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The fashion world lost a style icon this week with the passing of legendary purse designer Kate Spade. Her body was found in her New York apartment Tuesday by a housekeeper after what police are ruling a suicide. The 55-year-old also reportedly left behind a note for her 13-year-old daughter telling her not to blame herself for her death.

The designer’s story has added to the international dialogue on mental health with her sister sharing publicly that Spade struggled with mental illness, namely bipolar disorder. Many of Spade’s family members and friends have come out to say that they had no idea she was struggling or dealing with anything out of the ordinary. Her death is a reminder that just because someone seems “happy” doesn’t mean they’re okay.

In honour of the fashionista, people are sharing stories online of their first purchases of her handbags. For a lot of women, buying your first Kate Spade is a sign you’ve “made it.” Whether it’s a graduation gift, a treat for getting that promotion or a push present, most women have a deeply personal story associated with their Kate Spade bag (or bags, if you happen to be so lucky). Some men are even getting in on the reminiscing and sharing stories of buying Kate Spade handbags for the women in their lives.

The online stories also capture the sheer power of a simply but beautifully designed accessory. A Vanity Fair writer even shared her story of conducting a spur-of-the-moment interview with Spade herself while carrying a knockoff of one of her purses. Spade was kind even though it was apparent to her that the bag wasn’t original. The encounter also happens to be the catalyst for one of the key moments in the writer’s early relationship with her now-husband.

If you need a bit of a boost after hearing the news, you can read more sweet stories about Spade here. Also, in the spirit of addressing mental illness, remember there is help out there if you need it.