5 Brands To Shop For If You’re In To Kate Spade

Brands Like Kate Spade
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Last Updated on August 14, 2022

Main qualities of Kate Spade

  • Fun
  • Friendly 
  • Elegant
  • Colorful
  • Girly
  • Bold colors
  • Lots of prints
  • Energetic 
  • Unique designs
  • Quirky
  • Cool
  • Luxury
  • Slightly retro inspirations like Jackie Kennedy

Most iconic garments from Kate Spade

  • Bags
  • Purses

#1. Tory Burch

Tory Burch Brand: A woman leaning on an garden table

Overview: Tory Burch is an American mid-luxury fashion label that is famous for its bags and handbags.

Price Range: $$$$

Origin and Concept: Founded by American designer Tory Burch in 2004, the company sold out on its first day after launching its retail store. In September 2011, Burch did her first fashion runway show at the New York Fashion Week. The company now has a fashion line that produces ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, accessories, watches, and more. Its style is very similar to Kate Spade in the sense that both share a very feminine aesthetic that is energetic and sweet at the same time. The company is generally preppy and designs what can only be described as bohemian-luxe for young women. 

Recommended Product(s): McGraw Color Block Dragonfly & T Monogram Perforated Leather Moon + Coffee Stripe Poplin Dress & Logo Polo Sweater

Celebs who are fans: Emily Blunt, Janet Mock, Maya Hawke, Charlotte Lawrence, Logan Browning, Alexandra Daddario, Liya Kebede, Karolina Kurkova, Hikari Mori, Aya Omasa, and Halima Aden.

Ethical Practices: This brand does not provide sufficient information about how it reduces its impact on the environment or on the people that work in its production or supply chain. 


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#2. Michael Kors

Michael Kors Brand: Young people wearing striped tops and smiling

Overview: Michael Kors (now Capri Holdings Limited) is a multinational fashion company that sells clothes, shoes, watches, handbags, and other accessories. 

Price Range: $$$$

Origin and Concept: The company was founded in 1981 by American designer Michael Kors. It has more than 550 stores all over the world and plenty more in-store boutiques. In 2002, Kors launched his menswear line and added it to his womenswear production, which was already quite successful.  The brand has a cheerful, elegant style that is both preppy and modern. The easy-to-combine, good-quality, and superbly made garments make Michael Kors a favorite of women all around the world. 

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Recommended Product(s): Marilyn Medium Saffiano Leather Tote Bag & Slater Large Logo Backpack + Palm Lace Mini Dress & Stretch Cotton Poplin Cutout Dress

Celebs who are fans: Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Portman, Miranda Kerr, Blake Lively, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Heidi Klum, among others.

Ethical Practices: Michael Kors is not taking adequate steps to manage its greenhouse gas emissions. It uses few eco-friendly materials and there is no evidence that it has any type of policy to prevent deforestation in its supply chain. None of its supply chain is certified by labor standards of worker health and safety. It also uses leather, wool, down, angora, and exotic animal hair with no policy to minimize the suffering of animals. 

Read: Tory Burch vs Michael Kors: The Battle for the Big Apple

#3. Coach

Coach Brand

Overview: Coach is an American mid-luxury fashion house renowned for its leather goods like handbags, ready-to-wear, and accessories. 

Price Range: $$$$

Origin and Concept: Coach was founded in 1941 in Manhattan, New York. They originally made wallets and billfolds by hand. Miles Cahn and his wife joined the company in 1946. They owned a leather handbag manufacturing company. By 1950, they had taken over the company and added women’s leather handbags to their repertoire. Later on, they hired Bonnie Cashin to design the handbags. Cashin revolutionized the product’s design and instituted side pockets, coin purses, and started using bright colors in the products. Coach became a household name after Richard Rose joined Coach in 1965. He managed to place their products in department stores all over the US. Nowadays, Coach is a household name that is equated to high-quality handbags and leather products. Off-duty models and celebrities all over wear Coach as a status symbol of luxury and fashion trendiness.

