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Making a good first impression, tipping for a haircut, dispensing with a large handful of cherry pits, and determining the so-called pedestrian passing lane on a crowded sidewalk are just some of the many etiquette conundrums we all face. As liberated as we've become in our dress and in our lifestyles, good manners are still essential.
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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743250665
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 04/14/2004
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 540,286
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 1Exercising Your Manners, 365 Days a Year13
The Daily Life of Manners
At Home, Yours or Others
Table Manners
My Idea of the 9-to-5
In the Public Eye
Manners on the Move
Dress Etiquette
Dressing Disasters
Social Spills and Gracious Recoveries
Section 2From Me to You: The Gentle Art of Communicating47
Artful Conversation
Telephones, Cell Phones, and Secondhand Chat
Written Correspondence
Invitations, RSVPs, Thank-You Notes
Letters I Love
Letter Trivia
Section 3A Manners Miscellany73
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
Animal Lovers
Apartment Living
The Good Sport
Manners Go Abroad
Money Matters
Andy's Truisms
Thank You92
Select Bibliography94

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.