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Kate Spade store coming to Lighthouse Place in Michigan City

Lighthouse Place in Michigan City.

Fashionistas have a reason to rejoice.

Kate Spade, a chic, urbane retailer known for its stylish handbags, "crisp colors, graphic prints and playful sophistication," will open an outlet store in the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets in downtown Michigan City this summer. The high-end global designer brand, which encourages its often upper middle-class customers to "live colorfully," will open a 2,800-square-foot store in the outdoor mall at 601 Wabash St.

“People have been clamoring for a Kate Spade at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets for years, and now we are excited to announce that it’s becoming a reality,” Lighthouse Place General Manager Chris Juricic said. “Adding an iconic brand like Kate Spade further drives home our commitment to bring the most sought-after retailers to Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets for our shoppers to enjoy.”

Kate Spade has more than 175 Kate Spade New York shops internationally that sell handbags, clothing, accessories, jewelry, perfume, shoes, swimwear, eyewear, gifts, stationary and home decor. The company started in 1993 when former Mademoiselle editor Kate Brosnahan Spade started designing colorful handbags, including the brand's signature square bag, and sold for $2.4 billion to Tapestry Inc. last year.

The former journalist, who's married to Andy Spade, the brother of the comedian David Spade, won acclaim for her lively designs and built Kate Spade New York into a global retailer with a "trademark wit created a visual shorthand for a brand recognizable the world over." She's been inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, and was named one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine.

The new Kate Spade outlet store, one of more than 100 stores at Lighthouse Place in Michigan City, will be located on the south end of the mall next to Gymboree Outlet and Claire’s.

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