Recommended Product(s): Soft Tabby Shoulder Bag & Disney X Coach Hayden Foldover Crossbody In Signature Canvas With Patches + Ruffle Sweater & Cardi Leather Jacket

Celebs who are fans: Jordan, Kaia Gerber, Paloma Elsesser, Megan Thee Stallion, Kiko Mizuhara, Cole Sprouse, Hari Nef, Rickey Thompson, Wisdom Kaye, Kim Gordon (and her daughter Coco), KJ Apa, Bob the Drag Queen, and more.

Ethical Practices: Coach is owned by Tapestry. This company uses few eco-friendly materials and there is no evidence that it reduces its carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain. None of its supply chain is certified by labor standards.

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#4. Ted Baker

Ted Baker Brand: A man and woman shopping in a supermarket

Overview: Ted Baker is a British high-street clothing retail company that sells apparel for men, women, and kids.

Price Range: $$$$

Origin and Concept: The company was founded by Ray Kelvin and named after an alter ego of his that was an avid and intrepid aviator, sportsman, and consort of Hollywood celebrities. Its first store was opened in Glasgow and later on, they expanded to Manchester and Nottingham. By 1990, Ted Baker opened a store in Covent Garden and launched a new range. The brand is one of the fastest-growing leading lifestyle brands in the UK. Its distinct brand identity makes them instantly recognizable, first and foremost because of their aesthetic that is quirky, preppy, and feminine. 

Recommended Product(s): Asymmetric Cold Shoulder Ruffle Mini Dress & Branded Webbing Satchel Cross Body Bag + Flirty Texture Branded Webbing Cross-Body & Seam Free Asymmetric Knit Dress

Celebs who are fans: Ashley Benson, Courtney Cox, Olivia Palermo, and Annabeth Nass, among others.

Ethical Practices: Ted Baker is not taking adequate steps to eliminate the hazardous chemicals that it generates during its production and supply chain. It also uses few eco-friendly materials and hasn’t set a greenhouse gas emission reduction target. It has a formal animal welfare policy aligned with Five Freedoms but no clear mechanisms to implement it, which feels a lot like greenwashing. It also uses leather, exotic animal hair, and there is no evidence that it traces any animal products to the first stage of production.

#5. Dooney & Bourke

Dooney and Bourke: A Woman holding a handbag walking through a field

Overview: Dooney & Bourke is an American company specialized in fashion clothing and accessories (handbags, luggage, watches, and briefcases).

Price Range: $$$$

Origin and Concept: The brand was founded in 1975 by Peter Dooney and Frederic Bourke in South Norwalk, Connecticut. They started it off with belts, made unique by their vibrant colors and stripes, and suspenders. Later on, in 1981, they branched out into handbags made from bridle leather, selling their products in Nordstrom, Brooks Brothers, and Saks. They have also recently done several collaborations with celebrities and famous personalities like Hayden Panettiere, Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan, and Michelle Trachtenberg, among others. They are currently very popular with celebrity fans. They are recognized as being made with the finest materials and leather craftsmanship. 

Recommended Product(s): Pebble Grain Drawstring & Hydrangea Monogram Large Shopper + Hydrangea Monogram Domed Zip Satchel & Florentine Medium Duffle

Celebs who are fans: Hayden Panettiere, Eva Mendes, Zooey Deschanel, Kendall Jenner, and Lady Gaga, among others.Ethical Practices: Dooney and Bourke is a member of the Fair Labor Association. It promotes fair labor practices and ensures good working conditions in its factories. Their manufacturers also share in their values, promoting social and environmental sustainability in their factories.

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Lorena Lombardo
Lorena Lombardo is a fashion designer specialized in trend forecasting and fashion journalism. She studied at the UAL (University of London), ORT (Universidad ORT Uruguay), and taken various courses about traditional craftsmanship while living in Tokyo. Some of her favorite memories during the 90s include wearing bucket hats and trying to copy Rachel’s hairstyle. Her absolute favorite show was Buffy: the Vampire Slayer but she was also a huge fan of Clueless because of its amazing fashion choices. Her top track of the decade is currently disputed between How soon is Now? by the Smiths and Here with me by Dido. Both also happen to be the opening songs for two great 90s shows: Charmed and Roswell. Coincidence? I think not!