After news broke that the designer Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment this morning, her fans, and those of the company she founded with her husband Andy Spade in 1993.
Many people, including Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump, posted fond remembrances of the first Kate Spade bag they purchased.
Ms. Spade once said she created her own company because she was frustrated with the over-accessorized styles of handbags that were prevalent in the 1990s. She wanted “a functional bag that was sophisticated and had some style,” she told The New York Times in 1999.
Soon after the Spades opened their first store in SoHo, Ms. Spade’s designs became a coveted but accessible status symbol, winning industry awards and lifelong fans.
For many women, a Kate Spade bag was their first designer purchase.
Ms. Spade and her husband left the company they founded in 2007, and returned to fashion in 2016, with the launch of an accessories label called Frances Valentine.