‘You don’t know me but I know you’: After Kate Spade’s death, people are sharing how the designer touched their lives through fashion

  • Kate Spade was found dead on Tuesday.
  • Many people shared stories on social media about the impact of Spade’s designs on their lives.
  • Spade touched many lives over the years, with many people saying the designer’s bags and other products helped guide them into adulthood.

On Tuesday, the fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment in New York in an apparent suicide.

Spade was a hugely influential figure in the fashion industry. Her namesake business, Kate Spade New York, has more than 315 stores globally, including more than 140 in the US.

People on social media are sharing how Spade’s designs touched their lives over the years. Known for iconic bags and classic pieces, the Kate Spade brand is instantly recognizable and nostalgic for many.

“It seems trivial and silly but Kate Spade was a huge part of my coming of age, a preppy security blanket during my least secure time,” one person wrote in a caption on a high-school photo on Instagram. “I even had a pencil case. I’m shocked to hear of her tragic passing today, she was clearly in unbearable pain.”

“You don’t know me but I know you,” says another caption on a photo of a Kate Spade bag. “You brought a simplicity and peace to my life through clean lines and high contrast. Your happy polka dots and florals have always helped me find clarity among the chaos. It’s what you stood for and it helped me find myself.”

Chelsea Clinton tweeted: “My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.”

For many, Kate Spade brings back memories of years past

Spade’s designs were hugely influential for many

People took the opportunity to thank the designer for the work she did

Dozens of people who never met Spade paid tribute to the designer’s impact on their lives

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.