The world of fashion is in shock this week after iconic handbag designer Kate Spade passed away at the age of 55.
The visionary founder of Kate Spade New York was found dead by suicide in her NYC apartment. She is survived by her husband Andy and 13-year-old daughter, Frances. Kate’s brother-in-law, actor David Spade, has honoured her best qualities with touching tributes online:
Kate built her brand over 25 years to become one of the world’s most recognisable labels. Kate’s colourful, joyous and playful accessories have been adored by women for decades. Owning a Kate Spade handbag has meant so much to so many young American women and women internationally as a coming of age item.
Many celebrities and fans of the brand have shared their fond memories of Kate Spade and their first purchases in celebration of the designer’s legacy:
My heart and prayers go out to Kate Spade and her family. What a wonderful, talented woman who will be dearly missed.
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) June 5, 2018
My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 5, 2018
#KateSpade, whose lively, colorful, and yes, joyous designs has died. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends, and her many fans around the world, who loved the wonderful illusions she created. I am stunned.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) June 5, 2018
I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. I have worn her clothes many, many times. They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them. You couldn’t walk into her boutiques and not smile. Rest In Peace, Kate.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade was more than a designer. She had a quirky visual language that captivated Bat Mitzvah girls and artists alike. She was also a staple of NYC who spread good will. My heart breaks for her family. Thank you, Kate, from one of the millions you made feel beautiful.
— 💎 Lena Dunham 💎 (@lenadunham) June 5, 2018
“If you’re as honest and fair as you can be, not only in business but in life, things will work out. I hope that people remember me not just as a good businesswoman but as a great friend — and a heck of a lot of fun.” – Kate Spade, Glamour Magazine
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