Kate Spade, American Designer, Dead at 55

Carla Harmon
June 6, 2018

The body of the celebrated fashion designer was found Tuesday morning by a housekeeper in her Manhattan apartment, according to multiple reports.

Officials, who spoke to The Associated Press news agency on condition of anonymity, said a note was found at the scene. The brand now has 140 stores in the United States and an additional 175 retail outlets around the world.

Kate and Andy Spade sold majority stake in their company to Neiman Marcus in 1999, and the remaining shares in 2006 for a combined $93 million.

Tapestry Inc - the handbag company formerly known as Coach - bought the company in May a year ago.

She returned to the fashion industry several years ago with the launch of her new accessories brand, Frances Valentine, a second act that sells shoes, jewelry and handbags. She even legally changed her name to Kate Valentine Spade in order to differentiate herself from the namesake company she founded.

Spade is survived by her husband and daughter.

Kate Spade arrives at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards in New York on June 2, 2003, at the New York Public Library. "We have to make her fall in love".

Her brother-in-law is actor and comedian David Spade. The couple, who married in 1994, have a 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade. Kate also revealed that she and Andy laughed a lot together.

Julia Curry, a spokeswoman for the company, said that "Kate will be dearly missed" and "our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time".

The New York City chief medical examiner's office said the cause of Spade's death was being investigated. Her impact on the fashion and accessories world will forever be felt by those who knew her and those who were fans of her work. And I said, honey, you just don't start a handbag company.

"The CFDA is devastated to hear the news of our friend, colleague, and CFDA member Kate Spade's tragic passing", the statement said. For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

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