Designer Kate Spade dead at 55

Designer Kate Spade dead at 55

The NYPD confirmed to ET that Kate, 55, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday and her body was discovered by an individual who was employed by her. Law enforcement officials said Spade's note contained a message to the teenage girl telling her it was not her fault. The officials were not authorised to give details of an investigation and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, the Guardian reports.

"Her products were so filled with joy, colour and excitement - I really hope she knew how much love she brought to her customers".

Kate Spade, 55-year-old fashion designer and entrepreneur, reportedly died by suicide on Tuesday.

Although she hasn't been involved in the company that sells Kate Spade branded bags for many years, the designer's death could have an impact via the so-called halo effect in shoppers' minds, said Brian Yarbrough, an analyst at Edward Jones.

Neiman Marcus purchased 56 per cent of the company in 1999 and the remaining 44 per cent by 2006, at which time Ms Spade left the business to raise her daughter.

Just a year ago, Coach bought Kate Spade's company in a whopping $2.4 billion deal.

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Spade herself founded a new accessories label called Frances Valentine with husband Andy Spade in 2016. Spade took that time to focus on her family, as she and her husband had welcomed a daughter. She started as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle, and launched her company in 1993 based on six bag designs.

Kate Spade is the second high-profile fashion designer to commit suicide in NY following the death of L'Wren Scott four years ago.

Spade was found hanged with a scarf in the bedroom of her Park Avenue apartment not long after 10am. Andy is the brother of Hollywood actor David Spade.

Lena Dunham tweeted about Spade's "quirky visual language". "She was also a staple of NYC who spread goodwill. My heart goes out to her family and to all she has touched".

"I think there's a big difference between what I'm doing and what I did at Kate Spade". She was a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories.

Hollywood is mourning the loss of Kate Spade.

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