Spade was found by a housekeeper in her NYC apartment
American fashion designer and icon Kate Spade was found dead in her NYC apartment this morning in an apparent suicide. Sources report she left behind a note. She was found by a housekeeper earlier today. She was 55.
CNN reports that an NYPD source says the call about her passing came in at 10:30 this morning. The contents of the note she left behind are currently unknown.
According to Wikipedia, Kansas City, Missouri-born Spade and her husband Andy launched her New York-based design company in 1993, Kate Spade Handbags. By 1996, her brand opened its first boutique in Manhattan’s SoHo district. In 2004, “Kate Spade at home” launched offering bedding, bath items, china, wallpaper and other home items. She sold her remaining ownership stake in the company in 2006 to take time off to be with her daughter, Frances Beatrix Spade, born in 2005.
In 2016, Spade launched a new luxury footwear and handbag company called Frances Valentine. Just recently, the company began a new campaign called, “Where is Kate?” which included a video produced and directed by her husband.
In 2017, Coach, Inc. acquired Kate Spade for $2.4 billion. Kate Spade New York has more than 140 shops and outlet stores in the United States with another 175 internationally. She’s won countless awards throughout her career for her creativity and entrepreneurial skills. Her brand was known for having sleek, utilitarian shapes and designs. Spade was a former accessories editor for Mademoiselle but left in 1991 with the title of senior fashion editor/head of accessories.
She leaves behind her 13-year-old daughter and her husband of 24 years.
Twitter reactions came quickly as the fashion world learned the tragic news of her passing.
totally shocked to hear about Kate Spade. She was an inspiration to me and to millions of @HowIBuiltThis listeners. Thank you for everything you did for American fashion and entrepreneurship. One of my favorite interviews ever: https://t.co/oSkGCQw3rW
— Guy Raz (@guyraz) June 5, 2018
My grandmother gave me my first Kate Spade bag when I was in college. I still have it. Holding Kate’s family, friends and loved ones in my heart.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade taught me it was ok to be Midwestern, and kinda square, and want bigger things for yourself, and accidentally end up in NYC.
— Kashana (@kashanacauley) June 5, 2018
Poor @katespadeny to be in so much pain. Success doesn’t make you happy. True love & peace does.
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) June 5, 2018
Kate Spade is a prime example of how fame and money don't cure a mental illness. Chasing after material goods and ego boosts won’t cure your depression.
There’s absolutely no shame in admitting that you need help. Your life is important and people are willing to help
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) June 5, 2018
Shocked to hear of Kate Spade’s passing. She was a pioneer for women’s fashion, and to the outside world, a success in every way. But mental illness does not discriminate. No matter who you are. If you ever feel alone, know there is ALWAYS help. Love you.
— Jessica Vosk (@JessicaVosk) June 5, 2018
The nicest woman, the first person to compliment me on Liz Lange Maternity when I first started. And the creator of the most iconic brand. I am heart broken by this news. https://t.co/teisqU6JK8
— Liz Lange (@lizlange) June 5, 2018
Many included a plea to those suffering from mental illness to reach out for help.
Saddened by the news of Kate Spade. Always come back to this quote:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— Taylor Stern (@TayStern) June 5, 2018
Depression does not discriminate and comes without warning. RIP Kate Spade. Love to her family.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 5, 2018
Let’s make sure the tragic suicide of Kate Spade isn’t all for nothing and learn from this. As someone who has struggled with depression, can report that sometimes tough times hit when nobody else would expect. Mental health is a life-or-death issue. Check in with loved ones.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 5, 2018
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).