Andy Spade

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Andy Spade
Andrew Spade

1962/1963 (age 56–57)[1]
Known forCo-founder of Partners & Spade
Co-founder of Kate Spade New York
Founder of Jack Spade
Kate Spade
(m. 1994; died 2018)
RelativesDavid Spade (brother)

Andrew Spade is an American entrepreneur. He founded the fashion brand Kate Spade New York with his wife, Kate Spade, as well as the design company Partners & Spade.

Early life and family[edit]

Spade was born in Michigan, the middle child in a family of three brothers. His younger brother is actor/comedian David Spade.[1] The family moved to Arizona when Andy Spade was nine. He attended Arizona State University, where he met his future wife. During college, he and a friend founded the advertising firm Spade & Hannawell, which was named one of Arizona's Top 10 New Companies in 1987.[2][3]

Spade was married to designer Kate Brosnahan (known professionally as Kate Spade) from 1994 until her death on June 5, 2018.[4] They had one child, Frances Beatrix Spade, born in February 2005.[5] The actress Rachel Brosnahan is Spade's niece by marriage.[6]

At the time of Kate's death by suicide, Andy released a statement acknowledging that the couple had been living separately, but close to each other, for the previous ten months, though they were not legally separated. Their daughter, then 13, lived with both of them. The statement said that Kate "suffered from depression and anxiety for many years" but had been seeking medical treatment.[7]


Spade started his career in advertising working on brands including Coca-Cola, Lexus, and Paul Stuart[citation needed] before leaving his job in 1996 to join his wife's business.[8]


In 1993, he and his wife founded the fashion and lifestyle brand Kate Spade New York and in 1999, the men's brand Jack Spade.[9][2][8] Under his leadership, 26 Kate Spade stores were opened in North America and Japan.

In 2008, he established Partners & Spade, a storefront and studio on Lafayette Street in the NoHo neighborhood of lower Manhattan.

In 2013, he launched a collection of loungewear, Sleepy Jones, with Anthony Sperduti and Chad Buri.[10]

Other endeavors[edit]

Along with launching Partners & Spade, he produced feature films with Red Bucket Films and is conceiving and publishing books through HarperCollins.


He was named one of 100 creative business people of 2009 by Fast Company.[11][12][3]

He was honored by the CFDA for excellence in design.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Tschorn, Adam (March 23, 2013). "Andy Spade is old-school cool". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ a b Tischler, Linda (March 2005). "Power Couple". Fast Company. Archived from the original on 1 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  3. ^ a b Spencer, Morgan. "Andy Spade Is a Giant in New York". New York Observer. Archived from the original on 26 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  4. ^ CNN, Eric Levenson and Brynn Gingras. "Kate Spade, fashion designer, found dead in apparent suicide". CNN. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  5. ^ "Kate Spade's Frances Valentine collection was named after late designer's daughter". Newsweek. 5 June 2018.
  6. ^ Schmidt, Ingrid (October 13, 2015). "Rachel Brosnahan of 'Manhattan' undertakes her own special fashion project". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  7. ^ Carras, Christi (2018-06-06). "Kate Spade's Husband Issues Statement: She 'Suffered From Depression and Anxiety'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  8. ^ a b Spragins, Ellyn; Spade, Kate; Spade, Andy (September 1, 2003). "How We Bagged Our Careers, Pursued Our Passion for Fashion, and Turned a Simple Purse into a Symbol of Style and a Burgeoning Empire". CNN Money. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  9. ^ Hall, Peter (August 2006). "Jack's Mixed Bag". Metropolis. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  10. ^ Beddie, Alainna Lexie (2013-04-18). "Sleepy Jones". T. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  11. ^ Borden, Mark. "Andy Spade". Fast Company. Archived from the original on 2010-05-29.
  12. ^ Larocca, Amy. "The Spades' New Bag". New York. Retrieved 2010-08-23.

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