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The Late Kate Spade's Celebrity Clients Share Their Thoughts On Her Tragic Death

Kate Spade, an American designer best known for her whimsical yet sophisticated handbag, accessory, and apparel designs, will be deeply missed by her global clientele, many of which are society's A-list men and women.


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The 55-year-old reportedly took her own life in the early hours of June 5 in her Manhattan apartment. She leaves behind her husband and business partner, Andy Spade, and her only child, 13-year-old Frances. Her company, Kate Spade New York, was founded in 1993 and has been a pillar of the fashion industry ever since.


READ: "My Kate Spade”: Women From All Walks Of Life Share The Wonderful Stories Behind Their Bags

Known to be a cheerful person whose sunny disposition was reflected in her work, Kate was not simply a designer to many, but also a dear friend, and even a woman who inspired others to find beauty in life. People from all corners of the world have come forward to share the stories behind their most meaningful Kate Spade purchases, as well as memories made with the woman herself. Overall, all those who have shared their thoughts in an outpouring of grief and loss have all agreed that her death was nothing but tragic and untimely.



Honoring the memory of the creative force that permanently reshaped the landscape of American fashion, here are what Kate Spade's famous clients had to say about her:


Lena Dunham




Tom & Lorenzo




Bette Midler




Jenna Bush Hager




Reese Witherspoon




Lucy Hale




Olivia Munn




Bryce Dallas Howard



What a devastating morning to hear that one of our most beloved American designers has passed. Seven years ago, I was asked to be the first celebrity ‘face’ of their brand. I still look back on that experience as a dream coming true. It may surprise some of you to know that I never actually met Kate Spade, but for as long as I can remember her fashion has influenced and inspired me. From quirky prints to ladylike cuts and everything in between, she designed with playful sophistication for every woman and girl. She made fashion fun and empowering and full of personality. What some of you may not know is that Kate Spade and her company (@katespadeny) were also dedicated to giving back, especially to women. The Kate Spade & Company Foundation provides approximately 1.2 million a year to nonprofit organizations who help provide women with access to tools and training to achieve economic independence. I hope that both her and her company’s work to bring fashion and women’s economic success to everyone continues as her legacy unfolds. My love is with her family and friends at this very sad time. If you or someone you know is feeling distressed, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 800-273-TALK (8255) or follow the link in my bio.

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Maria Shriver




Kat Dennings




Rachel Brosnahan




Beth Behrs




Tess Holliday




Viola Davis




Cynthia Rowley




Kristin Davis




Soledad O'Brien




Angie Harmon




Emma Kenney



Kate's fellow fashion designer, Kenneth Cole, also shared his thoughts on the tragedy. However, he was singled out in his tribute for Kate as he claims he was initially misunderstood. Kenneth, who is known to make puns on social media, previously tweeted, "’I believed that I could, so I did.’ She alone didn’t change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory.” Many thought that his words were insensitive and condescending, and the growing critcism prompted him to delete his original message and replace it with something more straightforward. 


Kenneth Cole



Cover and content image from "Inside Kate Spade's Artsy New York Apartment | Hollywood at Home | People" from the PeopleTV YouTube channel