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The Legacy Of Kate Spade

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Designer Kate Spade is seen in 2004 among handbags and shoes from her collection. Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment on Tuesday. She was 55.

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Fashion designer Kate Spade set trends for generations of women. Her work was timeless, colorful and fun. Her designs were appropriate for work but never sacrificed a sense of personality.

Spade was also one of only a few prominent women to lead her own line in the male-dominated fashion industry.

Spade was found dead on Tuesday, prompting many fans to talk about their first time buying a Kate Spade design.

We talked about her life and legacy. What made her designs so successful? How will fans remember her? And what are the hurdles for women in the fashion industry?

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