Those Little Black Boxes

RIP Kate Spade.

My heart is a little bit broken over this one. Not just because hearing someone successful and brilliant committed suicide and just how awful that is, but because personally, Ms. Spade’s work meant a lot to me.

My love for designer fashion began with Kate Spade’s bags. Those perfect little black boxes, lined in some pop of color, that were everywhere when I was a teenager. My first knock off was Kate Spade, and then my first real designer bag as well. (A darling brown houndstooth clutch with a purple satin lining that Uncle Mark gave me for Christmas one year.)

I carried a bright pink Kate Spade diaper bag in the iconic square shape as my book bag for college. And my favorite bag I’ve ever owned is an incredible purple PVC bucket with silver trim, that was carried on trains and subways for most of my years commuting into NYC. It carried the Twilight series, and Percy Jackson And The Olympians and Batman: Knightfall and All Star Superman, many many chicken sandwiches from Pret A Manger, and the notebooks that first gave birth to Annalise and Marina.

I have a thing about designer bags. As someone who loves fashion but struggles with weight, bags are my way to feel like I can participate in high fashion without feeling terrible about my body (That’s a whole other host of issues.) And that all started with Kate Spade.

But there was also something about her designs. They were fun, and colorful and bright and functional and feminine and million other things that just felt right to me. I’ve always said that if I ever get married half my registry will be Kate Spade, because the brand she built is just that in line with my aesthetic.

I hope that when she was well, Ms. Spade knew how many people she brought joy and light to. How she made the functional colorful and fun, and that the world is better for that. I switched over to yet another one of her bags this morning.Navy blue leather hobo, with cream polka dot lining. I can think of no better way to honor her than that.

If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts PLEASE get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255RIP

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