"As an accessory, a great bag that takes the outfit somewhere else is interesting", she told the AP in a 2000 interview. "(The brand) became one of those accessible but quirky fun, timeless labels that everyone had to have, and her rise was synonymous with her name".
Spade was found hanged by a scarf she allegedly tied to a doorknob, an NYPD source said.
Spade, 55, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday following an apparent suicide. "I said we could talk about it all - our childhood, etc". She taught them the joy of simple aesthetics. "It's an adornment, not an obsession". "It was a real shift", Mallis said. "And Kate Spade the brand seems to have crossed that threshold a while ago". The clothes - all bright and feminine and chic as heck - feel as if they are from the 50s, but with far more flattering cuts than anything anyone was wearing in the Eisenhower era. "They were affordable AND terrific AND fabulous". The officials didn't know what the note said. "She had a quirky visual language that captivated Bat Mitzvah girls and artists alike", Lena Dunham added in a tweet. "She was also a staple of NYC who spread goodwill".
Born Kate Brosnahan in Kansas City in 1962, she graduated with a degree in journalism from Arizona State University in 1985.
She based her bags on six shapes she thought every working woman needed, calling them her "stepping stones".
"It kind of makes [me] sound kind of cool, like a rap star or something", she told Business of Fashion in 2016. "She was a visionary".
Meanwhile, other family members strongly disputed Saffo's assertion that Spade's suicide was not "unexpected" or Saffo's depiction of the fashion icon's final years. "I still have mine". "I still have it". But it didn't take long as a Kappa Kappa Gamma to learn that Spade was more than a famous alum and sister, she was a role model. "I love getting them". "Please!' I know she perhaps had a plan, but she insisted she did not".More news: G7 finance chiefs kick trade dispute to leaders' summit in Quebec
"Saffo said she never expected Spade to kill herself, but noted her sister's fascination with Robin Williams" suicide by hanging in 2014. Tapestry, previously known as Coach Inc., later acquired the company for $2.4 billion.
"She had a light that words can't capture but touched everyone she came into contact with", Brosnahan wrote on Instagram alongside a video of Spade dancing with husband Andy Spade.
Wilson, of InStyle, recalled often finding her in her store, helping shoppers. "She was definitely anxious about what people would say if they found out".
Spade's handbags were a must-have, and she ranked among the NY designers to cement the minimalist look.
TMZ spotted the actor being consoled by a friend the morning after Spade's death. "Nobody could have ever anticipated that the next day, this was the news that would be flashing on our phones", she said.
When news of Kate Spade's death emerged on Tuesday, it hit hard.