Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in NY

Designer Kate Spade reportedly found dead from apparent suicide

Designer Kate Spade reportedly found dead from apparent suicide

According to police, Spade hanged herself in her Park Avenue home and was pronounced dead on the scene.

The designer sold the remaining portion of her ownership stake in the Kate Spade brand in 2006 to allow her time off to raise her daughter, now 13 years old. The officials were not authorized to divulge details of the investigation and spoke to the media on condition of anonymity.

"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", the statement said.

Spade, who was 55, created a line of sleek handbags in the early 1990s that created a smash.

Back in 1993, Kate Brosnahan Spade, a former accessories editor at mademoiselle, set out to design the ideal handbag, according to her company's website. Since then, Claiborne changed its corporate name to Kate Spade in 2014 and sold the company to Tapestry Inc., which also owns the Coach brand. In 1996, just a mere 3 years later, the Kate Spade brand opened its first store and from there, morphed into a multi-billion dollar company.

Spade, then known as Kate Brosnahan, and future husband Andy Spade were on a trip to Provincetown visiting friends in 1993 when the pair made a decision to name their company Kate Spade, combining her first name and his last name. But Kate Spade wasn't frilly. "My heart goes out to her family and to all she has touched".

Our thoughts remain with her friends and family during this hard time.

If you know someone struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, free help is available. Years later, after the birth of their daughter, they made a second foray into fashion, launching Frances Valentine, a handbag-and-shoe company, in 2015. "She was also a staple of NYC who spread goodwill".

"Fuzzy picture but i love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos", David captioned the photo.

The couple launched Kate Spade Handbags in 1993, which grew into a full-fledged clothing and jewellery line.

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