Fashion Icon Kate Spade Found Dead in her New York Home

Fashion Icon Kate Spade Found Dead in her New York Home

We have just received word that fashion icon Kate Spade has been found dead in her New York home by apparent suicide.

Kate Spade, who took the fashion world by storm with her beautifully designed handbags in 1993 took her own life, but why is the question…

Fashion Icon Kate Spade Found Dead in her New York reports the loss of a icon in the fashion industry, Kate Spade, dead at 55-years-old.

Kate Brosnahan Spade, who created an iconic, accessible handbag line that bridged Main Street and high-end fashion, hung herself in her home.

According to reports, police responded at 10:10 a.m. after Spade was found by her housekeeper, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said. A suicide note was found at the scene, he said. Spade addressed her daughter in the note, according to two NYPD sources. Spade’s husband also is referenced in the note, according to one of the sources.

In 1999, she and her husband, Andy Spade, sold 56% of the brand to Neiman Marcus for $33.6 million. Liz Claiborne acquired the company in 2007, and Spade left her namesake brand. The luxury fashion company Coach announced plans in May 2017 to buy Kate Spade for $2.4 billion. – CNN

Kate Spade New York issued a statement confirming the “incredibly sad news” of their eponymous founder’s death.

The statement reads as follows:

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. Our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.

The company also released a tweet saying:

We honor all the beauty she brought into this world!

Fashion Icon Kate Spade Found Dead in her New York Home

Two years before her untimely death, she launched Frances Valentine, her new handbag line. Spade debuted her new shoe and purse line, Frances Valentine, in 2016, according to WWD. For more on Frances Valentine please click here…

It was named for her now 13-year-old daughter, as well as several other members of Spade’s family,

Kate Spade New York in 1993 and opened her first shop in the city three years later, her brand became a household name in the fashion world.

Kate had a vision that was extraordinary, she knew what made women happy and she knew how to reach women of all statures. Spade was an exceptional woman, an icon, a pioneer and a groundbreaker in fashion. We are sad to hear the news that she took her own life.

Here are some of the most recent looks of Kate Spade handbags (please note this are after she sold the company). Notice the handbags are colorful and speak their own language. They are simple yet elegant and make a statement of sophistication. A Kate Spade bag tells a woman’s story only the way a woman can.

Suicide is the number 10 cause of death in America, if you know anyone suffering from suicidal thoughts, please reach out and have them call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

RIP Kate Spade you will truly be missed.

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