Kate Spade New York founder Kate Valentine isn’t much of a risk-taker when it comes to her business.
The fashion designer, who swapped her surname from Spade to Valentine earlier this year (16), launched her new venture Frances Valentine in February. While she’s enjoying working on the label, Kate insists on playing it safe.
“I am sure there are places that are well-oiled machines, but this is a relatively new business and I’m looking at it like that,” she told New York Magazine. “It’s really similar to how I started at Kate Spade: It was very scrappy. We started very small and we tried not to get ahead of ourselves – I’m from the Midwest, so I’m not much of a risk-taker. We are really listening to the buyers and the costumers.”
Kate is famed for her accessories, offering everything from stylish bags to on-trend footwear under her new company. She loves being in charge of her business and often works from home, so she doesn’t mind liaising with others who are just as laidback as her when it comes to their work methods.
“I don’t really care where they are, even if they’re on a banana leaf somewhere. If they deliver their work, I am completely fine. I don’t need someone sitting at their desk to produce,” she shrugged.
When Kate isn’t busy with her fashion empire she’s a mother to 11-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix Spade, who she has with husband Andy Spade. It’s her role as a mother which she finds more stressful as she has to ensure she’s there for every special moment in her daughter’s life.
“We don’t have other people to do it for us – I want to make sure I’m there. When you’re trying to be a parent and a businessperson at the same time, that is the most stressful thing you could do,” she admitted.