At the Kate Spade annual shareholders’ meeting, chief executive officer Craig A. Leavitt was asked if the company would be better operating independently or as part of a larger organization should be it become a target for a takeover given the environment at retail.

Leavitt, while acknowledging a “tumultuous retail environment,” said the company is able to “maintain our different points of differentiation, authentic product and engagement with the consumer [in a way that] really sets us apart.” He added, “We feel very confident in our ability to execute [and] meet and exceed management’s targets.”

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