Kate Valentine, formerly known as Kate Spade, is a fashion designer and the cofounder of high-end accessories company Frances Valentine. She rose to prominence in the fashion industry in the early 1990s, when she launched Kate Spade New York out of her apartment. Along with her husband, she grew her eponymous brand into a multimillion-dollar company that produced shoes, handbags, clothing, and home decor, and was known for its quirky yet classic style. The couple walked away from Kate Spade New York in 2006, selling their stake for around $60 million, and Valentine spent the next nine years focused on raising their daughter, Beatrix. In 2015, Valentine decided to re-enter the fashion business, legally changed her name to Kate Valentine Spade, and began going by Kate Valentine to avoid confusion with her former company. Her new venture, Frances Valentine, which is named after her two grandfathers, sells shoes and handbags directly to consumers and through a handful of retailers, including Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.