Kate Spade left behind four seasons’ worth of work for her label Frances Valentine before she passed away.
The fashion world has been in mourning since the iconic designer’s suicide was announced just a week ago (05Jun18), and all 25 handbags on the company’s website since appear to have sold out. However, this is apparently not the last we’ve seen of Spade’s work, as her friend and business partner at Frances Valentine, Elyce Arons, recently revealed that they intend to continue her legacy at the brand.
“We don’t know what the future holds for us, but we are determined to continue to make her beautiful work live on through Frances Valentine,” she explained to Business Insider. “We will be stronger for her, more connected to each other through her.”
Spade, who left her namesake label in 2006 after selling her remaining shares to department store Neiman Marcus, co-founded Frances Valentine with Arons, husband Andy Spade and her other business partner Paola Venturi in 2016.
As well as a vast collection of completed and designed work, Arons added that Spade had also left behind an “abundant library of her concepts”. She also noted how grateful she and her colleagues were by the messages of sympathy the brand has received from its loyal customer base.
“We have been inundated with calls and emails about product, but also about people’s emotional connection to Kate,” the businesswoman shared. “She was authentic, and I think people sensed that and really felt close to her.”
In the wake of Spade’s tragic death, Frances Valentine wrote: “(We) are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and founder, Kate Valentine Spade, who will remain in our hearts forever.”
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