A Peek Inside Kate Spade's New York City Home
The Manhattan co-op that fashion designer Kate Spade resided in before she died last June at the age of 55 is for sale. The Wall Street Journal reports that the home is currently listed for $6.35 million.
The 3,000-square-foot-property, which overlooks Park Avenue, features three bedrooms, a spacious living room complete with a wood-burning fireplace, and a corner library. In 1999, the iconic designer purchased the property with Andy Spade, her husband and business partner.
In 2004, Kate took Town & Country inside the prewar Park Avenue apartment. "The apartment is a great backdrop for what we like to do," she said. "Architecturally, it's very simple. It's all about the things you put in." Her vision for the traditional space was for it to feel comfortable and lived-in. "...I've learned so much from New York City, and I bring that element into the apartment as well," Kate added.
"I didn't want it to look like a design show house. It's nice to see layers in how people live."
The living room of Kate Spade's apartment featured in Town&Country in 2004
Kate was lauded for her vibrant and whimsical handbag designs. She founded her business in 1991 and it grew fairly quickly. By 1995, Forbes reported that it was worth $1.3 million. She made the decision to extend the brand to include lifestyle products, footwear, and eventually, the Jack Spade line for men. However, the company endured a number of transitions, and was purchased by Neiman Marcus and then Liz Claiborne in 2006.
Following the sale of the company, Kate and her husband, Andy, left their roles to dedicate more time to their daughter, Frances Beatrix Valentine Spade. In February 2016, the couple launched a shoe and handbag company called Frances Valentine. And it was at this point that the designer officially changed her name to Kate Valentine Spade.
Randall Gianopulos of Sotheby’s International is the listing agent for the co-op, located at Park Avenue and 77th Street. Andy Spade has yet to comment publicly on the sale of the property.
*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors