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Kate Spade Quotes

Katherine Noel Brosnahan

Kate Spade quotes: the late fashion designer’s memorable quotes.

“I resolve to think outside the lines and live color fully.”

“You are capable of amazing things.”

“Live in such a way that if someone speaks badly of you no one would believe it.”

“Surround yourself with the things you love.  Discard the rest.”

“Control what you can of your own life.”

“Take time to appreciate the little things in life.”

“Make every day Saturday.”

“Eat cake for breakfast.”

“Flirt with adventure.”

“Forgive endlessly.”

“Don’t depend on anyone else for love and empowerment.”

“If you’re honest and fair as you can be, not only in business but in life, things will work out.”

“I thought I’d be Holly Hunter from Broadcast News, behind the scenes running around really fast, paying attention to what needed to get done, and that’s what I thought.  I didn’t grow up thinking, ‘Oh, I’m going to be a designer.'”

“My mother was very good at encouraging me to dress however I wanted to dress.  My sisters would sometimes think, ‘Oh my God, you let her buy that fuzzy leopard coat at that vintage store?’  I thought, of course, I looked like Audrey Hepburn.”

“Jump all the way in.  Don’t be afraid.  I had considered staying in my job at Condé Nast and I thought that maybe I can do both and that way I wouldn’t lose my salary because I’m really nervous about insurance and all of that.  And I remember someone saying, ‘Oh if you don’t go all the way in you’ll never do it.’  And that makes you very scrappy and very resourceful.  I had no choice but to make it work.”

“I remember someone once said there is a practical aspect to my designs, and I remember thinking, ‘That doesn’t sound so creative,’ but that is actually the truth.  There is a practicality to it.  I don’t design just to design.  There is a reason and, hopefully, an interesting reason behind it – that is where my creativity comes in.”

“I’m not looking to go backwards and to do anything that we’ve already done or to disrupt what Kate Spade is doing now.  There’s no business plan.  I’m a little less nervous, not so much about the company, but in terms of how I dress, how I design.  It’s how I began Kate Spade.  I don’t want to lose that feeling as the company grows.”

“People always ask me, ‘Where do you find inspiration?’ and I think it’s a difficult question to answer because – everywhere.”

“I do things that I actually love and understand.”

“I find color optimistic and enthusiastic, and I adore it.”

“I don’t think that fashion is something people encourage in a lot of schools, but I think they should – it’s all about personal expression.”

“Fashion is to be fun.  Buy what you love.  Honestly, enjoy it.  Don’t feel like you have to buy things because they’re in and because everyone’s wearing it.  That to me is something that you do when you’re eleven.”

“In order to lead a fascinating life – one brimming with art, music, intrigue and romance – you must surround yourself with precisely those things.”

“People have this impression that I’m a little kooky, but I’m actually very OCD.  I love order and organization.  I’m a big list maker.  But if I cross off too many tasks, and it’s hard to see the remaining ones, I have to start a new list.  Now that’s OCD.”

“I collect books.  A lot of books.”

“I think that playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends.”

“Start each day like it’s your birthday!”

“We believe in celebrations both big and small.”

“She is quick and curious and playful and strong.  She is voracious reader and a fantastic dancer.  She saves old snapshots but always loses her umbrella.  Her emails pile up, but she never forgets to call her grandmother.  She has $7 in change at the bottom of her handbag.”

“It’s a far, far better thing to be overdressed than underdressed.”

“When singing Karaoke, it always sounds better with the sparkle microphone.”

“I’ve never been a millionaire but I just know I’d be darling at it.”

“We’re a conservative company by nature.  It’s our personality – I come from the Midwest so the idea of recklessly spending money, even though it sounds like a lot of fun, isn’t interesting to me.”

“Think, travel, celebrate, charm, decorate, dress, live – colorfully.”

“Before I came to New York, I only had a few pictures of the city in my mind.  And you know That Girl Marlo Thomas jumping with her hat?  I always loved that, and I wondered where that double street she crosses is.  And it’s Park Avenue!  And that’s what I can see out my window.”

“The most fun thing that I do is working with friends and family.  I would say the most challenging part is working with friends and family.”

“Be happy, be bright, be you.”

“There’s always good in life, you just have to choose to see it.”

“I hope that people remember me not just as a good businesswoman but as a great friend and a heck of a lot of fun.”

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