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Happy birthday to Kate Spade! The New York fashion designer, who provided us with her namesake playful brand, turns 56 today. It all began in 1993, when she and husband Andy launched Kate Spade New York with a collection of nylon bags and it didn’t take long for the CFDA take note: Kate earned the Perry Ellis Award for Accessories in 1995 and Accessories Designer of the Year in 1997. Since then, her eponymous collection has turned into a lifestyle brand that includes apparel, jewelry, fragrances, and bedding, and the brand’s bright colors and edgy tag lines continue to be worn by fashion trendsetters like Jamie Chung, Zooey Deschanel, Solange Knowles, and Kerry Washington. Most recently we were introduced to its first ready-to-wear swimwear collection. Here’s to another year of retro-sophistication!