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KENNETH COLE APOLOGIZES FOR HIS RESPONSE TO KATE SPADE’S DEATH
Thursday, Jun 7, 2018
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The fashion world continues to mourn the loss of visionary and designer Kate Spade who committed suicide earlier this week. Designer Kenneth Cole took to Twitter to express his sadness over her death, but what he said got him in some trouble.

Kenneth initially tweeted, “I believed that I could, so I did.’ She alone didn’t change the handbag world but she was an inspiring accessory. #KateSpade #RIP”. People were quick to point out the seemingly obvious shade thrown by calling her an “accessory.”
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He quickly deleted the tweet and replaced it with, “Kate Spade left an indelible mark on the fashion industry and her inspiring life and work will be missed. We lost a true visionary today. My heart goes out to her family and to all she has touched.”

Kenneth further explained his mistake in a statement to People Magazine:

“I often say ‘we may not heel the world, but we hope to be an accessory. Kate Spade left an indelible mark on the fashion industry and my tweet was intended to pay tribute to her inspiring life and work. After posting the tweet, I realized there may have been room for misinterpretation.”

A source close to Kenneth Cole went on to further defend his remarks and highlight the friendship Kenneth and Kate had.

“Kenneth has known Kate for many years. They were colleagues and on the board of the CFDA together. He used to check in with her periodically about different things but hadn’t seen her in a while.”

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