By Bailey Calfee; Photography by William Ross

Deborah Lloyd

Creative Director, Kate Spade

| Boerum Hill

Bright prints, saccharine bows and a polished, yet playful esprit have always defined the Kate Spade girl we know and love, but the woman responsible for making her a more grown-up, modern and worldly version of herself as of late? That’d be none other than Deborah Lloyd, Kate Spade New York’s current Pres and Chief Creative Officer. After successful stints at both Burberry and Banana Republic— she was VP of Women’s Design, then Executive VP of Design & Product Development— the British designer joined KS NY where she oversees all creative aspects for the Kate Spade and Jack Spade brands (think PR, merchandising and product design). All in all, her KS reign is proof she’s onto something—Lloyd successfully led the iconic New York brand through a contemporary renaissance: one for a new era of “It” girls that are at once quick, curious, playful and strong. A bird cage handbag here, a daisy-printed party skirt there, life may be hard, but Lloyd proves it can also be so sweet. Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Ki Sushi (MAP IT, x)— the Maguro tuna avocado roll, TNT truffle (blue fin toro, caviar, scallions and tempura flakes wrapped with tuna in truffle soy sauce) and broiled black cod are fantastic!

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Van Leeuwen (MAP IT, x); they make the best latte.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Indochine (MAP ITBOOK IT, x)! Order anything on the menu— it’s all so good.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A cosmopolitan from Rucola on Dean Street (MAP IT, x).

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: The Roof at The Viceroy (MAP IT, x).


BEST BRUNCH: Bar Tabac on Smith Street (MAP IT, x)— I love to sit outside and watch the world go by.

HEALTHY STAPLE: City Bakery (MAP IT, x) for a green market salad.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Dover (*Location permanently closed) for their caviar pie!

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: All of the great vintage shops: Horseman Antiques (MAP IT, x), Bright Lyons (MAP IT, x) and Town and Country (MAP IT, x).

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: My dogs, Stanley and Lulu.

REGULAR AT: Dashing Diva (MAP IT, x) for the best gel manicure ever. Also, Dandy Dog Walker (x) looks after my pups when [the dogs] are in Brooklyn.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Robert on Bond Street (MAP IT, x).

DELIVERY GO-TO: Curry from Curry Heights Indian Restaurant (MAP IT, ORDER IT, x), Pad Thai from Lemongrass Grill (MAP IT, x) and Ki Sushi.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: Horseman Antiques.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Aesop on Bergen Street (MAP IT, x) or GRDN on Hoyt Street (MAP IT, x).

FOR HIM: The Brooklyn Circus (MAP IT, x) and Bright Lyons.


FIT PICK: I have an amazing personal trainer, Victor (x) who comes to my home. I highly recommend him! (Contact Victor at [email protected])

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: Sitting in my Brooklyn home in the hurricane watching trees vertically fly past the windows— you don’t see that very often! CP

Deborah’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Inside The Roof; The NoMad Hotel; Rucola; Kate Spade hat. Second Row: Arrangement from GRDN; Van Leeuwen coffee; Kate Spade; Inside Aesop.


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