Rachel Brosnahan is paying tribute to her late aunt, Kate Spade.
During an appearance on the “Today” show on Wednesday morning, the 28-year-old “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star joined the late fashion designer’s business partner and best friend, Elyce Arons, to unveil the spring campaign for Spade’s footwear and accessories label Frances Valentine, which launched in 2016.
As the new face of the line, Brosnahan says, “This was an opportunity for us to celebrate her life and her legacy and how much she meant not only to us but to so many other people — and the impact that she’s had on the fashion industry. It was a really special experience and the collection is beautiful.”
Arons adds, “It is vintage-modern. It is keeping Kate’s designs and creativity and spirit alive through Frances Valentine with beautiful bags and they are really classic. They are something you could wear 10 years ago or 10 years from now.”
Looking back at the loss of her aunt, who tragically ended her life in June 2018, Brosnahan recalls, [She was] one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. We are so touched hearing in the wake of this unthinkable tragedy that we all experienced together, how many other people had been touched either by her personally, by her work, [or] by her designs.”
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Knowing Katy, this is how she would want to be remembered. She had a light that words can’t capture but touched everyone she came into contact with. She was exceedingly kind, beautifully sensitive, insanely talented, funny as heck and one of the most generous people I have ever known. She was effervescent. Hug your loved ones extra tight today.
Speaking to those struggling with mental health, the Golden Globe Award winner says, “Life is hard. There are so many of us who have experienced the high-highs and low-lows that life can contain and I know that it can be so difficult to reach up out of the darkness but you are absolutely never ever along and please do reach out. And everyone else, reach out to the people that you love and remind them that you love them.”