Fashion designer Kate Spade dead at 55

08 June, 2018, 03:53 | Author: Andrea Terry
  • Designer Kate Spade reportedly found dead from apparent suicide

A note found on a bed near Spade's body was addressed to her 13-year-old daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade.

Brosnahan was born in Kansas City, Missouri.

They began by selling handbags before expanding to include clothing, jewelry, bedding, legwear and fragrances.

Kate Spade was sister-in-law to actor, comedian, and Saturday Night Live veteran David Spade.

In addition to the brand's home furnishings collection, which debuted at High Point Market in 2015, Kate Spade New York has also done licensing partnerships with Wendover Art Group, Lenox, EJ Victor, Kravet, Visual Comfort, and Jaipur.

At the time, the company made just six handbags.

As CNN put it, "For many women, a Kate Spade handbag functioned as a symbol of professional achievement". In 1996, the Kate Spade brand opened its first boutique, a 400-square-foot shop located in Manhattan's trendy SoHo district, and moved its headquarters into a 10,000-square-foot space in West 25th Street.

Her husband and business partner, Andy Spade, was in the apartment at the time, while their daughter was at school. Not only was it roomy, but the tough nylon fabric stood up to wear and tear.

The Kate Spade brand has continued on, for more than a decade now, without its founders.


Kate and Andy Spade sold 56% of the brand to Neiman Marcus for $33.6 million in 1999. Spade sold her company in 2007. And just a year ago, Coach announced that they're acquiring the brand for US$2.4 billion.

A kind spirit, a talented creative designer and a philanthropist - that's always how people who admired her will remember Kate Spade.

On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, the world lost a attractive soul.

Her most famous handbag was the "Sam" - a black mid-size rectangular bag. Chelsea Clinton and other netizens shared stories of how they got their first Kate Spade bag. I still have it.

"Fuzzy picture but I love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos", David, 54, wrote on Instagram.

Ivanka Trump wrote the designer's "tragic passing is a painful reminder that we never truly know another's pain or the burden they carry".

A police spokeswoman told the AFP news agency the exact circumstances surrounding her death were not yet clear.

"We want to honour her life and her major contribution to the fashion business and express our most honest condolences to the family". "How hard can it be?'" she quipped.

Her cheerful use of bright colors and prints proved a hit with career women.

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