Andrew Spade is a fashion designer who co-founded Kate Spade and Jack Spade. Born in Birmingham, Michigan, he attended Arizona State University, where he met fellow future-fashion designer Katherine Brosnahan. Together, they launched the handbag design company Kate Spade in 1993. The couple married the next year. They created the design company Jack Spade in 1996 to fill the perceived market void for stylish and practical men's accessories, and the company officially launched in 1999. In February of 2009, Andy openend a new store on Great Jones Street, in Manhattan, called Partners & Spade. He resides in New York City.
Topic: Fashion Icons
Andrew Spade: My favorite fashion icon would be either Ray Pekubo or Junior Watenabe. I usually look to the Japanese for inspiration in design; how they mix traditional with the avant grade. And I don’t usually wear it, but conceptually and from a design standpoint, IsiMiaki I think is incredibly talented. And there are others. There are smaller designers, and there are a lot in America as well as Europe. But those are the people who I always get excited about when I read their ideas.
Recorded on: 7/12/07
I usually look to the Japanese for inspiration in design.
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