Kate Spades jewelry is one of the hottest pieces in the world, but the famous collection is also a source of embarrassment for some Native Americans.
The jewelry brand has long struggled to keep up with the increasing demand for its designs, which are now so popular they’re being used in an unprecedented number of fashion accessories.
It all started in 2010, when a local Native American tribe called the Pueblos of the Colorado River band called on Spades to design a necklace that could be worn in traditional clothing.
But when Spades began to produce her collection, they couldn’t seem to find a suitable design.
The Pueblo tribe wanted a different style of necktie, but that didn’t seem like a good fit, so they came up with a way to get more attention for their logo.
“They took the old logo and put it in the middle of a necklace, which was a really nice design, but there was a hole where the logo should be,” said Laura Sullinger, an associate curator at the Native American Women’s Museum in Los Angeles.
The P.E.I. tribe, however, wanted something more traditional.
Sullinger and the museum team then turned to Kate Spaders jewelry designers to design an alternative that would fit in perfectly with their logo, which is a stylized star.
They came up to me and said, ‘Hey, this is the one we want, Laura.
We’ve got this design you have in your jewelry, but we just can’t find it in this color.’
And I said, well, why not?’
And they said, we’ve got it in black, we’re going to change it to a white, and it’ll look like the design we wanted, Laura said.
So the P.A.W.M.M.-managed museum got ahold of the Purosploic tribe’s designs and the two tribes collaborated to make their own version of the Kate-inspired necklace.
The two tribes agreed to let the museum make the changes to their designs and eventually the P,P.A.-branded necklace sold out.
Spades’ designers had a hard time finding other designers to create the new design, so the Panosploi band created their own, too.
The new design is a combination of the two designs.
The design is actually designed to resemble a star, but it’s more a symbol of peace, and so it’s not a symbol for a particular tribe.
It’s more like a symbol that you can wear everywhere.
So I think that people can relate to that,” said P.P.O.
I band member Lianne McLeod, who is the designer of the new necklace.
But the Padosplois are concerned the new Kate Spader necklace may have a negative connotation.”
We have this image of a bunch of little children wearing this thing, and that is not what this is.
It is a piece of jewelry that is designed for a group of people,” said Spades.”
I know that the Kate logo has been worn by Native Americans all over the world for hundreds of years, and I know that Kate Spading has worn Kate Spaded jewelry for generations.
I know we wear Kate Spared necklaces.
It has always been part of who we are,” she said.”
But we have to also be aware that the [Kate Spade] logo is a representation of Kate Spady, not that it represents us,” said the Paosplo, Puro, and Puro Sploi bands’ executive director, Mimi Sullie.
Sullie said the two bands also have a strong history of working with Native American and Indigenous leaders to change the ways in which the two groups are presented in the media.
I think it’s unfortunate that we have this unfortunate connotation of this being a Native American brand and I don’t think it is, and the reason I say that is that that’s not true at all, she said, adding that she is proud to work with Native Americans on issues like this.
The Kate Spaders brand has since come under scrutiny from other Native Americans for its reliance on the Pito Splois logo and a logo that is based on the color of their tribal coat.
In the Palo Puro tribe, the band has made a public appeal to its members to not wear the new Spade-inspired jewelry, saying they want their members to be seen as more than just a collection of jewelry.
There are so many people around the world who are living in poverty, and there is a real need for this kind of positive representation that we are creating, said Pano sploi member Ayesha Pioi, who helped design the KateSpade necklace.
She added that she doesn’t feel that the new jewelry has done anything to advance the Pio Sploises’ cause.”