Kate Spade handbags are a symbol of accomplishment and independence, according to women on Twitter
Women recounted the stories behind their first Kate Spade handbag and revealed why the bags are special to them
Kate Spade's handbag was more than just a purse for women. Many recall the eponymous label as a statement of independence and accomplishment. That is why when Kate Spade was found dead in her Manhattan Apartment on June 5 in an apparent suicide, many women took to social media to recall their first Kate Spade bag.
Author Melanie Benjamin said that she had made a pact with herself that, if her book 'The Aviator's Wife' hit the New York Times Best Seller list, she'd buy herself her first Kate Spade bag. "That was what I told myself — I make the list, I buy my first Kate Spade," she told CNN. And she did. She still has the bag and the dust cover it came with it, she adds.
True story: One of my dreams was to own a #KateSpade handbag & I vowed that if I ever made the NY Times Best Seller List, I would buy one. When AVIATOR'S WIFE made the list, I did - here's the photo I sent to my editor when I bought it. pic.twitter.com/p2QPjKavt2— Melanie Benjamin (@MelanieBen) June 5, 2018
Many other women tweeted out the stories behind their first Kate Spade. In the '90s when black leggings were raging in trend, it was Kate Spade's collection that rendered color to the era. It mostly struck fashionable girls transitioning to adulthood. For people like Jonquilyn Hill and Elizabeth Barr, Kate Spade bag was one of their first big purchases as professionals.
When I first got a job with a livable wage, one of my first purchases was a Kate Spade. I was so proud that I could buy something for MYSELF that was a better quality and more of an investment than the bags I'd been carrying. This is so sad.— Jonquilyn Hill (@jonquilynhill) June 5, 2018
I bought my first Kate Spade bag in her store in SoHo with my first paycheck. Hers was the first real entrepreneurial story I heard that resonated: She couldn't find the bag she wanted to carry so she made it herself. How many other young women did she inspire? We all thank her.— Elizabeth Barr (@elizabethbarr) June 5, 2018
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US President Bill Clinton and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, also remembered her first Kate Spade bag.
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.— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 5, 2018
For Taylor Jay, her first Kate Spade was an accomplishment and her first splurge into a world of luxury two years ago.
"It felt like an accomplishment for me because for the first time, I felt myself stepping into a world of luxury," Jay said. "Kate Spade's designs were otherworldly, crafted eloquently with genuine material. I appreciated it being luxury that was affordable but still not too easy to get without saving. I feel like a real woman carrying her bag on my arm."
When Jay secured a new job last fall, she celebrated by buying another Kate Spade bag.
Kate Spade was my introduction to luxury. When I started working full-time my first “real purchase” was a Kate Spade bag and wallet.— Taylor Jay (@AZealousVoice) June 5, 2018
Tawny Pham got her first Kate Spade bag when she turned 20-years-old. She rightly pointed out that the label marked the passage into adulthood. "I felt really mature but also innocent [because] Kate Spade's [designs] are ALWAYS so classy and cute," Pham said.
I’ll never forget the moment I got my first Kate Spade bag—it was like a rite of passage into an adult and I’m sure a lot of girls felt the same way ♠️— Tawny ❁ (@tawnysunshine) June 5, 2018
I hope that Kate Spade has now found the peace that she couldn’t have in this life wherever she goes. Rest in Paradise 💛
For actor Gloria Mann, Kate Spade bag was significant to her family tradition. She shared how she passed down her first Kate Spade bag to her daughter after her high school graduation.
My mother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I graduated from grad school, I then gave it to my daughter when she left for college. Her playful designs always made me smile. So saddened at #KateSpade passing. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.— gloria mann (@GloriaMann22) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade bags inspired women to keep working hard and stay stylish at the same time.
The first Kate Spade bag I ever owned gave me the confidence to walk with my head held high. She inspired many young women to be the best & happiest versions of themselves. The quirkiness of her designs allowed us to let go of our fears while still looking fabulous.— B. (@bby_foster) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade & Co. also donated handbags to young women so they would feel confident and empowered during their internships, says Soledad O'Brien.
Kate Spade and Co donated handbags to our scholars, so they'd show up at their internships looking great and feeling great. They always downplayed their gift, and maybe this sounds silly, but it was a big deal for our young women to show up to an important gig with a great bag. https://t.co/EbmpfSVhxZ— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) June 5, 2018