Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead in NYC Apartment

Fashion Designer Kate Spade Found Dead in NYC Apartment

Fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in an apparent suicide, according to law enforcement officials.

A housekeeper found Spade in her home at 850 Park about 10:20 a.m., The Associated Press reported, citing law-enforcement officials. Her signature fashion label (Kate Spade New York), was formed in 1993 with her husband and ultimately expanded into more than 100 USA retail locations, outlet stores and global shops; she stepped down from designing in 2007 after the company was acquired by the Neiman Marcus Group.

Kate Spade launched her namesake business in 1993 and worked with her husband to grow it into a million-dollar business before it was sold to Neiman Marcus in 2006. In 2017 Spade sold the label to Coach for $2.4 billion.

Meanwhile, Spade and her husband started a new handbag company a few years ago, Frances Valentine. Spade took that time to focus on her family, as she and her husband had welcomed a daughter.

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Fans wrote of how simply owning something with Kate Spade's name on it was special.

'We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly.

Designer Kenneth Cole has revamped his tribute to tragic Kate Spade after upsetting her followers by suggesting she was "an accessory".

In 2016, she re-emerged to the scene with her new fashion brand Frances Valentine.

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Fellow designers and industry executives reacted to the news of Spade's death.

Our thoughts remain with her friends and family during this hard time. "She could make me laugh so hard".

"My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college".

After news broke about Spade's suicide, her brother-in-law, comic David Spade, was spotted looking somber while hugging a friend in Los Angeles. "She was also a staple of NYC who spread goodwill".

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