2013 September 19

From The Daily Coterie: Kate Spade

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The final day of the Coterie trade show has arrived, but your Daily has all the inside info on the exhibitors who have been hard at work these past three days. Check out the intel we got on Who's Showing this year!

Deborah Lloyd, Chief Creative Officer, Kate Spade

Tell us the history of the brand, please!

It all started as a small handbag brand by Kate Spade back in 1993. After Kate and Andy Spade left the company, I came on board in 2007 with our CEO, Craig Leavitt.  We wanted to grow into a full lifestyle brand. The evolution has been incredible. In just a few short years, we’ve launched so many new categories. Twenty years ago, you could only find handbags and now you can find jewelry, watches, beauty, tech accessories, eyewear, footwear, and home. We can also be found all around the world, from Brazil, to the Middle East, to Japan.

Do you have a favorite pattern?
Always a floral.

If you weren’t designing, what would you be doing?
I would be a florist!

Naughty snack of choice?
Cadbury milk chocolate.

Favorite color?
[Crayola’s] Shocking Pink.

Thoughts on people who wear just black?
Be a devil and add a pop of color!

Dream vacation?
Somewhere with Caribbean sea breezes.

Coffee or tea?
Both!

Are you neat or organized?

Organized.

What’s the next handbag you have your eye on?
Our new Cheri—in many colors.

What’s one accessory every woman should own?
A fabulous cocktail ring.

What’s your favorite day of the week and why?
Saturday. It’s my own day to do what I want.

Who was your mentor?
My old boss at Burberry, Michele Smith, who is a powerhouse of knowledge.

What’s the one beauty item you’ll never give up?
Pink lipstick.



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