KATHERINE NOEL FRANCES VALENTINE BROSNAHAN SPADE
DECEMBER 24, 1962 – JUNE 5, 2018
I have waited a while to post this. I have loved Kate Spade from the moment I saw one of her purses featured in a magazine. Waaaay before the internet, online shopping and social media. I grew up in a small town in Washington State where it was crazy, even probably I would say frowned upon, in the early 90s, to purchase a $300-500 handbag. I could not afford one nonetheless, so all I could do was dream of the day when I finally could purchase one. Her line started to grow into stationary, dishes, housewares, etc. I was hooked. The bright colors, patterns and cute phrases were a joy.
Some would say “It’s Just A HANDBAG. Why so broken up about someone who designs handbags?” Well…..it’s not just about the physical handbag itself. It is what the handbag or object represents to you that matters. It may mean independence, a right of passage, a memory, or even joy just looking at something that makes you happy and feel good about yourself.
The woman who designed this stuff gets me. She got my aesthetic, style and ambiance. She is someone I aspired to become. Kate Spade herself was classy, nice to everyone she met and was gracious by all accounts. I regret I did not have any chance to meet her, as her style reflected mine and made me so happy.
Her cheery brand continued after she and her husband, Andy, sold the remaining shares of stock from her namesake company in 2006. The Coach Brand now owns the company and I will be posting another blog post in due time about some changes that are being made to the Outlet section of the company.
There are no words to describe the shock this has brought to my life and to the world. Kate and her family do not owe any of us any kind of explanation about why she took her life. However, we do have a glimpse into the reason. I am in the process of accepting the fact she is gone forever whenever I see a Kate Spade product in my home and in any store. It will take some time for me not to get teary eyed about it.
I will continue buying Kate Spade products as long as her essence still remains with the brand. Which, by all accounts now, is still happening.
Katherine Noel Frances Valentine Brosnahan Spade, thank you for bringing joy into my life and encouraging me to Live Colorfully. You will be missed.
Until Next Time….