Just over a couple of hours ago, social media blew up over the death of iconic fashion designer Kate Spade. Born Katherine Noel Brosnahan, Kate started her eponymous label in 1993 with Andy Spade. The brand started off selling only women’s handbags, but expanded to selling women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and such.
It comes as no surprise when the public decided to honour Kate Spade by posting photos of their first ‘colourful, classic, and conversation starters’ Kate Spade designed handbags up online. The impact her brand had on the public was tremendous, and especially when Kate passed suddenly in a manner of suicide. Celebrities and fashionistas alike took to Twitter to express their sympathies:
Ask any girl around my age about getting her first boxy Kate Spade bag and she’ll probably have a story to tell you. It was a magnificently simple cultural marker.
— Abby Gardner (@abbygardner) June 5, 2018
Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 5, 2018
Shocked to hear of Kate Spade’s passing. She was a pioneer for women’s fashion, and to the outside world, a success in every way. But mental illness does not discriminate. No matter who you are. If you ever feel alone, know there is ALWAYS help. Love you.
— Jessica Vosk (@JessicaVosk) June 5, 2018
Depression hits anyone any time it doesn’t care how successful U r, how rich U r, how outwardly happy U may seem to b. RIP Kate Spade. What sad shitty news.
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) June 5, 2018
Very saddened to hear about the passing of Kate Spade. Mental illness does not discriminate and can happen to anyone with any circumstances. I hope she has found peace ❤
— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade was more than a designer. 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.
— 💎 Lena Dunham 💎 (@lenadunham) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade was found dead in her New York apartment at age 55, the cause being an apparent suicide.