Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her apartment this morning from an apparent suicide. The 55 year old iconic designer was found by a staff member hanged from a red scarf on her bedroom door.
The incident according to NYPD happened around 10:30 a.m. at Kate Spade’s Park Avenue apartment on the Upper West Side. Officials reportedly found a suicide note at the scene, which left them to speculate that the designer committed suicide. The details of note hasn’t been released to press.
About Kate Spade:
Katherine Noel Brosnahan (December 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018), professionally known as Kate Spade and Kate Valentine, was an American fashion designer and businesswoman. Kate and Andy Spade launched the New York–based design company “kate spade handbags” in January 1993. As the name implies, they initially sold mainly handbags, but eventually extended to clothing, jewelry, shoes, stationery, eyewear, baby items, fragrances, tabletop, bedding and gifts. In 1996, the Kate Spade brand opened its first boutique, a 400-square-foot shop located in Manhattan’s trendy SoHo district, and moved its headquarters into a 10,000-square-foot space in West 25th Street.
In 2004, “Kate Spade at home” was launched as a home collection brand. It featured bedding, bath items, china, wallpaper and various items for the home. She also shared about her personal style and philosophies in her three books: Manners, Occasions, and Style. The brand went international in 2004, when a store was opened in Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan.
Spade was co-founder and designer of Frances Valentine, a handbag and footwear brand that launched in February 2016. In 2018, to celebrate the two-year anniversary of her new brand, Frances Valentine launched a new campaign called “Where is Kate?” that includes a short film produced and directed by Andy Spade