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Kate Spade New York travels to Europe — and plans a Houston visit, too

Kate Spade New York travels to Europe — and plans a Houston visit, too

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The Kate Spade New York spring 2014 collection has a sunny disposition. Photo by © Dean Neville/BFAnyc.com
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French flair in a striped sweater, sheath dress and tweed coat. Photo by © Dean Neville/BFAnyc.com
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Kate Spade New York clutch with gas, temperature and speedometer gauges. Photo by © Dean Neville/BFAnyc.com
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Kate Spade New York red strapless party dress is among the spring 2014 looks. Photo by © Dean Neville/BFAnyc.com
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Kate Spade New York president and chief creative officer Deborah Lloyd Photo by © Dean Neville/BFAnyc.com
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Among the looks is a Monaco race-inspired navy and white dress, third from the right. Photo by © Dean Neville/BFAnyc.com
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Kate Spade New York gray and white coat. Photo by © Dean Neville/BFAnyc.com
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Woven tote bags are among the accessories in the Kate Spade New York spring 2014 collection. Photo by © Dean Neville/BFAnyc.com
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NEW YORK — Enough of New York. The Kate Spade customer is ready to broaden her horizons, says chief creative officer Deborah Lloyd.

So for spring 2014, the Kate Spade New York collection has a European feel, with capri pants and peplum tops, lemon-printed circle skirts and matching bags for a visit to the isle of Capri, colorful Audrey Hepburn-esque sheaths along with pencil skirt-and-blouse combos for a walk in Paris gardens and a navy halter dress with a white strip down the bodice for the races at Monaco.

 "This season I wanted our girl to travel, even if she's  just sitting at her desk and dreaming about it, the eye can travel and the mind can travel, so we took her on a trip to Europe." 

"It's really about travel," Lloyd said during a presentation of the collection in a loft space converted into a European garden with fake grass and wrought-iron furniture. "Last season we were in New York City, where it all started for us 20 years ago. And this season for spring I wanted our girl to travel, even if she's  just sitting at her desk and dreaming about it, the eye can travel and the mind can travel, so we took her on a trip to Europe."

While branching more into clothing, the brand is still know for accessories, and there are plenty of cool looks, ranging from a clutch imprinted with temperature, gas and speedometer gauges to a woven tote with embroidered lemons and the words, "When Life Gives You Lemons."

Lloyd says she's thrilled about the new Kate Space New York flagship store currently under construction in Highland Village and set to open in spring 2014, just in time to showcase this collection. "It's our second (flagship store) ever, which is really exciting, so our Houston ladies are going to get to see our Madison Avenue collection — it's a special collection we just do for our Madison store, so it's for our flagship and will be in Houston soon."

Why Houston?

"We love the girls there. She loves us. She likes to dress up. She likes color. She likes to stand out in the crowd, so what better place?"

The company also recently opened a Kate Spade Saturday store in Rice Village aimed at a consumer who is younger and more budget-conscious than the more affluent Kate Spade New York customer.

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