Kate Spade New York
For her last Kate Spade New York collection Deborah Lloyd chose to focus on a more functional but still elegant style. Rather than pop colors, this Fall/Winter 2018-19 line’s palette is composed of raw denim shades, and black and white, sometimes enhanced with light pink or burgundy. However, the collection has not lost its femininity: ruffles, studs, pearls and delicate embroidery embellish each piece in a beautiful swansong.
Kate Brosnahan founded the Kate Spade New York bag label with her fiancé, Andy Spade, in 1993. After working as a fashion editor at the magazine Mademoiselle, the designer wanted to launch a fun and affordable accessory brand. Her first collection only included six silhouettes that were all a hit. Two years later, the fashion house opened its first shop in New York. That same year, Kate Spade received the Perry Ellis Award for New Talent at the CFDA Awards. In 1997, she won the CFDA Accessory Designer Award of the Year.
In 1999, the couple sold a first 56%-stake of their company to Neiman Marcus before selling the rest of their shares in 2006. The same year, they sold the label to the Liz Claiborne group, who hired Deborah Lloyd as creative designer in 2007. Ten years later, the brand was sold to the Coach group, now named Tapestry.
Born in England, Deborah Lloyd had decided early on that she would work in the fashion industry. She first started in menswear with the intention to make a name for herself. Shortly after graduating, she joined the Byblos label, then worked for six years for Daniel Hechter, where she began in womenswear. She gained experience at Kenzo Jungle and Aquascentum, then spent six years at Burberry prior to Christopher Bailey. In 2001, she crossed the Atlantic to work at Banana Republic, then became creative designer at Kate Spade New York in 2007.