Deborah Lloyd, Chief Creative Officer at Kate Spade

For 10 years, Deborah Lloyd was the Chief Creative Officer at Kate Spade. Which meant she was responsible for overseeing design, store design, and creative marketing. Deborah joined the company in 2007 and made it the iconic brand that it is today.  Deborah Lloyd was a pupil at Shrewsbury High school until 1977. Whilst at school, she started her first job selling jeans at Jean Genie.

Deborah then went to Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, London, followed by the Royal College of Art where she gained a distinction. She worked as a fashion designer for many leading international companies.

Her big break was as Vice President of Women’s design at Burberry responsible for the reinvention of a classic heritage brand. After five years she was headhunted to become creative director of Banana Republic in New York when she moved to Kate Spade to become President and Chief Creative Officer.

Her advice for the current girls is to be tenacious. To stand out from the crowd and have a point of view. To always do your homework before meeting people. To have pride in your work – if something is worth doing, do it to the very best of your ability. To always be gracious. And smile, it will get you so much further!