Fashion fans and social media followers alike have been continuing to mourn the tragic loss of one of the world’s most well-loved and highly-esteemed luxury designers since her sudden death just a couple of months ago.
Since June 5th, 2018, tributes galore have been paid to Kate Spade’s legacy, and her husband of almost twenty-five years Andy Spade released a special statement shortly after her passing, deeming her “the most beautiful woman in the world,” “the kindest person [he’s] ever known and [his] best friend for 35 years.”
In the statement, Spade also went on to address Kate’s battles with depression and anxiety, her struggles through different treatments, the status of their marriage, their much-talked-about “relationship problems,” and their lives as longtime professional collaborators. Together, the husband and wife team had founded Kate Spade New York back in 1993, sold the company in 2006, and then launched Frances Valentine a decade later in 2016.
He even added that both he and their thirteen-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix were heartbroken to the deepest of depths and were “devasted by her loss” -- they could not “even begin to fathom life without her” and were missing her all too much already.
In an Instagram post put out last week, Mr. Spade was paying tribute once again, this time, ushering in even more light and love to honor the heart and soul of his late wife. He did so through a Christmas-worthy message and photograph reminding everyone exactly how special Kate truly was.
She was born Christmas Eve, 1962. She loved the Midwest, the desert, and the city. I was lucky enough to have dear friends let my daughter and stay at their home through a difficult time. This tree was standing alone beside the house so we ordered those multicolored, old fashioned lights from Amazon or Target and another dear personal friend gave me a really Iong extension cord and Bea and I cut a star out of the cardboard box the lights came on and wrapped it in Reynolds wrap (TM) like we do every Christmas.
Posted on July 31st, Christmas came early on for lovers of the savvy fashion designer whose “iconic brand made her name synonymous with style,” as People.com put it, through a unique little photograph showing off a lonesome desert tree that would otherwise be desperately dreary if not covered in full by a delightful array of bright, colorful Christmas lights.
A star-worthy, heartfelt and truly honorary note to pay tribute to his life (and work) partner in crime. It’s giving us all the feels and too much more.
Let it be known that we miss you too, Kate. All too much and more.
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