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Kate Spade, Accessories Sensation

A look at some of the best goods over the years.

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Two decades ago, designer Kate Spade created a boxy satin bag called Sam that became an accessories sensation. The signature shape has grown to include quirky animal themes, cheerful basket bags and exotic pythons.


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Kate Spade has since grown into a lifestyle brand, steadily adding to the family of accessories with shoes, launched in 2000, eyewear, launched in 2001, jewelry in 2008 and watches in 2012 — all of which stay true to the brand’s playful retro spirit. Here’s a look at some of the best goods over the years.

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Pictured above, from left to right:

ON SARAH: Headband and sweater, holiday 2011; skirt, holiday 2012; coat, circa 1998; Magazine clutch, spring 2012; Newspaper clutch, spring 2011; Dipped Coal Jack Spade bag on floor.

ON VIRGINIA: Earrings and clutch, holiday 2011; necklace, fall 2011; faux-fur jacket, fall 2010; dress, summer 2011; pumps, spring. Pink bag on floor: spring 2011.

ON TRISTAN: Suit: fall; Nickson Oxford shirt, fall 2012; Mallick raw silk tie, fall 2012.

PHOTOS BY KYLE ERICKSEN; MODELS FROM LEFT: SARAH STEWART/W DIRECT, VIRGINIA SLAGHEKKE/TRUMP, TRISTAN/FUSION; HAIR: ANDREW FITZSIMONS AT ARTISTS BY TIMOTHY PRIANO USING ORIBE HAIR CARE; MAKEUP: MARI SHTEN AT ARTISTS BY TIMOTHY PRIANO USING DIOR BEAUTY; SET STYLIST: LUKE ABBY FOR JED ROOT INC.; ASSISTANTS: MERCEDES PSL BASS, LAUREN MONTGOMERY, ALI GAVILLET, CASSAUNDRA DELVALLE; MEN’S STYLING: ALEX BADIA

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