Whether you're in Boston or in Phoenix, and whether you're a record producer or a dog groomer, the same quandaries can occur: Who goes through a revolving door first, a man or a woman? When is it polite to correct someone's mispronunciation of your name? And what if you can't see over the head of the person who has just sat in front of you at the movies?
For Kate Spade, growing up in a large family required good manners, and to this day they are a natural part of her daily routine. In Manners, she shares her ideas about etiquette in lighthearted but down-to-earth terms. Kindness, common sense, and levity are the foundation for good manners at home, when dining, in the office, or out in public (at a sporting event or on an airplane). The art of communication is still important today, especially when it comes to written correspondence and being considerate when using cell phones, and Kate has something to say on both subjects. A "Manners Miscellany" concludes the book, casting a wide net over topics such as air kissing and "we must do lunch" to competitive parking, rain checks, and re-gifting.
Manners is an unpretentious guide to navigating the social shoals of modern life. Kate's sensible commentary coupled with the nearly 200 captivating watercolor illustrations make Manners a welcome addition to any home library. As portrait photographer Slim Aarons writes, "Good manners are never passé."
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Kate Spade and her husband and partner, Andy, created kate spade in 1993. In addition to handbags, the world of kate spade now includes a line of tabletop, bedding, and other accessories for the home; shoes; glasses; social stationery; and a beauty collection.
In 1996, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) honored Kate Spade's classic designs with the Perry Ellis Award for New Talent in Accessories Design, and again in 1998, as Accessory Designer of the Year. In 1999, her handbags were exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for the first National Design Triennial, celebrating excellence in American design.
This self-styled midwesterner lives in New York City with Andy and their dog, Henry.
Table of Contents
|Have You Ever Wondered ...?||4|
|Section 1||Exercising Your Manners, 365 Days a Year||13|
|The Daily Life of Manners|
|At Home, Yours or Others|
|My Idea of the 9-to-5|
|In the Public Eye|
|Manners on the Move|
|Social Spills and Gracious Recoveries|
|Section 2||From Me to You: The Gentle Art of Communicating||47|
|Telephones, Cell Phones, and Secondhand Chat|
|Invitations, RSVPs, Thank-You Notes|
|Letters I Love|
|Section 3||A Manners Miscellany||73|
|Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice|
|All in the Family|
|Social Graces, Minor Annoyances|
|Hospitality and Food|
|What's Mine is Mine|
|Gifts, Gifting, Re-Gifting|
|Museums and Galleries|
|The Good Sport|
|Manners Go Abroad|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kate Spade's manners are just like her hand bags -- simple, chic, and never out of style. She covers almost every occassion with simple rules to live by. It's not pretentions -- just the facts. A modern day equivalent of Emily Post's rules. I love the illustrations -- a must have for any classy lady.
This is an pure american manners book.The real manners are coming only from Europe.You just don't re-gift people back with a gift that was given to them.This is very stupid, it is embarassing to do that.I was surprise to see that kind of idea.Who does such think? That is really bad to write in a book and to teach others to give the gift back if "don"t fit".If you mean anything else you should be more clear because the woman I gave this book to as a gift, returned it to me for the same reason, because she found that on the page 82.I do not have good expectations from a woman that claims she is a prophet(more Psychic in my opinion).If she was a prophet God will teach her the good manners wich she does not have at all.See for this kind of people this book is very low in informations.Oher thinks are missing from this manners book.