In 1996, the first Kate Spade New York shop opened in New York. The first bag, a black, boxy waterproof handbag called the Sam tote, was sold in 1993.
Spade founded the company with her husband, Andy Spade
Andy Spade, the brother of comedian David Spade, co-founded Kate Spade New York in 1993. By 1999, they sold a majority stake of the brand to Neiman Marcus Group, which was later sold to Fifth & Pacific, formerly Liz Claiborne, in 2006. In 2014, Fifth & Pacific changed its name to Kate Spade & Company.
The Spades sold the company in 2007
"When we sold the company in 2007, it was really to focus on our family. It really was. It was a grind. I had just had a baby," Spade told CNBC in a 2016 interview, referring to her daughter, Frances Beatrix.
“Creatively, I felt like we had completed our task,” Andy Spade said.
She founded another fashion company, Frances Valentine
Along with her husband, Spade created Frances Valentine, a new accessories company that sells shoes and handbags directly online and through some retailers. The accessories from the company are considered more mature than Kate Spade New York accessories. The company is named after Spade's two grandfathers.