A Day Off in Brooklyn With Kate Spade’s Deborah Lloyd

The designer kicks back with her favorite cocktails, and ice cream

Of course Lloyd's Boerum Hill abode is stylish, but the community members are, too. Her fashionable neighbors include "illustrators, photographers, designers, many like-minded people."
(Photo: Kaitlyn Flannagan for Observer).
“This is a great place for a quiet brunch - I love to sit outside and watch the world go by. Such great people watching!” exclaimed Lloyd. As for her go-to dish? “The classic Moules Frites!”
Bar Tabac, 128 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Lloyd considers City Foundry to be a hotspot for hidden treasures. The most memorable she's found? "My coffee table with a beveled glass top! I found it here while shopping with a friend a few years ago."
City Foundry, 365 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Early in the week, when Lloyd doesn't feel like cooking, Rucola is the go-to. You can usually find her, cosmopolitain in hand, sitting at the corner of the bar. She simply explained: "They make the best drinks, and the beautiful light and décor makes it one of my favorite places,”
Rucola, 190 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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“Van Leeuwen is just a few blocks from my house on the way to the subway, and that makes it perfect for my morning coffee run - they make the best whole milk latte,” Lloyd said. However, she has been known to stop there for a scoop of honeycomb ice cream for a special post-work treat.
Van Leeuwen, 81 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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It should probably come as no surprise that the person in charge of all things creative at Kate Spade lives in a quirky but cute home. And it’s true, Deborah Lloyd, the president and chief creative officer of the very New York label, resides in an adorable Boerum Hill abode.

She moved to Brooklyn nine years ago, into a neighborhood filled with creative types and plenty of Europeans. Clearly, it reminds her a bit of where she used to live, in Notting Hill, England. Her current neighborhood, teeming with plenty of greenery is also packed with chic boîtes, modern restaurants and a diverse selection of shops.

That’s why Boerum Hill might be the perfect place to spend a day off. You can wander from the artisanal ice cream shop Van Leeuwen to the antique hotspot City Foundry, which is exactly what Lloyd did with Observer earlier in August; she was taking a break from putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming collection.

This season, Kate Spade is doing things a little differently than before. Their usual over-the-top NYFW showing, which tends to be packed with celebs and fashion stars, will be open only to select editors, as the brand shifts their strategy to become more consumer-facing. As such, shoppers will have to wait until February 2017 to see full looks from the Spring/Summer 2017 show. But with Lloyd’s keen eye and talented design hand, it will certainly be worth the wait.

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