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Looking back at Kate Spade

The world has lost another great woman & designer! RIP Kate Spade.

Kate Spade was an American fashion designer and businesswoman. One of the first of a wave of American women contemporary designers who emerged in the 1990s, she built a brand on the appeal of clothes and accessories that made shoppers smile. She embodied her own aesthetic, with her proto-1960s bouffant, nerd glasses and playful grin. Beneath that image was a business mind that understood the opportunities in building a lifestyle brand, almost before the term officially existed. Buying a Kate Spade handbag was a coming-of-age ritual for a generation of American women. The designer created an accessories empire that helped define the look of an era. The purses she made became a status symbol and a token of adulthood.

 

 

 

With a classic & modern sensibility, Kate Spade spoke to many women. She was known for her bright color combinations, polka dots & stripe patterns and minimalist & fun bag and fashion collections. She started with mainly handbags at first, but soon extended to clothing, jewelry, shoes, stationery, eye-wear, baby items, fragrances, tabletop, bedding and gifts.

 

 

Her name became a shorthand for the cute, clever bags that were an instant hit with cosmopolitan women in the early stages of their careers and, later, young girls — status symbols of a more attainable, all-American sort than a Fendi clutch or Chanel bag. Ms. Spade became the very visible face of her brand and paved the way for female lifestyle designers like Tory Burch or Jenna Lyons of J. Crew.

 


Kate Spade was a great designer with a unique perspective and style and will be always be remembered and respected for what she accomplished in her short life span.

 

REFERENCES

www.pinterest.com – Kate Spade

https://www.katespade.com

www.nytimes.com/2018/06/05/fashion/kate-spade-dead.html

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-kate-spade-changed-womens-fashionand-made-us-smile

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