I remember someone once said there is a practical aspect to my designs, and I remember thinking, ‘That doesn’t sound so creative,’ but that is actually the truth. There is a practicality to it. I don’t design just to design. There is a reason and, hopefully, an interesting reason behind it - that is where my creativity comes in.

Kate Spade December 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018

identifying designers

Ellie Saab

Known for: lace, gems, crystals, pearls, detailed embroidery

Zuhair Murad

Known for: formal, flower, detailed

Dolce & Gabbana

Known for: elaborate prints, heavy embroidery, lace, and flowers


Known for: out-of-the-box but still showing elegance and luxury


Known for: flashy prints and bright colors

Alexander McQueen

Known for: dark colors, thick fabrics, animal motifs, and uniform and culturally inspired pieces

Christian Dior

Known for: costume deigns, head fabrics, and decorated jewels


Known for: bold and daring outfits even for daily wear

Betsey Johnson

Known for: wild, decorated, colorful, bold, and bright kitsch designs 

Kate Spade

Known for: colorful, stylish, upbeat, and practical women’s clothes


Known for: timeless and elegant suits and cocktail dresses and pastel-colored business casual

Karl Lagerfeld

Known for: bold elegance

Michael Kors

Known for: sportswear, luxury wear, boutique dresses, and accessories

Marc Jacobs

Known for: wild designs, bold colors, large patterns, dar and bright colors paired

“Kate Spade was found dead today by hanging herself with a red scarf.

Bright bold colors, cheery lemons and bees, classic lines, crisp stripes, and whimsical florals made up her designs. It’s amazing how different what a person produces can be to what they actually feel. Reminds me of Robin William’s tragic death. I wonder if we sometimes create what we want to feel and not what we actually do.

Don’t assume that a person is mentally well just because of aesthetic interests and disposition. If you are feeling unwell, take care of your mind, talk to someone who will help you sort it out, big or small. tel:1-800-273-8255”

RIP Kate Spade ♠️ (1962-2018)

“My brain has no heart, and my heart has no brain. That’s why when I speak my mind I appear heartless, and when I do what’s in my heart I seem thoughtless.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estes