Tapestry has appointed Anna Bakst as CEO and Brand President of Kate Spade. She will be responsible for all aspects of Kate Spade globally and will report to Victor Luis, CEO at Tapestry. Bakst succeeds Craig Leavitt, who left Kate Spade in 2017.
In her most recent position, Bakst served as Group President of Accessories and Footwear at Michael Kors. She led the global design, production and merchandising teams and oversaw domestic wholesale distribution. She also previously served as President of Accessories and Footwear at Donna Karan International.
“Anna’s focus on product innovation — notably in the key categories of accessories and footwear — will be a key pillar of the Kate Spade growth strategy,” Luis said in a statement. “Her deep experience in design, development and merchandising and her global consumer knowledge will be invaluable assets propelling Kate Spade’s next chapter of growth.”