Liz Claiborne to Acquire Kate Spade
November 13, 2006,
Liz Claiborne will purchase fashion design house Kate Spade LLC for about $124 million, including the retirement of debt. The deal is expected to close during the current fourth quarter.
Kate Spade ended its home textiles licensing agreement with Springs Industries 18 month ago and, to date, has not re-entered the business, although it earlier said it had plans to do so. A spokesperson for Liz Claiborne did not immediately respond to inquiries seeking to clarify Kate Spade's future in home.
"Our job now is to maintain the essence of Kate Spade while driving it to the next level — something we have done quite successfully with other acquired brands in our portfolio," said Trudy Sullivan, president of Liz Claiborne. Reporting $1.37 billion in sales for the third quarter last month, Liz Claiborne licenses an extensive soft home line through American Pacific Enterprises.