Kate and her husband Andy recently sat down with NPR's Guy Raz for an episode of "How I Built This" last year.
Spade, who worked at a fashion magazine at the time, talked about how the couple built and launched the handbag line from scratch.
Here's what she told Raz about the night they came up with the idea:
It's funny. You know, Andy and I were talking one night. And I just said — I was looking ahead and I saw the fashion directors. That would be your next jump from being senior fashion editor. And I thought, I don't really see myself wanting that job. So Andy and I were out, honestly, at a Mexican restaurant.And he just said, what about handbags? And I said, honey, you just don't start a handbag company. And he said, why not? How hard can it be? (Laughter) I thought, OK, really? He regrets those words.
"How I Built This" remembered the designer in a tweet:
You can listen to the entire interview here.