Kate Spade: High school handbags and the New York City dream

By Victoria Park
BBC News

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Image caption, The fashion designer photographed amongst her handbags in 1999

Millions of people across the world have flooded social media with tributes expressing their sadness at the death of renowned designer of clothes, shoes, jewellery and accessories, Kate Spade.

Hundreds of thousands of people have tweeted about New York designer Kate Spade - and nearly 70% were female.

About 57% of those users tweeting were aged between 18 and 24.

Young women shared memories of their "first Kate Spade" handbag, which for many came during high school.

'The first time I felt fashionable was that purse'

Owning a Kate Spade handbag was a must-have, rite of passage for many teenage girls, according to hundreds of women on Twitter.

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Chelsea Clinton was among those who showed affection for the designer's work.

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No stigma about mental health

Mental health and suicide prevention have been key subjects in discussions about the designer's death, with many Twitter users noting that money cannot buy happiness.

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#katespade and Insta quotes

Thousands of people have connected worldwide on social media through the hashtag #katespade.

On Instagram hundreds of people shared inspirational quotes they attribute to the designer.

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One of my favourite designers and one of my favourite quotes. 😢 #KateSpade

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Image caption, Hundreds of women share memories of purchasing their first Kate Spade handbag

Timeless icon

But what most fans of the feminine fashion brand have found is that Kate Spade - and her colourful palettes and bright, bold designs - are timeless.

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