It’s been nearly three months since Kate Spade’s tragic death, and her memory still hangs heavy in the hearts of many New Yorkers. Luckily, her friends have found some unique ways to honor her. Next week her line Frances Valentine will re-release the “Kate” bag — one of the six designs that launched her carer — with proceeds going to charity.
First introduced in 1993, the Kate bag is a medium-sized tote. Frances Valentine will be bringing the style back in nylon, in four colors, to be sold exclusively at Barney’s, and on the brand’s website. 20% of the sales will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of America.
“Katy’s imprint on design is singular and is the driving force behind everything we create at Frances Valentine. The Boys and Girls Club of America champions our young people and sees the innate potential in each child to become productive, caring and responsible citizens,” said Elyce Arons, managing partner of the brand, former head of operations at Kate Spade, and longtime friend of the late designer. “We’re passionate that everyone, no matter their background, have access to art, education and the opportunity to express. The BGCA has been providing these opportunities for over 100 years and we couldn’t think of a better organization to support in Katy’s honor.”
The Kate bag retails for $195, and will be available September 6th.