Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead In Her New York Apartment
Fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in her Manhattan apartment to suicide. The 55 year old left a note before taking her own life inside her bedroom.
Reports say it was her housekeeper that discovered her lifeless body and that her husband Andy was also in the apartment at the time.
Spade is survived by her husband, who is the brother of actor David Spade, and her 13-year-old daughter Frances. Kate was also the aunt of Rachel Brosnahan, the star of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.
Spade is best known for her luxurious range of handbags which she and her husband launched back in 1993. Since then they have added clothes and other accessories to the Kate Spade label.
The mum of one was twice honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1996 as an emerging accessories designer to watch and again in 1998 as the best accessories designer of the year.
In a statement released shortly after her death, CFDA heads Steven Kolb and Diane von Furstenberg said: ‘The CFDA is devastated to hear the news of our friend, colleague, and CFDA member Kate Spade’s tragic passing. She was a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories. We want to honor her life and her major contribution to the fashion business and express our most sincere condolences to the family.’
Spade was born Kate Brosnahan in Kanasas City then moved to Arizona State University to study journalism, which is where she met her husband.
After graduating in 1985 she spent the next six years working for Mademoiselle in New York City, eventually landing herself the role of senior fashion editor. It was in 1991 that she saw a gap in the market for women’s handbags and decided to leave her editor role to pursue her dream. A year after launching the company, Kate and Andy were married.
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