The Woman Behind Your Favorite Preppy Bag Company Is Starting a New Line
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The Woman Behind Your Favorite Preppy Bag Company Is Starting a New Line

Though Kate Spade may be your favorite place to shop for cute bow adorned purses, earrings and coffee mugs that justify you eating cake for breakfast, Kate Spade the designer, who actually founded her eponymous company, has been out of the picture for some time now. After founding Kate Spade New York in 1993 with just one super popular black nylon handbag line — Charlotte from Sex & the City definitely had one — Kate and her husband Andy exited the business when Liz Claiborne acquired the company from the Neiman Marcus Group in 2006.

But if you thought Kate Spade, the designer herself, has been resting on her laurels all this time, you’d be wrong. In fact, the Missouri-born designer has been working on her own very special project: A shoe and handbag line that will debut next year called Frances Valentine. And if it is anything like her first company, it has the potential to be a huge hit. The first collection ships in February to stores including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Shopbop

Though it’s not her own name, Frances Valentine’s name is still extremely significant. Kate and her husband Andy welcomed their daughter Frances Beatrix in 2005. As for Valentine, the name was her grandfather’s middle name “because he was born on Valentine’s Day,” she explained in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily

The line itself includes bucket shoppers in metallic leather and canvas, envelope-style clutches priced between $225 to $725, Mary-Jane espadrilles and  snakeskin sandals that cost $400 a pair. As for now, that is all they will be selling. Spade told Women’s Wear Daily, “Someone else said, ‘Oh, I really expected guns-a-blazing, that you were going to come in with a whole lifestyle brand,” said Kate. “I said, ‘No, we wouldn’t do that.’”

Fellow prepsters, set your calendars. The line launches in January 2016.

Will you be checking out Kate Spade’s campaign? Tell us in the comments below!

(h/t WWD, photos via Bryan Bedder/Getty + @katespade)