The devastating news of her tragic dead at 55 years old has left the fashion world mourning and remembering Kate Spade’s great impact in the fashion industry, not only in United States, but all over the world.
TMZ reported that Spade left a suicide note to her daughter, but instead of focusing on the details of her passing, this post is more about her and her work in the fashion industry.
Although Kate Bresnahan Spade sold her brand in 2007 (which started back in 1993), the creative started in 2016 the new company Frances Valentine, named after her daughter, and focusing in shoes and accessories.
Spade began her career working in the accessories department of Mademoiselle, eventually working her way up to senior fashion editor/head of accessories. She left the magazine to start her own handbag brand, reportedly because she didn’t think there were enough fun options available in the market.
The designer, who studied journalism at Arizona State University, said back in the 90s that she was looking for something more personal, less serious but at the same time timeless.
“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”, she said to Glamour.
The sam, the classic design, is still part of the catalog. Have you ever had one? Different colors, materials and prints, but the same silhouette.
But her new brand, Frances Valentine (Kate even changed her name to Kate Valentine in honor to her new project), have the same playfulness than the first one, which makes us fall in love with the latest designs. In case you haven’t checked them… here are some pieces:
The Honeypot 💛 our best-selling basket bag. Today we’ll be launching some brand new basket silhouettes that we’re super excited about. Stay tuned… . . . . . #francesvalentineny #francesvalentine #katevalentinespade #basketbag
And Kate Spade
But before finishing this post, I’d like to add that depression is a real mental illness, no matter age, sex, social status. If you think that this can be your case, don’t hesitate and ask for help, talk to family, friends or call the Lifeline, 24/7, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)