Designer Kate Spade Was Found Dead In Her Apartment In An Apparent Suicide
The 55-year-old's work was huge in the women's world.
BY JONATHAN EVANS | Jun 6, 2018 | Fashion
Iconic women’s designer Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment Tuesday morning, the result of an apparent suicide, TMZ is reporting. She was 55. Spade reportedly hanged herself with a scarf in her Park Avenue home, leaving a note (the contents of which are still unclear). The outpouring of emotion online is just a small testament to Spade's impact on the world of fashion:
Kate. 😢 You never know what someone is going through. Please call— Alyson Stoner (@AlysonStoner) June 5, 2018
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1-800-273-8255 ❤️ #katespade
My heart honestly just stopped. Just had an alert to say Kate Spade has passed away, suspected suicide. A massive loss to the fashion world, truly loved her. Sending love to her family & friends, it shows how you never know what happens behind close doors❤️ #katespade pic.twitter.com/Zr55yGnGqD— JADIE❤️ (@JadeCunnington) June 5, 2018
The sadly ironic part is that if I had to use one word to describe #KateSpade's aesthetic, I would say "Happy."— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) June 5, 2018
Please seek help if you're overwhelmed and reach out to others who look like they might be.
Spade met her future husband Andy Spade (the brother of David Spade) at Arizona State University in the mid '80s, moving to New York with him in 1986. After working at Mademoiselle magazine, Kate launched her handbag company with Andy in 1993. The two married in 1994.
Kate and Andy Spade. / Getty Images
Over the course of the '90s, the Kate Spade brand became a force in the women's world, eventually giving rise to a complementary men's label, Jack Spade. Throughout the 2000s, both brands boomed. For a time, it was pretty much impossible to go through a day without catching a small "Kate Spade New York" or "Jack Spade New York" label on a handbag or messenger bag.
In 2006, Kate and Andy sold their remaining stake in the company to Neiman Marcus Group, which had purchased 56 percent in 1999. In 2017, Coach, Inc. acquired the brand from Liz Claiborne Inc. (which bought the company from Neiman Marcus in 2006), for a price of $2.4 billion. Though the Kate Spade brand is still going strong, Jack Spade shuttered all of its physical locations in January of 2015 and now produces only a small number of goods. Kate, for her part, had gotten back into fashion in 2016 with a new line called Frances Valentine, named for the daughter she took time off to raise when her company sold in 2007.
The fashion world lost someone special today. Our thoughts are with Kate's family.
From: Esquire US