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Kate Spade left behind four seasons worth of designs her company Frances Valentine is promising to produce

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 6/13/2018

a person in a black shirt © Andrew Toth / FilmMagic The late Kate Spade’s fashion statements live on.

Just over a week after the 55-year-old designer’s death comes word that Spade left four seasons of work behind at her three-year-old handbag and shoe company, Frances Valentine.

“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,” Spade’s business partner and close friend Elyce Arons told Business Insider.

“We will be stronger for her, more connected to each other through her,” Arons added.

Spade co-founded Frances Valentine in 2015 with her husband Andy and business partners Arons and Paula Venturi. The company is determined to honor the late designer’s legacy.

Besides four years worth of completed and designed work, Spade also left “an abundant library of her concepts,” Arons noted.

The promise of new items conceived by Kate Spade may offer solace for fans left reeling by Spade’s suicide at her New York apartment on June 5.

Since then, many items have sold out at Frances Valentine. And devotees have used social media to share how their Spade bags, shoes and other items became symbols of success, confidence and empowerment.

"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.”

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



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