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You don’t get to be a household name in fashion without being a beast first, and that’s exactly what Kate Spade is: a total beast. The designer, who left her eponymous brand to start Frances Valentine, spilled on the details on how she got to the top of fashion.

Speaking with The Cut, she recalled,

“When I started at Condé Nast as an assistant, you worked your way up. That may not have been so fun, but it absolutely gave me the most amazing sense of resilience and resolution — hearing people say, Don’t come back to me with a no. You have to make this happen. You either want to be in fashion or you don’t. You’ll either make it or you won’t.”

She added that in order to start your own business, particularly in the fashion world, you have to be “scrappy.” On starting her brand Kate Spade, she says,

“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. What are they buying? What are we doing right? What are we doing wrong?”

Despite successfully building Kate Spade, the designer is now starting from scratch with Frances Valentine. But even though the work can be stressful, we have a feeling Spade wouldn’t have it any other way.

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