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Andrew Spade

Andrew Spade is a fashion designer who co-founded Kate Spade and Jack Spade. Born in Birmingham, Michigan, he attended Arizona State University, where he met fellow future-fashion designer Katherine Brosnahan. Together, they launched[…]

I think it’s from having a difficult childhood.

Question: Where does your sense of humor come from

Andrew Spade: I think it’s from having a difficult childhood. I think that a lot of your comedians – my brother specifically – I think a lot of things happened when we were kids. I mean nothing depressing, but obviously things that happen to a lot of kids. I think it was divorce. My father was a writer and my mother was a writer. And then the changes we made from moving to Michigan to Arizona, to a step father who had some problems who we used to make fun of a lot. And although it wasn’t. . . it shouldn’t have been funny, but it was very funny. And my mother is very kind of open and liberal and never took things too seriously . . . very dear, nurturing. But we obviously have had time to kind of laugh. And she loved to write and sing. And I think a lot of those influences, some are genetic obviously. And I think some just came from my brother was very funny. My older brother wasn’t very funny. So I fit somewhere in the middle. That’s, I think, where it came from.

Recorded on: 7/12/07