Kate Spade, of fashion fame, launches a home furnishing brand

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Kate Spade, of fashion fame, launches a home furnishing brand


By Patricia Sheridan

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


HIGH POINT, N.C. ó Kate Spade New York, which became famous for fashion, has taken the final step to becoming an authentic lifestyle brand by launching its home furnishings line during the recent October High Point Market.

After an initial venture into the home category via the table top market with fine and casual china, flatware, glasses, frames, vases and more, Kate Spade Home teamed up with three high-quality manufacturing partners: E.J.Victor for furniture, Jaipur for rugs and Visual Comfort for lamps. As with its clothing and handbags, certain signature motifs are evident. When it came to furniture, designers took a conservative approach. The collectionís overall aesthetic is subtler than some may have expected.

"We didnít want it to be too girly. Bows, dots, stripes and color are our roots, but the home is for everyone," says Debs Camplin, senior vice president of design.

Designers did try bright pops of colors in the drawers but decided against it. Instead, they used the accessories and hardware to express the more obvious Kate Spade personality.

"We are feminine not girly, clever not kitsch," Camplin says.

The bow on the stem of the Ellery side table is one of the more obvious Kate Spade motifs.

"Our slipper chair shows a dash of leg, and the Sputnik-looking Dickinson table lamp and pendant reflects our love of sparkles and diamonds," she says.

Camplin says to look for the companyís more preppy side in future introductions.

Itís all available now online at Katespade.com/home.