Back in January of 1993, a company launched that would go on to become one of America’s leading handbag brands. That company was Kate Spade. Founders Kate and husband Andy Spade left the über-successful business in 2007 and have now gone on with two former Kate Spade colleagues to launch Frances Valentine, a design house with an eye for playful, feminine style. She is so committed to it that she’s even changed her last name from Spade to Valentine (though it’s worth noting that the latter is a family name; her grandfather's middle name, to be exact)! That’s some dedication. I once saw the two of them speak at an Amex forum and was very impressed with their story, so it was lovely to talk with her personally about what to expect from the new NYC-based studio. If you saw my post on the best beach totes, you know I’m already a fan!
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I’ve combed the Internet far and wide to find you the best frugal bags the web has to offer. Guess what? There’s so much to pick from! I managed to narrow them down to a hefty nine favorites, each with something different to offer. I found them; now you go get them. And speaking of shopping smartly, Tibi’s sample sale kicks off on Monday, so be sure to strike their site for deep discounts on Pre-Fall, Fall, Holiday, and some Resort pieces, all at up to 70% off.
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