Vintage Kate Spade

adore adore adore this outfit (and bag)

adore adore adore this outfit (and bag)

I have a confession: I am a paper saver. The piles of catalogs, tear sheets, etc. threaten to take over, and I routinely have to cull the collection. However, there are items I’m glad I held onto, like these vintage (1999-2000) Kate Spade catalogs I discovered while cleaning up over break. It was a treat to flip through them, and I wish some of these bags were still available. They’re completely what I envision when I think of Kate Spade.

the tan small utility bag is the perfect shape

the tan small utility bag is the perfect shape

i want these shoes! (why didn't i buy them when i could?)

i want these shoes! (why didn't i buy them when i could?)

I’ll post all my Kate Spade catalog photos to Flickr w/better quality.


  1. January 6, 2010 / Permalink

    that outfit is pure perfection. in high school or my first year of college, my grandmother gave me a kate spade purse. it was a gunmetal brown/gray color and i loved it so.

  2. Barbara
    January 6, 2010 / Permalink

    Jane — try eBay, I get all my vintage Coach bags there . . .

  3. January 6, 2010 / Permalink

    i used to work for kate spade! loved it.

    i was also going to suggest trying ebay. you never know…

  4. January 6, 2010 / Permalink

    Flashback to my freshman year at Boston University where all the School of Communication girls wore black pants to class and carried those rectangular black Kate Spade purses.

  5. January 18, 2010 / Permalink

    I think every Kate Spade campaign has always looked perfect to me. I didn’t know she was making clothes again until I visited a KS shop in Corte Madera over Christmas. If it were at all practical for life with a toddler, I would now be the owner of a yellow silk shirtdress printed with tiny owls…but alas!

  6. DetroitGirl
    March 9, 2010 / Permalink

    Sigh. . .
    I loved Kate Spade bags — the vintage ons, not the ones they’ve been making since she sold the company. I still have a Sam that I’ve put away for my daughter.
    I don’t like the new bags at all.
    Your post took me back to an extremely happy time in my life. Thank you.

  7. October 31, 2010 / Permalink

    this was one of the very first ones that was shot on location in scottland. the woman in the picture worked for ks at the time.