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kate spade Overview

New York, NY
10000+ employees
Company - Public
Other Retail Stores
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
since our launch in 1993 with six essential handbags, we’ve always stood for optimistic femininity. today we’re a global life and style house filled with handbags, of course. also clothes, shoes, jewelry, home décor, tech accessories and so many ... Read more

kate spade – Why Work For Us?

crisp color, graphic prints and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of kate spade new york. from handbags and clothing to jewelry, fashion accessories, fragrance, eyewear, shoes, swimwear, home decor, desk accessories, stationery, tabletop and gifts, our exuberant approach to the everyday encourages personal style with a dash of incandescent charm. we call it living colorfully.

kate spade new york has over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the united states, and more than 175 shops internationally. our colorful products are sold in more than 450 doors worldwide, in every time zone and on every continent. whether in san francisco or shanghai, our shops are always warm and inviting.

welcome to kate spade new york.

it all started back in 1993, when kate brosnahan spade, a former accessories editor at mademoiselle, set out to design the perfect handbag. debuting with just six silhouettes, she combined sleek, utilitarian shapes and colorful palettes in an entirely new way. and so kate spade new york was born.

women and fashion editors fell for the fresh, modern sensibility, and our first shop in new york city swiftly opened in 1996. as the company grew, our graphic approach and trademark wit created a visual shorthand for a brand recognizable the world over.

in 2007, spade turned the reins to design powerhouse kate spade & company (formerly known as liz claiborne, inc.). shortly after, deborah lloyd took the helm as president and chief creative officer with an aim to broaden the line while honoring our rich history. along with ceo craig leavitt, she quickly launched clothing and jewelry collections, quickly followed by the introduction of bedding, legwear and fragrance.

today we’ve grown into a global lifestyle brand, and aim to inspire colorful living through our handbags and clothing to jewelry, shoes, stationery, eyewear, baby, fragrance, tabletop, bedding and gifts.

all the while, we’ve never lost sight of who we are: our spirited approach, commitment to curiosity and passion for sharing our colorful world still shapes all that is kate spade new york.

live colorfully.

we're stronger together

through our on purpose collection, we build suppliers that help
transform communities by employing and empowering its
primary agents of change: women.

we’ve started in masoro, rwanda, where each piece of on purpose 
is made by abahizi rwanda, an employee-owned handbag 
manufacturing facility that we helped local artisans establish in 2014. 

today, abahizi rwanda employs over 200 women full time who 
receive competitive salaries and benefits like three weeks paid 
vacation, paid maternity leave, sick days, health care and classes
in an array of life skills.

it’s smart business with a strong social mission. with on purpose
we’ve renounced the more common per-product donation 
approach in favor of integrating abahizi rwanda into our normal 
supply chain. we’ve been helping them find their niche in the
global marketplace so they can take on more clients and grow 
their business. as their business grows, more women are 
empowered and the local community is positively impacted.
their client list is set to expand in 2019.

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    It was an upbeat environment. The management was great. This is a company that really encompasses their mission. I enjoyed working there.


    During meetings, employees who have met goals, or worked there a certain time get rewards and my management was never consistent on it. no biggie but it would have been nice if they were more consistent.

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at kate spade (New York, NY) in June 2017.


    The interview was standard and nothing out of the ordinary. I had a second interview and was told I'd be contacted by the district manager. After a couple of weeks I heard nothing and reached out via email to inquire about the status of the position and got no response. This lack of follow up with a candidate that took the time to interview twice is completely unprofessional and I would've expected better communication. I have several years of management experience. I've conducted a lot of interviews and would never lead someone to believe there'd be follow up, fail to contact them and not respond to their email inquiry.

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