14 Mar These are Kate Valentine Spade’s favorite things
Kate Valentine knows what women want. While working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle in the early ’90s, she noticed a dearth of chic-yet-practical handbags, so she launched her own small line — you may have heard of it — Kate Spade (“Spade” came from her husband and co-founder, Andy Spade). The brand quickly blossomed into a phenomenon, a must-have adornment for girls on the go who fancied themselves modern-day Audrey Hepburns.
After taking time to raise her daughter and selling her label in 2006, the designer launched a new handbag and shoe line last year, naming it Frances Valentine (an homage to both her daughter and her parents). And while her brand may have changed names, her vision remains unshaken: classic style with a side of quirk. Here, Valentine shares with Alexa the things that bring her charming, cheerful aesthetic to life.
“Chef Pierre Schaedelin and partner Jamie Unwin see to every food, drink and service detail. They took extra good care of us at our recent Fashion Week event.” Custom catering, price upon request at PS Tailored Events.
“Not mentioning this just because it’s my husband’s company, but it is truly the best loungewear. I sometimes wear it outdoors — it’s so classic.” “Marina” pajama set, $276 at Sleepy Jones.
“A timeless classic worn by Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’ I have several pairs!” Oliver Goldsmith “Manhattan” sunglasses, $365 at Eye Goodies.
“These Mary Janes are so fun in different patent leather, haircalf and gold combinations.” “Katy” shoes, $395 at Frances Valentine.
“They do the most beautiful arrangements and are my go-to for just about every occasion. I absolutely adore coral peonies — but not overly styled, very relaxed.” Peony bouquet, from $150 at Michael George Flowers, 212-883-0304.
“I love the beautiful prints– so cheery and elegant.” “Violettes pink” bath towel, $400 at D.Porthault Paris
“I love how small and intimate this Paris hotel is — not to mention the old-school luxury.” Hôtel de Crillon (currently closed for renovations), more info at Rosewood Hotels.
“I love almost anything from this collection, particularly the twisted spin on classics.” Comme des Garçons dress, $1,849 at Farfetch.
“Dover Street Market has such great editing! I purchased a blue topaz ring there by designer Alice Cicolini. She’s based in London and all of the enamel work is hand done in India.” Alice Cicolini 14-k gold ring with London blue topaz (similar), from $2,000 at Dover Street Market, 160 Lexington Ave.
“This is the best burger ever!” Cheeseburger, from $9.42 at Burger Joint, 119 W. 56th St.
“These are so beautifully sculptural.” “Bug Cluster” earrings with Chinese turquoise beads, $750 at Ted Muehling, 52 White St.
“I love this brand’s aesthetic of fantasy and modern design.” Sacai blouse, $665 at Farfetch.