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Fashion Designer Kate Spade, 55, Found Dead in New York Apartment

Diana Rolland / June 6, 2018

The fashion world lost one of America’s most popular designers on Tuesday. Kate Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment of an apparent suicide. Police reported that she was found by her housekeeper and left a suicide note, though the exact details have not been made available to the public.

Kate Spade, née Katherine Noel Brosnahan, founded fashion label Kate Spade New York in 1993 with her husband, Andy Space. Starting with iconic handbags, Kate Spade is now a global fashion brand worth over two billion dollars, but the eponymous designer sold her ownership stake in the company in 2007 to spend more time with her daughter, Frances. She returned to the world of fashion accessories when she launched Frances Valentine in 2016. The excited designer even changed her name to Kate Valentine Spade to reflect her new company and launch a new phase of her life.

Over the years Kate Spade was recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as “America’s New Fashion Talent in Accessories” in 1996 and 1998 and won the CFDA Award for “Best Accessory Designer of the Year.”

Kate Spade is survived by her husband of 24 years, Andy, and her 13-year-old daughter, Frances.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chat online.