May 25, 2017

Think Kate Spade and you may think ultra-femme designs with a whimsical punch. You’re not wrong, but let’s get one thing clear: that’s not all the designer has to offer. Ever since she—who brought you Kate Spade New York back in 1993 and who parted ways with the brand in 2007—presented us with her new line, Frances Valentine, we haven’t been able to get enough of the woman behind the stunning designs.

Lucky for us, Spade sat down for an intimate Q&A, dishing on all things design inspo, pet peeves, workplace dynamics, and (yes) her dairy of choice. Watch the video shot by Simon Hacker above, and shop our favorite pieces from Frances Valentine, below.

 Courtesy of Frances Valentine

Shop it: 'Katy' Mary Jane, $395; francesvalentine.com

 Courtesy of Frances Valentine

Shop it: 'Honeypot' basket bag, $195; francesvalentine.com

 Courtesy of Frances Valentine

Shop it: 'Pauline' metallic mules with pom, $345; francesvalentine.com

 Courtesy of Frances Valentine

Shop it: Striped shoulder bag, $345 (originally $495); francesvalentine.com