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So by now the Met Gala has passed, The Royal Wedding, and now just yesterday this very tragic news broke of kate spade’s passing. I originally heard the news around 930 am PT from a co-worker; it came to her phone on a news breif. She told me immediately as she knows how much I love kate spade. A lot of friends reached out to me actually because of that same reason. I was shocked to say the least. It’s always surprising to hear of someone’s death especially someone in the public eye. She was 55…to me that’s still young.
I really was reflecting and thinking about her and the brand she created before posting this. I’m a big kate spade fan. If you know me even a tiny bit or have followed this blog for a while, you know I’m obsessed with the brand. I can’t really afford her clothes, but basically all my purses are kate spade. I used to have a few of her dresses and they were so much fun, but then I gained some weight and sold them. 😦
I first became aware of the brand around late 2007, I wanna say. I was visiting my Grandma over on the West side (near Seattle) and there is this huge outlet mall that we always stop in before seeing her. It has so many stores that we don’t have in Spokane. I can’t remember all the exact details of what happened, as my memories are a little fuzzy (it was about 11 years ago), but I can surmise what happened. I was walking around and stopped in my tracks at the outside of the kate spade outlet store with all its colors, fun, and prints; they probably had some kind of whimsical window display that drew me inside. I do remember, vaguely, walking around the store in awe of all said colors and prints. I do remember seeing so many colorful purses that my jaw dropped in admiration and wonder. I had never seen anything like that before. It made my heart happy and I fell in love from the get-go.
I remember picking up a Jackie Kennedy Pink purse, although the shape I don’t recall, and I loved the quality, shape, and color. I put it back at the time, didn’t have the money, but I never forgot it. That whole experience stayed in my mind. The store felt and looked like Candy Land…so colorful and bright. I got on their mailing list shortly after and followed the brand closely. I got my first spade a few months after that on her 75% off sale….ahh I love those and that’s where I’ve procured a handful of them from. That or the spade outlet. It’s a coral-red leather shoulder bag with a bow and the inside lining is white with black polka dots…so good.
I feel embarrassed to say this, being such a huge fan of the kate spade brand and all, but I don’t know much about kate as a person. I know she started her brand with her college sweet heart & husband Andy Spade (brother of actor/comedian David Spade), they started it in their one bedroom apartment, and it started with six classic designs of handbags. I need to do some research because the only knowledge I have of the original purses are the black nylon ones. Did she start with leather too?? I don’t know, but I got to research it. If you have one of her older designs, show us a photo!! I see those fakes all the time though of hers with the colorful prints, modeled after her earlier days I assume.
But she sold her company and her shares in 2006; I became into it 2007, so maybe that’s why I don’t know much about her. I pretty much am familiar with Deborah Lloyd , who took the reigns shortly after as creative director. I want to say 2008-ish?? I’m out of the loop though apparently because I just found out that Lloyd stepped down as creative director this past December 2017. Ahh!!! I really liked her and how she expanded the brand into athletic wear, furniture, baby wear, and more…I think they need to do pet stuff next. If you know me, you know I have my sassy rabbit Ruthy and I would be all over the kate spade pet line. The company got bought out from Coach around December 2017 too, so I’m not sure what is happening now.
Anyways, so when kate sold her company, I’m not sure what went down. I assume kate spade started her brand with all the color and whimsy. I just read here she was inspired by her mom’s colorful purses growing up, which I didn’t know, but I knew she wanted a purse that was functional as well as sophisticated. This is a cool article The New York Times wrote in 1999 about kate spade. I wish it had photos though, but it gives some information on how they first started up.
Remember when she was referenced in season 3 of Sex And The City?? Episode 38: “The Big Time.” It was early 2000; once you are referenced on that show, you pretty much have made it.
Charlotte: Do you have another?
Carrie: Ladies, I am not Tampax central. Put on list: buy tampons.
Charlotte: Well, I have them at home but they won’t fit in my Kate Spade purse.
Miranda: Wow. Kate must have a tiny vagina.
Ha! So funny. Her purses are bigger now.
I don’t know it it was written in the contract to keep the origins of the brand (fun, color, whimsy, prints), but I’m glad they have stuck to it. The kate spade brand (I always do it lower case because they do; I think it’s some e.e. cummings type thing) has forever inspired me and fueled my love of fashion. I owe a lot to her. She reminds me to be daring, unique/stay true to who I am, be colorful, and have fun with fashion. She really created so much in her life time and I bow down to her creativeness. Like my words really seem not equipped to say how much I adore her brand kate spade she created. She also created the line Frances Valentine, in 2016, named after her daughter. It was their new venture of shoes and handbags; I’m not sure what is in store for that company now with her sudden passing.
I’m very heart broken to what happened to her, especially for her 13 year old daughter. I don’t know what happened, but it is gut wrenching. Her legacy will go on and I hope with the new owners (Tapestry formally Coach), they will keep true to her original concepts of color, whimsy, sophisticated, and functionality.
kate spade…you will be missed, but never forgotten!!
I do have the tattoo though behind my ear…hehe. Got in 3 years ago. That’s how much I love and believe in the brand.
Also, a few years ago, my former work bestie made up this motto: “spades forever!” And that’s how I sign each and every blog post. I also have it in scrabble letters on my mantel.
Hugs to all you spade fans out there and especially to the Spade family!
Thanks for reading.