Famous designer Kate Spade, 55, found dead of apparent suicide

Ksenia Novikova
Jun 06, 2018
06:29 A.M.
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Kate Spade, the famous designer, committed suicide by hanging herself from a door at her New York City apartment. Her body was found by a housekeeper.


Kate, who was married to Andy Spade, David Spade's brother, was discovered with a red scarf around her neck on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in her bedroom at her Park Avenue home, in Manhattan.

According to People, the late 55-year-old left a suicide note for her husband and daughter, Frances Beatrix, telling the 13-year-old that it wasn't her fault.

Originally named Katherine Noel Brosnahan, Kate was the successful name behind Kate Spade New York, one of the most famous labels in the world, founded in 1993.

Kate started the business with her husband's help and began by designing colorful handbags. Later on, she started experimenting and expanded the line into other accessories and pieces of clothing


The company grew so much that it turned into a billion-dollar brand, which she sold to Tapestry, Inc. for $2.4 billion in 2017. After that, the couple took a break from designing in order to focus on their daughter.

Although Kate believed that she would miss running her business, she realized that she didn't miss it all that much despite loving the fashion world.

In 2016, Kate legally changed her name to Kate Valentine Spade so it would match her new accessories brand. The designer claimed that it was important to distinguish the person she was from the person that she used to be.

Her designing skills were highly praised and her work was recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with America's New Fashion Talent Accessories in 1996 and 1998, as well as the Best Accessory Designer of the Year award.

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