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Kenneth Cole Deletes Tweet Calling Kate Spade 'An Inspiring Accessory'

HuffPost logo HuffPost 6/6/2018 Ron Dicker

Kenneth Cole deleted a tweet calling fellow designer Kate Spade “an inspiring accessory” after her death on Tuesday, People magazine reported.

Cole absorbed backlash for his awkward tribute amid an outpouring of grief for Spade, who died at age 55 in an apparent suicide.

“She alone didn’t change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory,” Cole wrote in his original tweet.

a screenshot of a cell phone © Twitter

Cole later replaced the tweet with a more straightforward remembrance.

“I often say ‘we may not heel the world, but we hope to be an accessory,’” Cole told outlets in a statement that included an apparent pun on the word heal. “Kate Spade left an indelible mark on the fashion industry and my tweet was intended to pay tribute to her inspiring life and work. After posting the tweet, I realized there may have been room for misinterpretation.”

Even after Cole replaced the tweet, criticism of his earlier comment continued.

Kate Spade and Kenneth Cole (to her left) pictured together at a 2002 event. © KMazur via Getty Images Kate Spade and Kenneth Cole (to her left) pictured together at a 2002 event. This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Related: 5 Things You Never Knew About Kate Spade [Provided by Southern Living]

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