Kate Spade Dies at 55

Fashion designer Kate Spade has died at 55 in New York.

Spade, who was well-known for her fashion brand and accessory line, was found dead in her apartment in Manhattan. Police are investigating her death as an apparent suicide, and said she left a note behind.

Spade co-founded Kate Spade New York in 1993 with her partner Andy Spade. The brand started by selling handbags before expanding into clothes, shoes and jewellery. It soon became popular among young women as a brand that offered affordable luxury.

The couple sold the brand in 2006, and launched a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine, named after their daughter, in 2016.

Kate Spade New York said in a statement: “Although Kate has not been affiliated with the brand for more than a decade, she and her husband and creative partner, Andy, were the founders of our beloved brand … Kate will be dearly missed.”

Designer Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb of the Council of Fashion Designers of America expressed their condolences in a joint statement.

“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.”