The kate spade new york brand was born in 1993 when Kate Brosnahan Spade, a former accessories editor at Mademoiselle, set out to design the perfect handbag. Over the years the company has grown into an international lifestyle brand that excels in crisp design and gorgeous colour palettes. To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013, kate spade NY invites us all to have a look behind the scenes. Things We Love is an eclectic compilation of all the things that charm and inspire the creative team. From a cocktail ring and the colour red to a sense of humour and handwritten notes, this book, part visual diary, part inspirational reference visually represents the spirit of kate spade new york.
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Creative Director of American Vogue, Grace Coddington, “suddenly” became famous after making an indelible impression in the 2009 documentary The September Issue. But for many years before that she had been an inspiration to those behind the fashion scenes. In this memoir, Grace tells her own story, sharing both her personal and professional life with the reader. From her childhood in Anglesey, her early career as a model, the car accident that nearly ended it all, her trajectory from London in the Swinging Sixties to the years working at British Vogue, crossing the pond to work with Calvin Klein and then joining American Vogue in 1988. She talks about her two marriages and thirty-year romance with Didier Malige, the death of her sister and her relationship with Anna Wintour. Along the way she shares her views on everything from plastic surgery, cats, photography in the digital era and the nature of beauty.
In 1945 Marjorie and her college friend Marty land jobs as pages at the iconic Tiffany & Co., becoming the first women to ever work on the sales floor. This is the start of a magical Summer as they witness celebrities like Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland shop at the store, dance the night away in Manhattan’s legendary nightclubs, fall in love with two handsome midshipmen and celebrate V-J Day in Times Square. Sixty years later the author evokes the World War II era and 1940s life in New York City – a time that will always remain special to her – through the eyes of two innocent small-town girls.
From the shoes she wore the first day of school to the ones she sported the day her twin sons were born, footwear fan Phyllis Hoffman remembers them all. In this book of personal essays she reminisces about her favourite pairs and the small and big steps she took in them. Defining moments in her own life are mixed with stories of style icons and the shoes they loved to wear. With celebrity shoe quotations and black and white illustrations of footwear throughout the ages.
In My Mother’s Closet brings the personal stories of forty-three very different women and explores the unique relationship between mothers and daughters. Writer Erica Jong, TV journalist Lesley Stahl and actresses Claire Bloom and Carrie Fisher, among others, travel back in time to “reminisce about their mothers’ closets where they tried on clothes, jewellery and shoes, and imagined the world they would one day enter.”