Iconic fashion designer, Kate Spade, was found dead in her apartment in New York City on Tuesday morning. She leaves behind the legacy of her famous handbags.
Law enforcement agencies found the 55 year old’s body at 10:20 a.m. in her Park Avenue apartment. She was pronounced dead on the scene. She is survived by her husband, Andy Spade, and her daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade.
Kate and Andy met while working at a clothing store. They launched Kate Spade handbags in 1993, and the line eventually expanded to include clothes and jewelry. They got married in 1994. In 2007, Kate sold her company and took time off to raise her daughter. She returned with another line called Francis Valentine in 2016. The line was named after her daughter.
She appeared alongside her husband in an interview for the BUILD Series in September 2016 where he talked about the experience of working with her. He said, “The good part is that we share the same aesthetic and we like the same things. She happens to be very very detail oriented and I happen to think more conceptually.”
Watch the full interview here:
Her husband has not yet commented on her death.
Her brother in law, David Spade, took to Instagram to write a sweet tribute. He posted a picture of the two of them on his Instagram and wrote “Fuzzy picture but I love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day. She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still can’t believe it. It’s a rough world out there people, try to hang on.”
Celebrities took to Twitter to express their grief.
Fans of the designer also took to social media to share their thoughts and express what Kate’s designs had meant to them.
Just hearing about this horrible news about my favorite designer Kate Spade. I love her company and how she was inspiring and being a great Entrepreneur to her brand. I’m sending my love to her family and I will continue to buy her stuff and follow her legacy. #katespade ♠️❤️ pic.twitter.com/EXJ6uCOb1n
— ?Katelyn? (@katieeriley93) June 5, 2018
“Find the magic in everything.”
RIP Kate Spade? pic.twitter.com/rMelzHuK2X
— Chanel Midwest (@Chuh_NayNay) June 5, 2018
RIP Kate Spade. Your brand brought me much delight, even amid bouts of depression. I so wanted to be THAT Kate Spade kinda girl living that carefree, colorful life full w/joyful jaunts, witty bon mots, easy elegance, loveliness & laughter. I guess you did too. Rest In Peace now pic.twitter.com/tYLx56iAOk
— Juliette Yancey (@JulietteYancey) June 5, 2018
I have these two quotes hanging in my bedroom, and look at them every day. Kate Spade was one of my favorite designers. Mental illnesses can impact anyone despite fame, money, or success. Rest easy. ?? pic.twitter.com/bBmvbpnlXT
— Mag ???♀️ (@Magflower__) June 5, 2018
This one hurts. The designer world lost a true fashion icon today. RIP Kate Spade. Your sparkle will live on❤️ pic.twitter.com/7JOR8R2fIR
— Jessica Guzman (@JessGuzman88) June 5, 2018
I was literally just thinking about Kate Spade this morning. She will always be an icon. @katespadeny
— Princess JaKeirra ? (@oreo_numero_uno) June 5, 2018
Spade’s suicide has brought a renewed attention to mental illness and the struggles people may be facing behind closed doors. At the same time, it has pushed all those that followed her work to take a stand against letting mental illness fester without help.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).
The news of Spade’s passing was first reported by TMZ.