We were so saddened to hear that Kate Spade was found dead by apparent suicide today. Her influence on the world of design and fashion is immeasurable and we will so miss her iconic style.
From her handbags to her home goods, Kate brought delight into our lives by approaching simple items with a sense of joy and whimsy.
Her iconic trademarks—the little spade stamped on every bag, her love of polka dots, and her quirky, inspiring sayings—have captivated her fans for years, while her bold, sparkly aesthetic has inspired countless trends.
She encouraged people to tap into their playful side with a sense of confidence, and for many women a Kate Spade purse felt like their first step into adulthood.
Without Kate Spade, pineapples and flamingos would never have become must-haves and the world of design would be much less playful.
And as journalist Yashar Ali pointed out on Twitter, she was a trailblazer for women creating their own brands.
Celebrities and fans alike are speaking out on Twitter about the memories her designs evoke and the impact her style has had on their life.
Mindy Kaling shared how connected she felt to Kate's colorful aesthetic and female empowerment.
Former First Daughters Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush Hager both tweeted about receiving their first Kate Spade bags in college.
"Shameless" star Emma Kenney reminisced about how strong she felt wearing Kate's designs.
While Lena Dunham perfectly encapsulated the wide-reaching appeal her designs have.
And journalist Natalie Daher pointed out how Kate's designs appealed to women of all ages.