People are tweeting about their first Kate Spade handbag in tribute to the tragic designer

Both celebrities and regular shoppers alike have uploaded pictures of their beloved purchases, in the wake of the handbag mogul being found dead in her apartment on Tuesday.

One of the heartwarming stories on Twitter is how a couple of best friends saved up at college and bought each other their first Kate Spade bags for Christmas.

Another woman said how receiving her first Kate Spade bag after graduating made her feel like a “grown, professional woman ready to take on life”.

Meanwhile one lady said she saved up all her money from a summer job to purchase one of the bags and would visit the store frequently until she had saved enough.

Kate, 55, took her own life in her Manhattan flat, allegedly leaving a gut-wrenching suicide note to her teenage daughter, which read: "Bea – I have always loved you. This is not your fault. Ask Daddy!"



One user wrote: “Kate bought whimsy and joy to my everyday life—some of the most beautiful, artistic bags I have ever seen come from her label.”

Sharing some from her collection, the Twitter account holder added: “These are some of my favorites. Rest in peace, and thank you for making the world a little more colorful for us.”

While the bags are stunning by themselves, they represented something deeper for some fans.

One woman gushed how owning a Kate Spade bag helped her learn “what independence felt like” and she said this was the first time she had truly “felt like a woman”.









Other users echoed the thoughts and said that purchasing one of the designer’s items made her feel “so mature and sophisticated, like I was finally ready to take on the world.”

And one shopper simply said that Kate Spade had changed her perception on bags forever.

They explained: “Kate Spade was a legendary designer and as a young woman I always despised the idea of owning a purse until she alone showed me how it could be powerful.

“She embodied the modern woman. RIP Kate Spade”.

Kate met her husband Andy when they were working at a men’s clothing store in Phoenix, Arizona while at university.

Together they launched Kate Spade Handbags in 1993, initially selling handbags before expanding to include clothing, jewellery, bedding, legwear and fragrances.

It became one of the biggest names in female accessories and stars including the Duchess of Cambridge, Anne Hathaway and Taylor Swift have been pictured with her handbags.

There were more than 140 Kate Spade New York outlets in the US alone and more than 175 worldwide.

Despite her meteoric success, she sold her firm for around £22million in 2007 to spend more time with her daughter.

It was eventually sold to Liz Claiborne Inc for £92.6million and in May last year, Coach Inc bought it for £1.8billion.

The deal transformed Coach into a fashion powerhouse, a strategy that European counterparts including Louis Vuitton have built their businesses on.

Kate got back into the fashion game in 2016, launching luxury footwear and accessory brand Frances Valentine.

Kate, who built a fashion empire on her signature handbags, suffered with manic depression but refused to get help in case it damaged her brand, her sister revealed.

Her devastated sister Reta Saffo revealed Spade had been suffering with a mental illness for the last three or four years and her suicide “was not unexpected by me”.


  • Actress Lena Dunham, 32, described the mum-of-one as “more than a designer”. She added: “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.”
  • Chelsea Clinton, 38, tweeted: “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.”
  • Ivanka Trump, 36, wrote: “Kate Spade’s tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another’s pain or the burden they carry.”
  • Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale added: “Very saddened to hear about the passing of Kate Spade. Mental illness does not discriminate and can happen to anyone.”
  • Journalist Guy Raz, who featured Spade on the How I Built This podcast last year, said he was “totally shocked” to hear of her death.
  • And model Tess Holliday tweeted: “Kate Spade & her brand have always been so kind to me the past couple years & I’m crushed to hear about her passing.”

She said family members had tried to help the mum-of-one get help but she was concerned that seeking treatment might harm the image of the “happy-go-lucky” Kate Spade brand.

Paying tribute, Kate’s family said in a statement: “We are all devastated by today’s tragedy. We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly.

“We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”

The company Kate Spade also released a statement following the “incredibly sad” news.

It said: “Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand.

“Kate will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.”

Previously Kate said she wished she “worried less” in one of her final interviews.

Here are tweets from stars who were fans of Kate’s popular brand. 

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