How Kate Spade Helped Me Find Myself

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Aimee Jefferson

News of Kate Spade’s death sent shock waves through the fashion industry yesterday, and Who What Wear HQ was no exception. Like nearly every editor in the office, I had a personal relationship with her bags—and it all started with a friends-and-family sale nearly a decade ago.

At the time, you couldn’t have convinced me, a behind-the-scenes word nerd, to wear pink, let alone pay for the pleasure. Yet here I was, salivating over a bright nylon bag that didn’t even have a crossbody strap (how impractical!), gawking at a gasp-worthy $250* retail price (scratched out next to a bright red $55), and thinking to myself, Oh yeah, this is necessary.

To be fair, I did kind of need it. I was traveling a lot for a long-distance relationship and quickly learning that airport style was a thing, so I treated myself. Thus began my journey to find myself—or at least to buy more Kate Spade.

*Prices have been changed because I don’t remember them.

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