In 2014 Betts launched Kate Betts+Co., a New York City-based content company specializing in the creation of compelling luxury brand narratives for a broad range of clients in the fashion, beauty, and hospitality sectors.
Betts is the author of the recent New York Times bestseller, My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine as well as the critically acclaimed book on the First Lady’s style, Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. She was the subject of the 2001 Lifetime documentary, Putting Baby to Bed: Wife, Mother, and Editor in Chief, about her experience as the youngest editor ever to take over a national fashion magazine. Betts was named editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar in June 1999. She moved to Bazaar from Vogue, where she was the fashion news director from 1991 to 1999. At Vogue, Betts was editor of many of the magazine’s most popular sections, including Vogue’s View and Vogue’s Index.
Fluent in French, Betts was named one of the top 10 fashion editors by Forbes magazine. She was the 2011 recipient of the Mary Lou Luther Award for excellence in fashion journalism. She has written for over thirty national publications and appeared on television regularly including CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, and The View. She reports regularly for CNN and NPR’s Marketplace and lectures frequently at top universities on the topics of managing innovation, mentoring in the workplace, and First Lady style.
A graduate of Princeton University, Betts lives in New York City with her husband and two children.