Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead in NYC Apartment

Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead in NYC Apartment

Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead in NYC Apartment

In an email to FN, Kate Spade New York said, "We at Kate Spade New York just learned of the incredibly sad news that Kate Spade has passed".

Spade was found dead in her Park Avenue apartment on Tuesday morning from an apparent suicide.

The 55-year-old left a note at the scene and was found by housekeeping at about 10:20 a.m.

Officials on the scene said they could not give more detail while the investigation is still ongoing.

Tapestry Inc, the handbag company formerly known as Coach, bought Kate Spade in May 2017 to cater to millennials, who are drawn to the company's quirky satchels and colourful tote bags.

The brand's first boutique was opened in Manhattan's SoHo district in 1996 and there are now 140 retail shops across the United States, with 175 more around the world.

When I was coming up at Steve Madden, I looked up to Kate Spade and admired her work.

Spade, who was an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine, launched her company with husband Andy in their apartment in 1993. Celebrities including Chelsea Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell and Bethenny Frankel took to social media to react to the news of the 55-year-old's death. In 2016, she launched a new USA brand named after her daughter.

WEB EXTRA: Kate Spade speaks with CBS2's Gail O'Neill in this 1999 interview.

Spade is also aunt to actress Rachel Brosnahan. Spade sold the company in 2007 and created a new brand named after her daughter in 2016. "Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time".

"She was also a staple of NYC who spread good will", she said. She did not show her bedroom but spoke on her love for the home and her family.

In an eerie coincidence, Spade was the answer to a "Jeopardy!" question on the night before her death in a "Designer Initials" category: "She made a name for herself in the 1990s with her handbags: K.S". Call the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention at 204-784-4073 or contact a local crisis centre or call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.

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