The Royals

Great Kates in History

From real-life queens to Hollywood royalty, meet the other women who've created a lasting legacy

KATE SPADE

1962–Present
Legacy: Fashion accessories multimillionaire
No, we're not in Kansas City anymore. Three years after leaving her job at Mademoiselle to launch her eponymous line of handbags in 1993, the Midwest native was awarded a coveted CFDA award, an honor she again received in 1998. Perhaps the biggest reward for the editor turned designer? Selling her company (which has since expanded to include home decor, eyewear, stationary, beauty products and shoes) to Liz Claiborne in 2007 – to the tune of $124 million.