kate spade new york x BAM: a cinematic celebration of new york stories

join us nightly october 2-6 at the brooklyn academy of music for a series of films celebrating interesting women with interesting lives

September 18th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


tickets available here.

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hello, blossoms: our spring 2016 presentation

30,000 blooms started the day at our NYFW presentation, and finished as bouquets in the arms of people all over the city

September 16th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink



last friday at nyfw, we brought our spring 2016 color palette to life through 30,000 blooms—tulips, hydrangeas, roses and gerbera daisies—strewn in and amongst our models, like a display of bouquets at the most beautiful neighborhood deli. for two hours, we invited everyone who attended to take their pick as they wove though the space, and we wrapped their selects up into beautiful bouquets in traditional paper tied with grosgrain ribbon for them to take home.

then we took to the streets of manhattan in a flower delivery truck and gave bouquets out to everyone we met…till they were all gone.

in collaborating with our friends at FTD to bring so many flowers to life, we got to meet their lead floral designer, andrea ancel. and we’d love you to get to know her too. scroll down…


how i work:
“there’s an element of curation in everything we do at FTD and it always starts with color. then, we make sure we’re incorporating different dimensions to the flowers, whether it’s in the variety of colors, complementing scents or textures—things that bring an artful design to the project. in this instance, we wanted to highlight the crisp colors, graphic prints and playful sophistication that are the hallmarks of kate spade new york.”

favorite thing about my job:
“i’ve been a florist for over 20 years and i still love seeing the seasons change through the flowers we work with. as we transition from summer into fall, for example, we’re incorporating large, bright and beautiful sunflowers in our bouquets.”

a trick of the trade:
“play with color and also the shapes and sizes of the blooms.”

some practical tips:
“cut your stems diagonally so the flowers can hydrate as much as possible.”
“clean your water and cut the stems every day. this keeps the flowers fresh (nobody likes murky water!) and the bouquet bacteria-free.”
“keep your blooms out of direct sunlight for the longest-lasting flowers.”

my favorite thing about springtime:
“i live in chicago, so i love seeing the first sign of flowers and green buds popping up around the city and seeing nature come to life as spring approaches. it tells me i survived another chicago winter!”

thanks andrea and FTD!




it’s a good hair day: our spring 2016 presentation

artist and hair stylist bob recine tells us how to create the perfect pony

September 11th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink



there’s an art to the simple ponytail. and it doesn’t involve a brush. “a finger-brushed ponytail,” explains hair stylist bob recine, “projects confidence.”

how to find your most flattering ponytail height, according to recine: with your pointer fingers, follow the outer corners of your eyes around to the back of your head. where your fingers meet is the sweet spot.

thanks to bob recine and the whole frederic fekkai team for a beautiful morning.

see the rest of our spring 2016 presentation at NYFW here.

let’s makeup: our spring 2016 presentation

romy soleimani, lead makeup artist for MAC cosmetics, added a little silver lining to our collection this morning. here's how.

September 11th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink



“a little flash of color across the eyes, a lot of lash and bubblegum pink lips—a color picked up from the collection,” enthuses romy soleimani of the look she created from MAC cosmetics for our spring 2016 presentation this morning at highline stages. the lead makeup artist literally added a little silver lining to the event, giving each model a little flick of iridescent liner across their eyelids. “it’s modern, fresh and optimistic.”

create the look by combining MAC silver fog powder with mixing medium eyeliner to create a liquid liner, and top your lashes with haute and naughty lash. “i always use this mascara in shoots,” she says. “it’s very black and graphic.”

see more of our spring 2016 presentation at NYFW here.






nail notes: our spring 2016 presentation

longtime kate spade new york collaborator deborah lippmann shows us how to re-create the custom confectionery nail hue from our new york fashion week presentation

September 11th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink



“the nails are pure candy confection,” smiles lead manicurist deborah lippmann, founder and creative director of her eponymous brand.  “layers of pure white crème, dusty pink shimmer and a sparkling lilac.”

to get the look at home:
start with 2 coats* of amazing grace. then add a hint of iridescent sheen: 1 thin coat* of magic is the moonlight, a dusty pink shimmer, and 1 coat* of whatever lola wants, a sparkling lilac. follow with a top coat.

*remember wait 2 minutes between every coat to allow each one to dry.

see more of our spring 2016 presentation at NYFW here.




our spring 2016 NYFW presentation playlist

inspired by the background music of classic new york delis, a list filled with long-forgotten favorites

September 11th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink



checking in: the pierre hotel

take a peek into the glamorous history of the pierre—a new york city institution and the setting of our fall campaign 

August 12th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

charles pierre—born charles pierre casalasco, whose first job was working as a busboy in his father’s corsica restaurant—opens the pierre after working his way up the restaurant and hospitality industry in new york city. the copper-topped tower was inspired by grand french chateaus, giving the hotel its nickname chateau in the sky. unfortunately, the hotel went into bankruptcy just two years later during the great depression, and was later bought by the oil tycoon j. paul getty.
edith bouvier beale—better known as grey gardens’ “little edie”—has her debutante ball at the pierre. (speaking of the bouviers: little edie’s cousin, jackie onassis, makes an appearance among the faces in the famous murals of the iconic rotunda room, painted in 1967.)
ABC television and FM radio broadcast from the tower atop the pierre for several years, before moving to another iconic new york city spot: the empire state building.
the hotel become a cooperative; one of its first residents was elizabeth taylor. (among the other boldface names who made a home in the hotel: cary grant, richard nixon, francis ford coppola and yves saint laurent.)
the pierre becomes the site of one of the most infamous jewel heists in history in the early hours of january 2, when burglers made off with $28 million in jewelry and cash from the hotel vaults (most worn the previous night to various new year’s galas). the culprits, sammy halo and bobby comfort—who were eventually caught, although much of the jewelry was never recovered—were working with the famed lucchese crime family.
karlie koss (pictured above), alice smith, jon batiste, anh duong, karley sciortino, alireza niroomand and two rambunctious redheads, juliet and elise, gather for drinks, cupcakes and our fall campaign shoot at the pierre’s gorgeously gilded bar two e (named after the hotel’s 2 east 61st street address).


our friends at west elm celebrate a cheery home collection with kate spade saturday

February 10th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink


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psst: enter here for a chance to win $2,000 for a saturday-style room refresh!

then and now: the nylon collection

 in 1993, we began with one (very sophisticated) nylon bag collection. for fall, we're re-introducing it with a few modern tweaks. take a peek.

October 22nd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink


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shop the full classic nylon collection here

behind the scenes with anna kendrick

introducing the star of our upcoming holiday campaign..and more!

October 22nd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink


talk about exciting news! this morning one of our favorite leading ladies, anna kendrick, revealed on twitter that she’s the star of our holiday campaign. (we bonded over our shared love of witty banter, living perfectly imperfect and sparkly shoes.)

it’s the beginning of a yearlong friendship between us and the clever actress and singer, who’ll be be our storytelling muse throughout 2015, too. so stay (digitally) tuned over the course of next year as she inspires us to indulge our passions, be the star of our own lives, and with incandescent charm surprise and delight those around us.

as for holiday: in the middle of all the glamour, high rollers and wild cards on the set of the holiday campaign shoot in las vegas with photographer cedric buchet, she razzle dazzled us with a game of 20 questions. hers is an interesting life, well lived, with many stories to tell.

we’re all ears.


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