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.”
— kate spade new york (@katespadeny) June 5, 2018
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.”
I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. I have worn her clothes many, many times. They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them. You couldn’t walk into her boutiques and not smile. Rest In Peace, Kate.
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 5, 2018
Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 5, 2018