Excuse me while I wipe a few tears from my eyes. She was married to Andy Spade, the brother of actor David Spade, and had a 13-year-old daughter, Frances. Kate Spade Handbags was launched in 1993, with its first store located in Manhattan's SoHo neighbourhood. He for one understands Spade's struggle to maintain her public image, amid bigger concerns such as seeking the problem resources of clinical attention.

The 55-year-old designer had reportedly fallen into a deep depression over the breakdown of her 24-year marriage before taking her own life, according to TMZ.

Mallis, the former CFDA director, noted that the stunning news of Spade's death came just the morning after virtually the entire NY fashion industry had gathered at the Brooklyn Museum for the glitzy annual CFDA awards. However, it appears he was at the apartment when Spade's body was discovered. At one point, the couple liquidated their 401 (k) s to keep the company going.

Before making the jump to designing, she was a senior fashion editor at the fashion magazine Mademoiselle.

"She believed in my vision", he said.

Then in 1996 everything changed. "Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed away", Kate Spade New York said in a statement.

From there, the two continued down their empire-building journey.

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"She made fashion fun and empowering and full of personality", Howard wrote in part. You could afford them, and happily buy more than one. "She was just a cute little girl". It's said Kate did not want to break up.

Tom Healy, Kate Spade and Andy Spade attend the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Annual Downtown Dinner at Cipriani 55 Wall Street May 4, 2006 in NY.

Tapestry Inc, the handbag company formerly known as Coach, eventually bought the Kate Spade brand in May 2017 to tap millennials, who are drawn to the company's quirky satchels and colourful tote bags.

The site also reported that Spade was found by her housekeeper after hanging herself with a red scarf from a wardrobe doorknob in her bedroom, alongside a note to her daughter that read "Bea - I have always loved you".

One of her doormen told CBS2's Janelle Burrell "She was such a handsome person and so kind". Kate was building Frances Valentine until her untimely death at age 55. Spade also leaves behind a legacy of entrepreneurship and hard work that young women can look up to.

Spade's family says they are devastated by this loss and are asking for privacy at this time. I thought, OK, really? She was handsome and elegant and charming.


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