Fashionistas around the world are still reeling from the June 5th death of legendary accessories designer Kate Spade. Throughout the week, details of her shocking suicide have been plastered on the pages of gossip columns, with much speculation as to what lead to the tragedy.
But scandals aside, many fans are remembering Spade in a positive light by sharing their stories of what her designs meant to them.
Celebrities like Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump, and even Spade’s brother-in-law, actor-comedian David Spade, have taken to social media to tell their stories about how the effervescent designer touched their lives through her humor and unique sense of style.
Fashion mag Glamour even took it upon itself to compile a set of personal stories from everyday women who had remembered the thrill of getting their hands on their very first Kate Spade bag. Here’s one of our favorites, from 37-year-old physician Domi Le:
Kate Spade was a cultural icon whose designs have marked major milestones as a woman for me. My first Kate Spade New York bag was also my first fancy designer purse, and I remember being excited about my ability to own one and feeling like a grown-up. After college I’d saved up money from teaching piano and got a simple black nylon tote to carry with me during my medical school interviews. It still sits in the back of my closet as a reminder of how far I’ve come. Now as a mother, a KSNY diaper bag swings from my shoulder. Her pieces represent an understated, timeless elegance to which I continue to aspire.
Whether or not you consider yourself a “fashion person,” it’s hard not to be affected by a story like that. Sometimes, it takes a black, nylon purse paid for with piano lessons to give someone the boost they need to succeed.
It just goes to show you that art, whether it be through music, writing, or, of course, fashion, has a bigger impact on us than we might think!
To hear even more sweet “first bag stories” and to learn all about Kate Spade’s colorful legacy, be sure to watch the video below. She will be missed!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the late Kate Spade. Are you a fan of her designs? Do you have a “first bag story” that you would like to share?