Retail News: Kate Spade New York at Pacific Place

Coming in August: rehearsal dinner dresses, big day accessories, and lots of inpsiration.

By Laura Cassidy June 8, 2011

When Kate Spade moves into Pacific Place in August; brides on their way to parties, honeymoons, and mother-in-law lunches will follow.

I don’t know if every set of wedding mag nerds speaks in coded shorthand the way we do around here, but

SMBG Staff A: Okay, I get, sort of contemp moderne. Well, I guess I was thinking more splash, less Virgin Suicides.

SMBG Staff B: Like, vintage Oscar at the tennis club?

SMBG Staff A: Like a Kate Spade ad.

Oh, right, like a Kate Spade ad.

No matter what the New York designer hath wrought—scores of bow-front ballet flats and balloons for adults—she and her team have put forth a wealth of spirited inspiration with their ad campaigns. If there’s a wedding blog inspiration board that doesn’t, at some point, reference the summer fun, primary colored lawn bowling party world of Le Spade, I haven’t seen it.

So, it’s a boon to the wedding obsessed, and the average appropriately excited-to-low-key bride-to-be, that a Kate Spade New York shop is opening in Pacific Place in August.

You’ll still have to go to Nordstrom’s Wedding Suite to find Kate Spade wedding and reception dresses, but the downtown store’s 1,600-plus square feet of ready-to-wear and accessories ought to give a girl plenty of options for shower luncheons, rehearsal dinners, wedding-day accessories, mini-moons in Palm Springs, and mega-moons in Rome.

And plenty of inspiration, too. When the space next to BCBG flings open its doors at the end of summer, I pretty much expect luxe astro-turf on the floors, tables set with peonies and preppy, poppy patterns, and polka-dot painted walls. And lots of balloons.

And lots of soon-to-be-married types (not to mention their event designers and floral visionaries) with wide-eyes, camera phones, and notebooks.

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