For Girls, Kate Spade
was their First Friend
By Desiree Pore
The fashion world mourns the loss of another great designer, as it was reported that famed designer Kate Spade was found dead in an apparent suicide. Spade was famous for her versatile handbags and their quirky, whimsical designs, which she later incorporated when she expanded her empire to ready-to-wear and homeware.
For most girls, Kate Spade was more than just a designer; she brought joy to a girl’s life just by owning one of her creations. Kate Spade items served as their gateway to the fashion world. Their versatility is what makes it a favorite of most, as this just adds to the charm. These women are just some of the many whom Kate Spade had a lasting impact on:
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
The daughter of former president Bill Clinton shared that she still keeps her first Kate Spade bag that she got during her college years.
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
The actress sported some of Spade’s designs all the time on her show The Mindy Project.
Jenna Bush Hager
I will never forget the first Kate Spade bag I got for Christmas in college. She was a trailblazer. Her life and death are a reminder that pain doesn’t discriminate. Sending love to her family.
— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) June 5, 2018
The daughter of former president George Bush echoed everyone’s sentiment that the designer was a trailblazer and an influence to a lot of people.
I remember when I got my first Kate Spade bag in high school. It was my most prized possession. My current wallet ,covered in bees , makes me smile every time I see it- it’s by Kate Spade. My heart is just broken for her family and loved ones.
— Beth Behrs (@BethBehrs) June 5, 2018
The 2 Broke Girls actress shared that her Kate Spade handbag was her “most prized possession.”
my heart is so broken hearing the news of Kate Spade. i grew up rocking her dresses and clothing and feeling SO strong, confident, and beautiful. thank you for your timeless work and empowering so many. my heart and prayers are with Kate and her loved ones. ❤ pic.twitter.com/NXrzcKiWqy
— Emma Kenney (@EmmaRoseKenney) June 5, 2018
The actress shared that the designer made her feel confident and empowered.
Kate Spade & her brand have always been so kind to me the past couple years & I’m crushed to hear about her passing. Suicide isn’t “the easy way out” and shouldn’t be mocked. My heart goes out to her family & team today 😭💕
— Tess Holliday 🥀 (@Tess_Holliday) June 5, 2018
The American plus-sized model shared that the designer has always appealed to girls of all shapes and sizes.
I loved @katespadeny’s beautiful and whimsical fashions. So sad. Prayers to her family.
— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) June 5, 2018
The TODAY show anchor commends the designer’s whimsical designs.
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
Dunham thanked the designer for her impact on her and praised her visuals and influence on young girls.