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Kate Spade: A Fashion Innovator



As I'm sure you know by now, Kate Spade passed away yesterday at the young age of 55. The news claims that she passed from an alleged suicide, but it's hard to really tell. You and I both were not present when it happened. The point of this post is not to highlight what happened, but to honor the movement Kate started, and her story- along with highlighting the importance of mental health.

When I found out, I was scrolling through Instagram and my jaw dropped.. I was shocked upon viewing the above Instagram post from the company. Just last week, I listened to an episode of the NPR podcast How I Built This, interviewing Kate and Andy Spade & telling their story. I would recommend you go listen to it, as it's an amazing entrepreneurial story and movement behind the Kate Spade brand. 

Kate Spade is important to me becuase she was the first designer who inspired me. When I was younger, I thought I was going to be a fashion designer among many other things. I can remember being around 8-10 and going to Kate Spade's website, falling in love with all of the color. On that same day, I read her story and became interested in entrepreneurship at that moment. Spade sparked something in me, and is a source of inspiration.

Kate Spade and her husband sold all of their stakes in the company years ago. However, they have since started Frances Valentine as a new venture. Kate had felt that she lost control of her company, which is why she resorted to a new business path. Kate Spade (the brand) was different from when she first started the company. I am not going to sit here and tell you the story of Kate Spade, when you can hear it directly from the legend herself in this podcast.

Mental health is a very serious issue that I believe is often overlooked. Personally, I struggle with ADD, anxiety, and depression, hear my story in this video. No one seems to want to talk about their mental illnesses, as if they are ashamed. There are so many people who struggle with mental illnesses, and you wouldn't know because they keep quiet. Just like you can't decide the color of your skin, hair, etc. people who have mental illnesses do not choose to suffer from their particular disease.

Mental illnesses do not define you. I am a child of God, and he is so much bigger than my struggles with ADD, anxiety, and depression. People with anxiety or ADD are much more prone to depression than the average human. After experiencing a cycle of restlessness & not being able to sleep from ADD, I have become depressed in the past. I have also experienced depression from repeated anxiety attacks; I am now on medication.

"How is your heart?" This may be a cliche question, but it's important and something you need to ask those individuals you care about in your life as well as yourself. Often, those who struggle with mental illness are not going to bring it up to you as they feel it would be a burden on you. Show the important people in your life that you love them and you care. Be present, and love them well.

If you don't ask, then you may never know. Be intentional, available, and show up in the lives of others. God will work through you in way you never could have imagined when you let him sit in control of your life. The more you love God, the more you will love others and shine his light. I hope this post helped or gave you insight in some way. Thanks for reading!

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xx, God Bless,
Daria

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