Kate Spade’s legacy and sense of style will live on through her label Frances Valentine - after her business partner revealed the designer left behind a year's worth of designs prior to passing away at the age of 55.
Elyce Arons, who founded Frances Valentine alongside Kate, her husband, Andy, and Paola Venturi told Business Insider the designer left them four seasons of completed, designed work, as well as an “abundant library of her concepts.”
“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. We will be stronger for her, more connected to each other through her,” Arons said by email.
Following the news of the late designer’s passing by suicide, the brand posted on social media: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and founder, Kate Valentine Spade, who will remain in our hearts forever.
Frances Valentine was Spade’s second label, founded in 2015 after the designer left Kate Spade New York in 2006 to spend more time with her 13-year-old daughter Frances Beatrix.
Spade’s dedication to the new brand was apparent - in addition to the designs she left behind, the late designer had changed her name to Kate Valentine.
Since Spade’s death on June 5, the retailer, which sells handbags and accessories, has been inundated with messages of love and sympathy - and purchases.
All 25 of the purses listed under new arrivals on the Frances Valentine website have since sold out and various other accessories on the website are also sold out as fans pay homage to Spade by wearing her designs.
And on social media, hundreds of people paid their respects to the designer by sharing photos of their first Kate Spade handbags and what the accessory meant to them.
“We have been inundated with calls and emails about product, but also about people’s emotional connection to Kate,” Arons said. “She was authentic and I think people sensed that and really felt close to her."