Friday, January 14, 2011

On meeting Kate Spade


Kate in her office.
She's holding up a card which I made for her.

The first thing you see upon entering the office are these 3 clocks.
Kate was born in Kansas City, Lives in New York and draws inspiration from Paris.
I thought very clever.

While waiting for Kate to arrive this beaming young woman (undoubtedly an unpaid intern!) offers me a drink in a fabulous polka dot glass. Kate knows how to treat her guests.

Kate, Me and Winnifred Gallagher (Author of It's in The Bag which I illustrated)
Very bad hair day for me.

A salon wall at the time in Kate's store on Broome Street.

Below are the pics of Kate + Andy's home from The Selby.

Living room
Lots of intense primary colours mixed with the black

Wow. What a gorgeous vestibule. Check out those herringbone floors.


Lots of cozy corners with good lighting and lots of black.
Love the art collection - I think it's all Hugo Guiness.

This week through the lovely blog A Perfect Gray I discovered that Kate and Andy Spade's apt was featured on The Selby. Good God!
The multi layered space filled with cozy lighting, tons of art and bold pops of colour is quite drool worthy. Looking at the pics reminded me of seeing her amazing office + meeting her back in 2006 when I was in NYC doing research on a book on handbags.
I decided it was high time I shared some pics from that day!

As corny as it sounds Kate + Andy are two of the most creatively juicy people I have ever met. I feel I'm still drawing inspiration from that visit in January 06.

5 comments:

A Perfect Gray said...

very, very cool. I would have loved to have met her and seen her office. I am also in LOVE with their home, as you could tell, I posted about it almost non-stop! I saw recently a video that andy did about Partners and Spade's 'going out of business' venture that was absolultely fantastic. what a concept. he's so creative....(I am sure you could find it on the internet somewhere if you are interested in seeing it...)

enjoyed this post...donna

ColeAndJosephine said...

Ahhhh! I would have freaked out!!!!!

Rambling Renovators said...

Wow, what an incredible opportunity Alanna! Their home is gorgeous, so layered and fun.

Mariss said...

What an inspiring couple who are living their dream. Go you :)

Thanks for sharing the inpsiration with us too. (Not meaning to rhyme there...ha!)

margot said...

Now this is one of the coolest blog posts I have EVER come across. What an insider's perspective. Thanks Alanna. I met them too, and I fully and completely crush on both of them. Sorta regret they no longer operate Kate Spade tho.