How shoe and handbag brand Frances Valentine is keeping Kate Spade’s spirit alive season after season

By Kristen Desmond Lefevre, Indiana/ Photography By Chris Sorensen

When Kate Brosnahan Spade, Kansas, died in 2018, she left things behind. A note explaining the depth of her depression.  A husband and a daughter, family and close friends, all grieving the woman they called “Katy” or “Mom.” Kappas who proudly called her “sister.” Fans worldwide who called her a fashion favorite for her sunny designs with their trademark blend of irreverence and timelessness.  She also left behind a company—and it’s not the one you’re thinking of.

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