Passing of an Icon
As the news sinks in around the world about the passing of Kate Valentine, the founder of Kate Spade New York, I hope everyone takes a moment to hug your loved ones. Life is short, and this mornings news was a powerful reminder.
As I was not a personal friend, and I do not know the family, I don’t want to make comments or say anything that may be taken that way. My heart and prayers are with her family as they navigate this very personal tragedy on a very public stage. I hope as you comment or discuss, you remember she has a family she left behind, a young daughter on the cusp of womanhood, and one day may look back and see what the online world said about her mother. I would hope she reads positive memories and how her mother’s dream to create a simple handbag that was classic, functional, and fashionable launched a lifestyle brand that is beloved all over the world today.
I owe my love of color and whimsical wardrobe to the woman who created that simple bag I fell in love with back in the 1990’s. Thank you Kate Spade (later Valentine) for your ideas, your love of color, and your dream to bring beautiful treasures to the world. You will be missed.