that combined sleek shapes and a unique eye for color, Spade set out to conquer the world.
Regular women and fashion editors alike fell for her fresh approach and, in 1996, the first Kate Spade shop opened in New York City's SoHo. Since then, the company grew to encompass not only handbags, but also stationery, shoes, beauty products, eyewear and a full women's clothing line.
Kate Spade New York also has a complementary brand geared exclusively towards men, named Jack Spade. Jack Spade, a fictional name, was founded by Andy Spade, Kate Spade's husband. The two brands were brought to life simultaneously by the husband and wife power-couple in 1993.