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An Afternoon With Kate Spade Chief Creative Director Deborah Lloyd

She adorably gushes about her two schnauzers and shares tips on gift giving!
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How do you find beauty?
I love beauty and I love curating it. Whether it’s for the home or beautiful vintage pieces, I strongly believe that if you collect or buy something, it should be something you love and it shouldn’t be about the monetary value of it. Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder so I tend to collect things that I find beautiful; other people might not, but I fill my home and my closet with them. 

Tell us about your fashion style. How would you describe it?
It would be modern femininity—with a little bit of bohemian mixed in. 


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Do you have a personal signifier?
I collect vintage cocktail rings so I normally have some fabulous something that I’ve picked up somewhere. I love them, and I love vintage watches. 

And what about your entertaining style?
It’s colorful, it’s fun, it should be full of laughter. There should be lots of flowers involved and the color pink.

What kind of music do you fancy?
I tend to like female singers. Stevie Nicks, Nancy Sinatra, really quite eclectic. So whether it’s ’70s music or something else, it tends to be women’s voices that I like. 

What are some of your favorite gifts to give?
I love personalized gifts. If it’s a Kate Spade wallet or bag, I’ll have it personalized and put someone’s initials on it. I want gifts to feel special, like you’ve really made an effort. Another thing I love giving is flowers but in a beautiful Kate Spade vase, so it’s not just the giveaway vase from the florist but a beautiful Kate Spade crystal vase with polka dots as well. 

Current favorite travel destinations?
I have to say that my favorite at the moment is Morocco, the most inspirational place in the world.


Tin Mal Mosque in Morocco

And your favorite museum or art gallery?
My favorite museum in the world is the Rodin Museum in Paris. I want to live in that place. 

Who are some of your favorite artists?
I like a lot of photographers. I collect work from Peter Beard, Nick Brandt, to name a few. For high-class art, Kees van Dongen and Modigliani are favorites.


The Rodin Museum in Paris

Please finish this sentence: I can’t live without…
My two dogs. They are standard schnauzers and they are called Stan and Lulu.

A perfect Sunday is spent…
With Stan and Lulu!

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