Kate Spade may be tragically gone years before her time, but for her legions of continued supporters and fans it seems like the designer’s legacy — and ideas — shall live on… at least for the foreseeable future.
Reps from the late designer’s label, Frances Valentine, have confirmed what we’ve all been wondering in the backs of our minds, which is whether Spade left behind any of her signature ideas for bags, frocks or stationary before she so tragically left us on June 5th. It turns out that she indeed did, and that there could be at least four seasons worth of ideas in the works.
In an interview with Business Insider, Spade’s business partner and close friend Elyce Arons revealed there is an “abundant library of her concepts” available, and that while they don’t know what the future holds exactly, they’re “determined to continue to make her beautiful work live on through Frances Valentine.”
We suppose that’s some small comfort for fans of Spade’s work, especially if the company decides to donate a portion of future sales to a mental health charity or organization.
Spade founded Frances Valentine in 2015 with her husband, Andy Spade, along with business partners Arons and Paola Venturi. The brand itself hasn’t posted much following Spade’s death, choosing instead to thank fans while those who work within the walls grieve and figure out their next steps.
Thank you for all of your kind words and well wishes. Your shared stories and experiences of Kate and her influence have helped put smiles on our faces during this incredibly sad time.
She was truly an inspiration to us all. pic.twitter.com/MGRa6W3TQt
— Frances Valentine (@FValentineNY) June 7, 2018
As for Spade’s iconic brand, Kate Spade? For those who don’t know, the designer sold her name brand to Liz Claiborne in 2006, who in turn sold the brand to Coach’s parent company Tapestry for $2.4 billion US in 2017.
“Kate Spade the brand now transcends Kate Spade the person, which is how you know this is a truly successful brand,” William McComb, the former chief executive of Liz Claiborne told The Washington Post following Spade’s death. “Kate created something that was simple and stylish, modern and fun — and that’s what continues to this day.”
There’s some small comfort in that, isn’t there? The idea that Spade’s vision can live on through not one but two brands? We certainly think so.
“We have been inundated with calls and emails about the product, but also about people’s emotional connection to Kate,” Arons continued. “She was authentic and I think people sensed that and really felt close to her.”
If the hoards of messages and stories being shared online are any indication, we’d say that’s a pretty accurate statement indeed.
— Caitlin Anderson (@andcaitlin) June 8, 2018
Indeed. Let’s all try to live a little more colourfully today.