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Back in 1993, the editor-turned-designer Kate Spade made a splash in the fashion world by turning out a small collection of boxy, utilitarian handbags, each elegantly accented with her name stitched in discreet, lowercase letters. As a result, the simplicity and unabashed refinement of the Spade moniker on those Lilliputian labels has come to define the very foundation on which the designer has since built a fashion empire, one that now, in addition to handbags, includes shoes, clothing, and smart home things, all of which embody the Spade formula of timeless style--a seamless merging of cheerful colors, clean shapes, and well-chosen embellishments. Not bad for a Kansas City-born girl who used to comb vintage stores for fun. Having perfected and expertly marketed her own brand of personal style (one that has famously been counterfeited throughout the world), the designer has emerged with an equally elegant trio of books whose topics Spade has become a virtual authority: Style, Occasions, and Manners.
Spade overhauls and replenishes our wardrobes in and celebrations in Occasions. With Manners, the designer steers us through the more sensitive arena of etiquette, showing us how to pull it all together with grace and style. Common conundrums like tipping, thank-you notes, and maneuvering embarrassing moments like "toothsome tidbits" (spinach between your teeth) are all succinctly addressed. But Spade picks up where Emily Post left off by dealing with more modern mysteries like "Cell Hell" and sample sales with wit and wisdom. Best of all the approach is decidedly un-preachy, which makes this new twist on the manners mix a fun read. --Christene Barberich
Moving from creating handbags to dispensing advice, Kate Spade, of the eponymous fashion house, plunges into publishing with a smart little book akin to Coco Chanel's oh-so-classic little black dress. Surprisingly, her volume yields a goodly amount of verve and veracity, wit and wisdom. It begins with a few questions and answers (called "Have you ever wondered?"), which function as teasers to what lies within. The book is divided into three sections; two are filled with direct advice and the third is a collection of miscellany. The advice is classic and always in the best of taste. Barbara Jacobs
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Seriously, this needs to be given to most of the population.Published 1 month ago by Kaleroy A. Zervos
The format of the book is very nice. The illustrations are soft and appealing. Easy and quick reading with smart information and suggestions. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Janet Cherry
Adorable book. Love flipping through it randomly. It puts a smile on my face. I was raised in a very prim and proper home and I still learned something new from this book!Published 6 months ago by Meghann Trudeau
I Bought it for my sister, she loves it. The Book was packed safely in a package and was easy to open.Published 18 months ago by Philip
It is a super fun book. They are a bit dated now but beautifully written and illustrated. It is always fun to see life the Kate Spade way.
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I did not like this book whatsoever. I do not like it. I could not finish it. I do not recommend it. It was quite boring. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sylverdollar
Bought this as a gift for our daughter. She loved it! She saw it in a boutique and wanted it but I bought it here instead - much cheaper even with shippingPublished 21 months ago by Christy A Eaton
adorable book...got it for my 14 year old for her birthday :). some issue may be a little over her head but she loves kate spade so maybe the etiquette will sink in!!Published on August 26, 2013 by Amy L. Klett