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.

Kate Spade

Kate Spade Handbags

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:

Kate Spade

“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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